And their effortlessly positive approach to creativity within the non-existent genre borders of 100 gecs continues to see them thrive. In fact, in the years spent chipping away at 10,000 gecs, they racked up demos in their thousands.
“We went from 6,000 to 10 – no problem!” Dylan grins, before modestly adding: “I feel like everyone kind of does that, though.”
Sort of, yeah, but maybe not quite to that extreme…
“Lil Wayne makes 50 songs each time he goes to the studio,” replies Dylan.
“He makes 20 songs just on the toilet, every day,” Laura quips.
Contrary to these nonchalant comments, 100 gecs put the 10 songs that make up their finished LP through a rigorous process of editing and elimination. Dylan describes it as “Darwin vibes”, with Laura agreeing that “the strongest song survives”.
“We’re trying to be very selective with this album, and really make it feel like a meal,” she elaborates. “You go through all of the ideas you’ve got going, and you’re like, ‘Okay, is this its own thing? Is this its own character of a song?’”
Under 30 minutes long and overflowing with personality, 10,000 gecs brilliantly lives up to these principles. Opener Dumbest girl alive kicks off with huge nu-metal guitars, before the album emphatically brings together everything from ribbit-sampling ska (Frog on the floor) to brutal heaviness (Billy knows jamie), and of course the aforementioned party-mosh anthem mememe – the song that provoked such a strong response from Laura when she first heard it. And, unlike their debut, which was made via remote file-sharing, it was put together more in-person, while Laura was living in LA (she originally moved to work more closely on 100 gecs several years ago, but has since left for a “place that has a little bit more natural inherent-ness to the landscape”). Not that their being together would lead to too much exertion…
“A lot of times we’ll get, like, 30 minutes to an hour of actual decision-making going, and then we’ll just hang out for three hours after that,” admits Laura.
“It’s productive in other ways, maybe,” suggests Dylan.
“Yeah,” Laura agrees. “Good for the spirit – that’s more important. Work can be done from anywhere.”