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Viva Destroy

by Gecko

Raucous, Raw, Sh*t-kicking, Soaring, Melodic, Mighty Rock'n'Roll.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Viva Destroy
3:00 album only
2. National Psyche
3:45 album only
3. Back at Me
4:14 album only
4. When You Shine We're Alright
4:07 album only
5. Brand New Day
3:47 album only
6. As Life Goes On
4:42 album only
7. Guarana
4:22 album only
8. Avalanche
3:24 album only
9. Athlete
3:45 album only
10. Try It On
4:23 album only
11. Stand Higher
5:18 album only


Album Notes
In a world of few certainties, it can usually be assumed that the people know what they want. They have no great desire for the second-rate. They know what they want.

The people want a band playing raucous, raw, shit-kicking, soaring, melodic, mighty Rock'n'Roll. A band with Marshalls cranked up to 11, music which combines powerful, anthemic, melodic and that touches the soul. They want a band grounded in the classic rock heritage of The Rolling Stones, The Clash, Led Zeppelin, Oasis and The Charlatans.

The people want live performances that have left many others in their wake and audiences begging for more. 5th Avenue, The Late Room, Band On The Wall and The Roadhouse in hometown Manchester, along with Liverpool's Cavern and Sheffield's Boardwalk have felt this awesome force ballsy, gutsy and passionate tunes. The people want more of a good thing.

For the people, an amazing debut album from the best new band in Britain should mean just that. It should not mean the empty, over-used NME slogan that is attributed to any chancer who happens to be wearing a pin-stripe suit.
The people want a band who BELIEVE and, more importantly, a band who can make them BELIEVE again. In a world of few certainties, you can put your house on GECKO. The people want, need and must have GECKO. But, then again, who am I to say, because, well, the people know what they want, don't they?



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"This accomplished collection of rock songs, scoops up all the best, post Britpop Manchester guitar sounds and fires them out through their melodic scatter gun"

Howard John

‘Viva Destroy’ is their debut album and it certainly packs a punch.
From the first track ‘Viva Destroy’ their sound is one of indie rock, and it's at this point that I thought ‘my god, the singer sounds like John Power from Cast’ and then I thought ‘I bet these guys don’t even know who Cast are’. It's breezy guitar driven indie rock and roll. The next few tracks have some nice wiry guitar work again showing the raw rock sound that seems to defy the actual age of the band!

‘Back at me’ is one of the strongest tracks on this album, it’s a heartfelt acoustic ballad with some very cool wah soaked guitar. It's very very good and personally my favourite. Other stand out tracks are ‘Brand new day’, with its rather funky bass line and great vocals and lyrics.

‘Avalanche’ is a song that Oasis would have been proud of, however Oasis are not this good anymore. Shame. This track is a rocker from start to finish and is a delightful listen.

‘Guarana’ has elements of the music’s dance/ rock fusion and it’s a toe tapper that’s for sure and I’m sure goes down rather well at their live shows. Album closer ‘Stand Higher’ is a nice lilting album closer with a softer edge then the rest of the album. Its gentle and has some rather clever lyrics, ‘I had a dream about growing old, such a drag’.

Gecko have produced an album to be proud of. They all defy their age and produced a mature and rocking debut that should serve them well.


Best for years
Best rock sound for years, great riffs and strong vocals. A really fresh sound which has it's own way of grabbing your attention.