Missouri hyperpop duo Dylan Brady and Laura Les exist at the fast-moving cutting edge of modern music. Blending EDM and pop-punk, hip-hop and heavy metal, dubstep and ska, theirs is the sort of mercurial sound that could feel red-hot one moment and painfully outdated the next. So when the second record under their 100 gecs banner, announced in July 2021 for an early 2022 release, took almost two years to materialise, some were concerned that they could’ve been left behind.
To the contrary, 10,000 gecs builds on 2019 debut 1,000 gecs with not only 10-times the number of, er, ‘gecs’, but also enough anarchic momentum to keep them well ahead of the curve.
It’s all on display on inspired opener Dumbest girl alive, as we veer from razorblade riffs to autotuned vocals to R&B beats to acoustic Spanish guitars. 757 is a synth-laden, two-minute sugar rush. By the time we get to the (relatively) conventional electro-punk of Hollywood Baby, our heads are already spinning hard enough for its woozy charm to sweep us off our feet. Naturally, that’s followed by the absurdist indie-folk of Frog on the floor, Doritos & Fritos’ glitchy dance-rock and the openly Korn and Limp Bizkit-inflected aggro nu-metal of Billy knows jamie.