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Keep up, Grandad! Here's everything you need to know about the buzztastic 100 gecs

They sound like nothing else, but the 100 gecs hype train is hitting full steam ahead. As Charli XCX and more sign up for reworkings of their debut album, here’s everything you need to know about the craziest duo on the planet.
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Published: 10:30 am, March 27, 2020Words: Martyn Young.
Keep up, Grandad! Here's everything you need to know about the buzztastic 100 gecs

100 gecs are Dylan Brady and Laura Les and they’re absolutely mad in the best possible way. The duo met at a party in their home state of Missouri in 2012 and spent their first few years immersed in all manner of electronic weirdness at parties and club nights in the city’s electronic underground. In 2015 they started 100 gecs and they’ve been upsetting the system ever since with a mix of noise and pop and dance and rock and every genre and sound you can think of mixed into one exhilarating package.

They have an album and it’s jam-packed full of bangers

‘1000 gecs’ is the name of their album that came out in 2019 and it is a short, sharp shock of aggression and riotous silliness that beats you about the head with sugar rush pop thrills and heavy noise ruptures until you’re firmly under the gecs spell. They know that it’s silly and outrageous and obnoxious, but you can see just how much fun they’re having, and it makes the album an infectious and gloriously exuberant experience. 10 songs, 23 minutes, a million ideas and a whole lot of fun

They like to have silly song titles

‘745 sticky’, ‘800 Db cloud’, “xXXi_wud_nvrstøp_ÜXXx’, ‘gecgecgec’ ‘gec 2 Ü’, and the self-explanatory, ‘i need help immediately’.

Nobody knows what a gec is or why there are 100 of them

Right now we know there is a band called 100 gecs but maybe that is only the beginning? Maybe the gecs are everywhere and will multiply and go forth and conquer the world of future pop? Their debut album is called ‘1000 gecs’ after all. The logic stacks up. The mystery of the gecs is one puzzle that we should all have fun unravelling.

They have lots of famous friends, and lots of cool people are obsessed with them

If you want an example of how excited people are about 100 gecs then look no further than their new remix of ‘ringtone’ which features Rico Nasty, Kero Kero Bonito AND the queen of future pop herself, Charli XCX. ‘ringtone’ is gecs’ turbo banger. It’s playful and hugely melodic with just the right hint of weirdness and is the perfect example of how 100 gecs balance sweetness and light with subversive darkness. Once you hear this song it will be stuck in your head forever.

They’ve got a full remix album on the way and are heading to the UK

They’ve not played many shows yet but witness reports from shows in America indicate their gigs are very much ‘a time’ and there are ‘scenes’. Their debut London show at Camden’s Underworld in June is sold out (if it happens, y'know, virus and that - Ed) but you can catch them at Reading & Leeds this summer as well as a whole number of festivals across the world.

The ‘ringtone’ remix is set to feature on a forthcoming album titled ‘1000 gecs & The Tree of Clues’

They’ve already confirmed appearances by super hip pop pal and PC Music producer A.G. Cook but who knows who else could pop up on this release so it’s worth keeping an eye on. Maybe they could rope in Brockhampton who they toured with last year? With gecs anything is possible.

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