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20,000 GECS FOLLOWERS CAN'T BE WRONG

100 gecs promotional image. Digital rendering: Mikey Joyce.

GURGLE-Y THUDS, chiptune squeals, breakcore beats, sirens, gleeful rapping, and enthusiastic screaming—no, a Gen Z ne’er-do-well isn’t having a party at your house; someone’s probably just turned on 100 gecs and now has some explaining to do. Formed in 2015 by Laura Les and Dylan Brady, 100 gecs make music by sending digital files back and forth to each other from their respective headquarters in Chicago and Los Angeles. So far they’ve released one EP (2016’s 100 gecs) and an album (summer 2019’s 1000 gecs) along with a handful of remixes. You can find the EP on YouTube and the LP on platforms like SoundCloud, or on vinyl, for fans who like to be showy with their devotion. Though the gecs didn’t come out of nowhere—Les records solo work and Brady has produced tracks for Charli XCX and Diplo—the past few months have seen signs and whispers of a creeping takeover, making their recent

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