100 gecs – 10,000 gecs

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Since setting the internet on fire with their deliciously baffling album 1000 gecs in 2019, the St. Louis duo, dubbed by many as hyperpop’s biggest gateway drug, have released a remix album featuring some of the biggest names in the genre. , toured extensively to check out the material on this album, and signed to a major label, but raising her profile certainly hasn’t set any limits. about the kind of unparalleled irreverent madness and endearing silliness they are known for. This is the kind of band that delays a sophomore effort for over a year due to cleaning up a sample of the THX movie intro sound. The vision is completely off the mark, but everything is meticulously planned. Some of the biggest sonic changes the gecs have been embracing come in the form of more live instrumentation that takes some of the limelight away from the electronics, as most of the first half of the album is taken up by pounding guitars. Laura Les, a transgender woman who previously spoke about high-pitched hyperpop vocals helping her through moments of dysmorphia, also seems more comfortable using unfiltered vocals, bringing an even rawer sound to the table that complements some of the moments. musically more aggressive. . Combined with frog puns, a TikTok voice duet, and threats of physical violence against your dad, it’s clear no one is having this much fun right now.

The album’s biggest draw, however, is the giddiness any music fan should feel hearing their absurd lyrics and being unable to anticipate what genre world they’ll pull from next. Over the course of ten short tracks, typically bright melodies are mixed with elements of death metal, moody alt-rock, and a handful that turns full-on ska. The opening track, “Dombest Girl Alive,” basically sounds like what you’d get if you mixed Papa Roach’s “Last Resort” with Travis Scott’s “SICKO MODE,” and if that sounds like fun to you, then 100 Gecs will give you exactly the right kind. that dopamine hit you’re looking for in this 26-minute project. If anything came of 100 gecs signing to a major label, it might be the fact that almost all of their songs now feel like a “money machine” – that is, they’re not as completely free and crazy, many have a verse. chorus structure, but the instruments remain as chaotic and experimental as ever. The crunching guitar riff, the sudden fun-loving beeps and bloops, and the catchy trap-pop tune when Les seems to apply his goofy attitude to the act of transition are a great reintroduction to why so many people are jumping on the bandwagon. car. The track “757” is more like their earlier material, but for a band like 100 gecs something similar almost sinks into the background – it feels a bit like a gecs parody with their heavily pitched vocals, but still reconnects the brain. that the best hyperpop should. Dylan Brady’s production creates another landscape of sugary trap with rumbling percussion, and the herculean effort of quickly editing the vocal parts in the back-end is something to behold.

If there’s any song that’s going to legitimately cross the 100 gecs, it might be “Hollywood Baby.” With a chorus screamed like an anthem, despite Les getting a little excitingly unhinged at times, the guitar riff feels like the duo are playing classic pop-punk. With big stabs of power chords in the chorus and blowing almost everything to absurd levels, it feels like a bastardized version, or rather, a gecified version of a Fall Out Boy or Weezer song. It’s their most accessible yet undeniably them new creation, and it’s the first 100 gecs song you can play at a party without getting weird looks. However, “Frog On The Floor”, despite being one, should not be played at a social function under any circumstances. But that’s exactly what’s amazing about it. An absolutely giddy and upbeat track about seeing a frog at a party and making sure no one bothers her too much, you could sing the tune as a lullaby to put a baby to sleep or as a sand chant. Combined with beatboxing, the kind of ska that would be on Sesame Street, and generally sounding like the kind of synthetic song you’d make in Mario Paint since the rhythm is interspersed with ribbits, this kind of not taking themselves seriously is exactly what makes 100 gecs one of the most exciting bands to watch right now.

The single “Doritos & Fritos” was already high on the year-end chart last year, but it’s still exactly what I need to hear when I’m having a bad day. Half the praise I’m giving 100 Gecs makes it sound like the music is going to be awful, but that riff of atonal guitar notes running all over the place gives the chemists happiness for whatever reason. With some of its best nonsensical lyrics, I really wish I could be “eating burritos with Danny DeVito” too, and more ska energy, the song is pure delight. “Billy Knows Jamie,” on the other hand, is scarier than anything else, building up to over a minute of death metal-adjacent distorted audio torture, but again, you just have to laugh. The rest of the song lives up to the 100 gecs by satirizing some of the worst musical trends of all time and turning them inside out so they can be enjoyed again. In this case, those trends are nu-metal and the frat bro sung rap voice of Brady’s Limp Bizkit. Much of the joy of hyperpop is looking back at who we used to be and giving ourselves a little pat on the head at our past, simply accepting it for who we were at the time, doing our best. This track is exactly that. “One Million Dollars” invites all the well-known automated voices on board to reprise the title as the duo wade through a variety of genres underneath, essentially crafting a 100-gec instrumental. It’s only 2 minutes, but it feels so much longer because it’s so much fun.

To calm things down for once, “The Most Wanted Person In The United States” is a laid-back, half-rap track complete with samples of “boioioing” and a grown-up salute to Anthony Kiedis, who feels like a natural inspiration behind its laissez-faire -Fair attitude. The real gem in the rear, however, is “I Got My Tooth Removed,” which opens with a waltz-tempo ballad that finds the duo singing a tearful farewell to a tooth that had to be extracted in its most in-your-face cadences. emo before exploding. in the most complete ska tune they have attempted so far. As trumpet riffs blare and Les flashes through couplets about avoiding the dentist, they extract as much emotion and silliness as possible from a simple concept. Closing out with “mememe,” which was the first taste we’d had of the project and as solid a late single as any, the duo put a final stamp on their weird and wonderful mix.

While it may not have the initial surprise value and morbid curiosity that followed 1000 gecks All around, this is the sound of 100 Gecs refusing to be a novelty act and continuing to push their creativity to new heights. Taking their time before shutting it down, they continue to avoid the filler and recruit an unstoppable cult following.

Favorite Songs: Doritos & Fritos, Had A Tooth Pulled Out, Frog On The Floor, Dumbest Girl Alive, Hollywood Baby

Least Favorite Track: 757

Score: 9/10

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