10,000 gecs by 100 gecs is not enough gecs. (review)

Before I begin the main part of the review, I have to say that 100 gecs uses strong language and phrases to sound cool. Also, If you have the chance, give this album a listen. It’s 26 minutes displayed over 10 songs.

I came upon 100 gecs around 2 years ago because of my brothers. Though, it was kind of weird as I don’t usually listen to this style of music that is all over the place so I’m not sure why I kept listening. I guess I was intrigued, I’m not sure, but I’m happy I did keep listening. Fast forward to March 17th, 2023, the day their new album dropped. But, before I talk about that, I need to give a little recap on how much hype this album gave the duo.

Laura Les and Dylan Brady are lifelong friends with similar humor, music taste, and ideas. They both had a background in music; so, they obviously became partners in crime. After realizing all the similarities between one another, they decided to form their band, 100 gecs. I would tell you where the name came from, but they always switch up the answer or avoid the question when asked by reporters.

They released their first piece of music on July 12th, 2016. It was an EP (“Extended Play” which is a mini album consisting of about 2-6 songs) and was called “100 gecs”. It popped off quite a bit due to their unique sound. They already had a bit of a following, releasing merchandise and such. A couple years later, they released their second album, called, you guessed it, “1,000 gecs”’ on May 21st, 2019. This album BLEW up and exploded this major hit into mainstream music. It showed some light into the genre coined “hyperpop”. Their sound was so unique that 100 gecs kinda became its own genre.

Les and Brady then made a remix album of 1,000 gecs. In the beginning, the two would remix songs by themselves. Eventually, they were able to feature other artists to join them. They were even able to reach Fall Out Boys and together, they produced “Hand Crushed by a Mallet”, receiving over two million views up to now. On July 6th, 2020, they decided to release the album, “1,000 gecs and the Tree of Clues”, consisting of all the remixes they had from 2018-2020. This was an instant hit, racking in over 8 million views! Their next album was released exactly three years later.

I feel like it would make sense to explain the hype this album has received. So, I’m gonna do just that. From the songs that are/were gonna be on the album through them releasing it, or playing it on a tour. For what we all have, including songs that were played in concerts, it seems like the same style of catchy songs that have unique/weird melodies and vocals, just a little better and cleaner. The first song they teased was “mememe” and it explains exactly what I said before. Nothing much to say besides they also experimented with non-autotune vocals, people loved it so they continued to use that on more and more songs.

100 gecs released another single after this named “Doritos and Fritos”. This song includes a variety of different instruments being played. There’s an electric guitar that plays throughout the whole song and at first, I hated this song because of the guitar. But, the more and more I listened to it, it became catchy? It’s a weird process.

100 gecs also played some songs on the album on a tour unsurprisingly called “10,000 gecs tour”, but I want to be able to go to the tour so I can’t judge them.

After a bit of silence for a handful of months, they released an EP of songs that they were going to put on the album but didn’t make the cut. They didn’t want to scrap these songs. But, they also didn’t want to include them in an official album. So, they took the 3 songs and decided to release another EP labeled “Snake Eyes”.

The album consists of “Hey Big Man”, “Torture me”, and “Runaway”. “Hey Big Man” is one of 100 gec’ best songs. It’s different from anything they have made before. “Torture Me” is also amazing and is, again, one of their best songs. It has Skrillex featuring on this song, and he is a perfect match for 100 gecs. At first, I was hesitant as he has a style of his own that is very different from 100 gecs. However, once they dropped the collaboration, I could hear the greatness the three can create. The last song, “Runaway”, is sadly the worst song, but that isn’t even that bad. The first two are 9/10s each, “Runaway” is an 8.6/10.

They then released “Hollywood Baby”, which is their most approachable song they have made. It’s even in Fortnite. It’s one of the most impressive songs they have made, and it sounds like something I could hear in a hot topic 5 years from now, similar to what happened to Nirvana.

As I’m writing, I just listened to 10,000 gecs with my brothers in a car, and it is one of my favorite albums ever. My favorite part about the album is that they’re kinda transitioning from weird synths and melodies with insane autotune to more normal music with rarely any of that. They still do the insane music with autotune, just less of it and in a more mature manner.

I love every song besides the two they leaked over a year before the album came out. It’s mostly because they were released almost 2 years before, and they didn’t age well enough. Especially “mememe”, since it was made when gecs was released between the transition of the old gecs to new gecs, and it’s just a little off. Those two songs bring the album down a little; however, if you’re listening to this duo for the first time, it won’t affect you.

All of the songs on the album are amazing. I love the random changes of pace like “Frog on the floor” and “Billy Knows Jamie”. “Frog on the floor” is a slow-er song with actual instruments consisting of very little electronic sounds they used before with simple lyrics about an alcoholic frog. It then turns into a sort of jazz piece that if you remove the lyrics, it sounds like something you’ll hear in a jazz bar. “Billie Knows Jamie” is a very metal/punk song, akin to Limp Bizkit, a band that serves as the inspiration behind the song. The ending part is also a jumpscare. They played this song live on tour and my brothers talked about how everyone was just in awe. The end is Laura Les singing her part of the song but over a grimy and broken beat with Laura les screaming her lyrics. So if you like this type of music, you’ll love this song. They also made a remix version of “One Step Closer” by Linkin Park. Kinda similar to this song, but way more silly. I think it’s better than the original. Every single song on his album has been stuck in my head since, well, March 17th, and they aren’t going away at any time.

They went for a self proclaimed “sillycore” style for this album, and did it perfectly in my opinion. It just seems so floaty and fun; I love it. If you want to get into this duo, I’d say work from this album and go back to their discography. It sounds exhausting, but it’s pretty short for a duo with this much fame.

All in all, this is an insanely fun album with different fitting mood changes, but also with some outdated, not aged well songs. Overall, 9.4/10

Also the tattoos on the album cover are real. Dylan Brady got an eighth note tattoo as big as his chest, it took a total of ~14 hours.