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100 Gecs - 10,000 Gecs (Album Review)

Wednesday, 22 March 2023 Written by Jacob Brookman

Photo: Chris Maggio

‘10,000 Gecs’ is the second studio album from American hyperpop duo 100 Gecs and arrives a year after it was initially slated for release. If the delay was due to adding final touches to the music, then it sort-of shows. This album is a frenetic, hyperactive melange of styles and genres with enough diversity of noise to keep the listener guessing for months.

It's also mental. It feels like the musical equivalent of smoking crack. And it’s undoubtedly an acquired taste. The single Mememe is an Auto-Tune-laden computer game song, squirting with dubstep basslines, ska inflected refrains, toy music and smashy shoutalongs. The feeling the track creates recalls certain Ween moments—somewhere between a novelty act and an art happening.

Elsewhere, Hollywood Baby grabs the satirical aftertaste and runs with it. Dylan Brady handles a chorus that sounds like other ‘Wee’ bands in Weezer and Wheatus:  “I’m going crazy / Little tiny Hollywood baby / Brand new Mercedes.”

It’s really, really annoying music that is also marvellously, distinctively other. It’s also really, really annoying.

They cover a lot of bases though. There is nu-metal in the form of Billy Knows Jamie and there is comedy in the form of Frog on the Floor. If a nosebleed-inducing ride through the digital metaverse is your bag, you will probably like ‘10,000 Gecs’. 

And the size of the audience for this is worth considering here. Despite its sonic mayhem,‘10,000 Gecs’ is actually being distributed through a major label in Atlantic. That means the money men and women are hoping the band dominates the hyperpop space, one that lives in doom scrolling, dark gifs, junk food ennui, crazed photo filters, plastic surgery and spiritual malaise. Ah, another nosebleed.

100 Gecs Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Tue April 04 2023 - SAN JOSE California - San Jose Civic (USA)
Wed April 05 2023 - OAKLAND California - Fox Theater Oakland (USA)
Fri April 07 2023 - VANCOUVER British Columbia - PNE Forum (Canada)
Sat April 08 2023 - PORTLAND Oregon - Mcmenamins Crystal Ballroom (USA)
Sun April 09 2023 - SEATTLE Washington - Showbox SoDo (USA)
Mon April 10 2023 - SEATTLE Washington - Showbox SoDo (USA)
Wed April 12 2023 - SALT LAKE CITY Utah - Rockwell at Complex SLC (USA)
Thu April 13 2023 - DENVER Colorado - Mission Ballroom (USA)
Sat April 15 2023 - ST LOUIS Missouri - Pageant (USA)
Sun April 16 2023 - MADISON Wisconsin - Sylvee (USA)
Tue April 18 2023 - MINNEAPOLIS - Armory Minneapolis (USA)
Thu April 20 2023 - CHICAGO Illinois - Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom (USA)
Fri April 21 2023 - ROYAL OAK Michigan - Royal Oak Music Theatre (USA)
Sat April 22 2023 - TORONTO - History Toronto (USA)
Mon April 24 2023 - MONTREAL Quebec - MTELUS (Canada)
Tue April 25 2023 - BOSTON Massachusetts - Roadrunner Boston (USA)
Wed April 26 2023 - PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania - Franklin Music Hall (USA)
Fri April 28 2023 - BROOKLYN New York - Great Hall at Avant Gardner (USA)
Sat April 29 2023 - BROOKLYN New York - Great Hall at Avant Gardner (USA)
Mon May 01 2023 - WASHINGTON - Anthem (USA)
Tue May 02 2023 - RALEIGH - Ritz Raleigh (USA)
Wed May 03 2023 - ATLANTA - Tabernacle (USA)
Fri May 05 2023 - DALLAS Texas - South Side Ballroom (USA)
Sat May 06 2023 - AUSTIN Texas - Stubbs BarBQ (USA)
Sun May 07 2023 - HOUSTON Texas - White Oak Music Hall (USA)
Tue May 09 2023 - ST PETERSBURG Florida - Jannus Live (USA)
Wed May 10 2023 - FORT LAUDERDALE Florida - Revolution Live (USA)
Thu May 11 2023 - ORLANDO Florida - Hard Rock Live - Orlando (USA)
Tue May 16 2023 - PHOENIX Arizona - Van Buren (USA)
Wed May 17 2023 - SAN DIEGO California - SOMA - Mainstage (USA)
Fri May 19 2023 - LOS ANGELES California - Hollywood Palladium (USA)
Sun May 21 2023 - ANAHEIM California - House of Blues Anaheim (USA)

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