10 000 Gecs by 100 Gecs album review by Otis Cohan Moan for Northern Transmissions


10,000 Gecs

100 Gecs

On their new album, symbolically, multiplied in the title by 10 times with the debut one, the Los Angeles hyperpop duo COMPRISED OF Laura Les and Dylan Brady perfects their reputation as the band that will play in your headphones in that very unfortunate moment when your mom or dad walks into your room and that you will have to explain to them long and hard in complete embarrassment.

If earlier the band brought their incorrigibly wild style to the listener with electronic loudness, chaotic inexplicability of what is happening and targeted odiousness, albeit skillfully done -now they have approached this task from a completely different angle. It can be assumed that during the preparation and maturation of the new album in the heads of the duet members, synthesizers flew straight into the trash bin, and in their place came not only concentration of all efforts on other musical genres and instruments, but also a new approach to storytelling and concentrating general absurdity. Looks like the scuba diving in the attic of parents’ house and digging up old cassettes of Blink-182 and Limp Bizkit albums has paid off handsomely. 10 000 gecs is just as short and concise as 1 000 gecs – both have 10 songs and both fall short of even half an hour total, but compared to the previous release, the new album has much more events, distinguishing characteristics and moments that coming together in a colossal load of fun.

Starting with a sample of the already iconic THX intro, the thick of things begins to stir in the infernal cauldron with greater speed and intensity more and more, without stopping for taking a breath for a single second. The group constantly surprises, sometimes even shocks and brings much more caustic colors into the overall picture, full of craziness. First you get hit your head hard on “Frog on the Floor”, which is similar to the Happy Tree Friends soundtrack (with that same oppressive inner feeling that now everything will end not very well). Then you get hit in the same place again with similar to the mockery of post-punk «Doritos & Fritos», starring Danny DeVito, mosquitoes and loud TVs (even Quentin
Tarantino couldn’t put it all together). And you will not have time to dodge the next obstacle with bursting eardrums breakdowns on “Billy Knows Jamie”, the force of which uppercuts Mike Tyson himself would envy. 100 gecs drops a 500-foot kettlebell, full of distortion, metal, turned to maximum effects and freakiness at you from fifteen stores high, while you are tied to a rapidly spinning children’s merry-go-round and neither physics nor any extraterrestrial power can predict the end of this story.

The highlights of the entire album, for me personally – are the ridiculously brutal and harsh GTA-like narrative “The Most Wanted Person in the United States”, and “I Got My Tooth Removed”, which sounds like that one very traumatic, but probably ended well (since you’re still alive after that) first visit to the dentist at the age of 5. And in the end, when you finally crawl out of this rollercoaster and run vomiting in the bushes due to severe dizziness – the sensations of this extreme ride at high speed remain in your memory for a long time.

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