Reviews

 

Ten Songs from the Sideroom

Impact Press
August-September 2003
Readers' tapes TOP PICK
 
"You know how you need a shot of sake after a sushi bender? Well, after you've digested all the punk and hardcore in your CD collection, let Andrew Huber clean your palette. His soft acoustic songs are right from the pages of James Taylor and Dan Fogelberg, and he even gets a little rockin' and twangy on tracks like "Tearin' Me Down." Get your mellow on." (SH)

 

Tokens, Trash, or Tarot Cards


Recording
Volume 16: Number 11, August 2003
Readers' tapes

"'The Present' is a driving male rock vocal song . . . Healthy driving bass with good tone.  We like the sound of the entire drum kit. . . .  A real band that can play tightly."
PULSE of the Twin Cities

Volume 4: Issue 21, August 23, 2000
Gecko Club: Artist of the Week
"The Gecko Club is more fun to listen to than the name might suggest. Operating under the moniker since '94, Andrew Huber plays guitar and sings, Tom Huber plays bass and keys, and Chris Kahl plays drums. The trio is augmented by Christopher Collins on fiddle on a number of tracks. Tokens, Trash, or Tarot Cards is all tension and melodies. This crew carries fuzz guitar pop close to its collective heart. The overall sound of this record is tuneful. The vocals are buried ever so slightly beneath the surface. [Songs] like "Merry Merry" and "KellyAnne Sometimes" suggest a tuneful bittersweet mood rather than hit the listener over the head. "Church For You" is a blurry tapestry of sadness, and yet there is a smile through the tears. Where there are obvious nods to anglo pop, there is also the stray homage to bands like Psychadelic Furs or Peter Gabriel. Their cheerful yet pouty songs manage to stick with you. Enjoying airplay in a number of markets out east, and college radio in the midwest, Gecko Club seem to be well on their way. Do you like subtle shimmering pop? Gecko Club's got the goods."

T. Alexander

Been Nowhere

Cake Magazine, Issue # 25
"My dictionary defines the gecko as a lizard with "a short, stout body, a large head, and suction pads on its feet". A pretty apt description of this local four piece, if you ask me. For the most part, their music can be tagged as dreamy, psychadelic pop with few frills which, at its best, ventures close to Robyn Hitchcock and the Chills. In fact, "Kaleidoscope" is the best Chills' song I've never heard them do. At it's worst, there is a self-importance to the orchestration they bring to some of the songs (all four members boast classical training) which has a tendency to bring things to a sloggy halt such as on "Everywhere Between Us". Regardless, it's the music that matters and here it's quite good. In fact, these songs are catchy enough and alluring enough to stick to you like, well, a gecko would." (GK -- Cake Magazine, issue # 25)