100 gecs headlined the Pitchfork Presents: 2023 Year In Music Showcase at Knockdown Center in Queens on Thursday, December 14th, along with TisaKorean, Liturgy, and DJ Yoda. As the year winds down, everyone is thinking of their favorite music that 2023 has brought us. The Pitchfork Presents: 2023 Year In Music Showcase featured some of Pitchfork’s faves from across multiple genres, headlined by the indomitable 100 gecs.
The night kicked off with a short set from DJ Yoda, a.k.a. singular gec Dylan Brady. Yoda served us with mixes of classic and modern club bops, including what appeared to be a Latin trap version of jingle bells.
Providing stark contrast to Yoda’s set were black metal band Liturgy. The Brooklynites took to the stage with fog machines and lights fluctuating from near dark to blinding, all but totally obscuring the band. Not that it mattered, as they quickly got to the task at hand: pummeling the crowd with deafening drums and bass, accented by squealing guitars. Though largely instrumental, the songs featured witchy howls from singer Haela Hunt-Hendrix, distorted and looped on top of each other to spooky effect. If you told me this band were actually a bunch of ghosts, I would 100% believe you.
Liturgy exorcized our demons and Texas rapper TisaKorean arrived to bring us back to life with his “blond haired boy” hype man and DJ in tow. From the immediate crowd interaction and breakneck running, jumping and kicking across the stage, TisaKorean made it known he was here to bring the energy and the fun. Or silliness, you could say, as he did. The self-described “silly boy” noticed your correspondent was photographing the show and asked to make sure she got his “silly side,” before giving her his best Intsta-girl pose. It was, in fact, silly and fun, doing a banner job of hyping up the crowd.
It’s hard to think of another band who had as good a year as 100 gecs. They released their second album, 10,000 gecs to much acclaim, beating the sophomore slump. They were innovators in a genre and then effortlessly reinvented themselves. Their adoring fans, many of whom were in attendance dressed like wizards, cat girls and everything in between, followed along as they moved from hyper-pop to a mishmash of everything imaginable and unimaginable. The crowd went nuts with the mere appearance of the band at the back of the stage, and went off with opener “Dumbest Girl Alive”. The energy went through the roof as they went into bangers “Stupid Horse”, “Frog On The Floor” and “Hollywood Baby”. The crowd earnestly waved their hands back and forth to the ballad by way of ska-pop-punk “I Got My Tooth Removed”, a song about the tribulations of getting your tooth removed (or is it??). Everyone was just as easily whipped back into a frenzy with the nu-metal “Billy Knows Jamie” and “Doritos and Fritos”, about Doritos and Fritos, of course. By the time we got to set closers “mememe” and ”800 db cloud”, crowd-surfers were still coming over the barrier left and right.
After playing all of 10,000 gecs and nearly all of 1000 gecs, the night sadly came to a close. Having sprinkled their set with Christmas samples, the gecs must have still been in the holiday spirit, starting their encore with “Sympathy For The Grinch”. Closing the night was the surprisingly sweet “gec 2 Ü”, which, in true gecs fashion, goes from pop to hyper-pop to lightspeed-pop. It’s hard to imagine what the next iteration of 100 gecs could possibly be, but I’m sure the wait will be worth it.