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100 gecs Shakes the House at Concord Music Hall

Heather Higgins | The PhoenixLaura Les and Dylan Brady perform a 45-minute set at Concord Music Hall.

With their intense autotune and high pitches, 100 gecs’ music isn’t for everyone. For fans though, the music seems to inspire a particular kind of devotion, which was on full display at their Oct. 20 Concord Music Hall show.

The Concord Music Hall (2051 N Milwaukee Ave) stage was sparsely decorated with a faux brick wall and two comically large speakers, which, while seeming inactive, set the ambiance for the overwhelming cacophony of sound about to occur.

Concertgoers donned a wide array of costumes including wolf ears, witch hats and even nun costumes. 

The concert was slated to start at 7 p.m., with the opener, Aaron Cartier, performing a brief and forgettable set. 

As the clock crept past 8 p.m. the crowd began to get agitated, repeatedly breaking into chants of “gec gec gec gec.” Just after 8:20 p.m. the blonde duo of Laura Les and Dylan Brady emerged, donning colorful wizard costumes covered in star and music note motifs. Though they almost immediately took them off, Brady wore his bright yellow wizard hat for the duration of the set. 

The show began with an intensely loud rendition of their fan-favorite song “Stupid Horse.” The soundwaves emanating from the speakers felt like an overwhelming bombardment — as if the music was shaking everything down to the very nucleus of one’s cells. 

Heather Higgins | The Phoenix Dylan Brady rocked a highlighter yellow wizard hat for the entire set.

There were a few surprises throughout their set, including a section where they got on their knees and played the floor by rhythmically banging little xylophone mallets against the ground while bathed in a purple light. It was a moment of borderline serenity which then seamlessly transitioned into their hit “Hand Crushed by Mallet.”

Les provided most of the vocals with impressive success. Though mired in autotune, her genuine voice still showed. Les’ stage presence seemed slightly out of place against the hyper music — she alternated between frenzied moments of dancing and running around the stage to moments of simply standing at the front awkwardly with her left arm bent at her side.

Brady delivered a more bombastic performance, frequently jumping around the stage and pumping his arms as his yellow witch hat flopped around in his face. 

Their set was also short, lasting only about 45 minutes — perhaps they were conserving energy for their 11 p.m. performance at the same venue.

What the performers lacked in energy the crowd certainly made up for. Their music feels like the audio equivalent of a stimulant drug, containing an electrifying quality that clearly had an effect on the audience. The crowd immediately devolved into a chaotic frenzy as soon as the pair took to the stage. 

The next trick the duo pulled out was an acoustic version of their song, “gecgecgec.” The combination of the acoustic guitars and autotune not only made for an interesting twist on their usually over-produced sound, but it also created a wholly unique listening experience. They then switched back to their hyper electronic sound and continued playing their biggest hits like “money machine” and “ringtone” to the elation of the crowd. 

At times, they simply screeched into the microphones and during their encore song, “what’s that smell,” even spent a portion of the performance just making vomit noises. Yet, despite its jarring nature, every second of it was enjoyable. 100 gecs is a duo that refuses to be taken seriously and their performance delivered all of the cheeky fun one could hope for.

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