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Lotta: “war super heute jungs�

Alexander Gau: „Hab euch gerade im Rosis gesehen - einfach großartig!“

Ute Eal: “great, great, great, great!!“

Minerva: “the gecko rocks the house. . . Yesterday in bang bang club was fantastic. . . thank you for the great music this night. . .�

�Great show yesterday at the Bang Bang!�
Elvis M16

„hi ich habe sie in magnet gesehen. Ihre show war cooooll Bye
yannick Bellinger�

„ihr wart klasse bei 65dos! besonders synth und stimme waren ein hochgenuss.
gruß christian“

“ciao! sono uno dei ragazzi italiani della serata al Magnet prima del concerto dei 65 daysofstatic! rinnovo i complimenti per la vostra musica! Ciao�

“great show last night! have a good time+alles gute, philipp “

“wunderschöne songs. absolut klasse! ich freue mich auf euer nächstes konzert. ... liebe grüsse max“

“you're music is soooo good!!!� Fefe Lauren

“you were awesome tonight ! thank you. . . best wishes� The Alternative Basti

“schöne show neulich im knaack! grüße an die bezaubernden mädels und haltet mich auf dem laufenden!“ (robert vom licht)
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The GeCKo - Alternative Rock mit Mini Moog und Hang zum epischen Ohrwurm -

In den unendlichen Weiten der post-postmodernen Popmusikkultur finden sich neben zahllosen Retortenbands von Zeit zu Zeit
wohl doch noch Inseln des individuellen Ausdrucks und der ungekünstelten Authentizität, glücklicherweise!
Zu diesen raren Anlaufstellen zählt die Indie-Rockband "The GeCKo" aus London und Berlin. Ihre
episch angelegte Musik bringt eine Power-Performance einerseits, aber andererseits auch einen Hörgenuss auf
hohem musikalischen Niveau.
Das Set aus extrem tanzbaren Rocknummern wird durch Powerballaden à la Coldplay ergänzt, wobei das zeitweise sehr dicht gewebte Bandgefüge (Gefüge aus Gitarre, Synthesizer, Mini Moog-Bass und Drumset) von Espin Bowders ätherischer Stimme gleichsam durchtrennt wird. Der Sänger und Texter ist der einzige Brite der Band, und ja, kann man sagen "The Gecko sound very british", auch wenn die Band zu drei Vierteln aus Wahlberlinern besteht. Insgesamt stehen "The GeCKo" entgegen einer sich aus dem zwergenhaft anmutenden Bandnamen ergebenen Erwartung für einen Dancerock mit ''grossem Sound'', der das Verlangen nach Ohrwurm genauso stillt wie das nach der ultimativen Gänsehaut, und dabei sogar noch ordentlich das Tanzbein schwingen lässt. Was will man mehr?

Bernhard Uhlenbruch am 2.2.2009 in der FAZ - Bernhard Uhlenbruch am 2.2.2009 in der FAZ


Discography

Failure is not an option: 2010
mixed by Gordon Raphael

Russian Rocket: 2009,
Mixed by Oren Gerlitz (Jahcoozi)

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Bio

While Espin, the British lead singer, was living in Italy in 2003 he stood with his brother over looking a stream where their Grandfather had successfully avoided capture in the second world war. They were watching a gecko run over the bridge when it miss-judged the edge and fell to its death in the water below. It lay on its back lifeless. The brothers silently pondered the cycle of life. Amazingly, after half a minute of staring at its dead body they saw it wriggle suddenly. It came back to life and swam to the shore. They were impressed and Espin named his new electronic guitar project The Gecko.

However, not so long ago The Gecko also looked like it was dead in the water.

The band had been founded with Moritz, a charismatic but unpredictable German/Sicilian guitar player and producer. It moved to Berlin where Moritz was based and Carsten joined The Gecko. He was a revolutionary addition because Carsten plays the Mini Moog bass and synthesisers simultaneously so the music is much tighter and more electronic than many live bands. Pascal joined and brought with him his distinctive drumming style and quickly they got noticed. The Gecko gave one of their charged performances in a sweaty underground club in Kreuzberg and were approached by Lars, a successful band manager. Through Four Artists he organised Gecko concerts around Germany and Austria with Gods of Blitz and they independently toured the UK. Everything looked very positive until a record deal with Road Runner Records fell through mid-2008 and Moritz, disillusioned, left the band.

The injured band stumbled on and eventually found a new lease of life in the form of Samuel. With theoretical and experimental roots Samuel's guitar playing gives The Gecko a wider and more dynamic reach. The sound is even richer than before and the songs breathe with new energy. The Gecko by name, The Gecko by nature.

The band draws their influences from a vast pool, from Kraftwerk, Underworld and Hot chip to The Cure, Gang of Four, Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. The tracks can be hymn-like, dancy, intense and rocky, however, they always sound like The Gecko.
www.myspace.com/thegeckomusic