100 gecs Think Nickelback Have Some "Hella Good Songs"
"When I was in college, I really, really wanted to hook up a way that I could write songs for Nickelback"
Published May 25, 2023Having just wrapped up their North American tour behind genre-bending 2023 album 10,000 gecs, 100 gecs are taking some time to reflect on their time on the road, winding down with some interviews before heading back out on a European tour, while asking themselves, "Are we having fun yet?"
Sitting down with Interview Magazine, the duo spoke with journalist Paul McAdory about melding the maligned genres of ska and dubstep, and how famously maligned Canadian butt rockers Nickelback similarly fall into the camp of under-appreciated music.
"If you listen to any three of their songs, you have a high chance of rolling a critical failure," gecs' Laura Les admitted, "There's more ones on the dice than sixes, but what's the two songs? 'You Remind Me,' or 'How You Remind Me'? And there's another one, but I can't think of what it's called. Hella good songs, IMO."
She continued: "When I was in college, I really, really wanted to hook up a way that I could write songs for Nickleback. [Now], we are the post-grunge band that we want to write for."
Les's appreciation for Nickelback's artistry is somewhat at odds with frontman Chad Kroeger jokingly being "ready for the world to hate [them] again." Though, speaking with Audacy last year, Kroeger and guitarist Ryan Peake admitted that there's "been a softening" on the band in recent years.
10,000 gecs pulls samples from Cypress Hill, Scary Movie, Casio and the THX deep note, blending hyperpop, ska, nu metal, noise and everything in between, so it wouldn't be far-fetched for the duo to work in a Nickelback sample (or two) when it comes time for 100,000 gecs.
It's also not their first time shouting out Canadian artists — the gecs played Toronto's History last month and introduced all their songs with Drake titles. Les and Dylan Brady also played Vancouver's PNE Forum on April 7. You can read our review of that show here.