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3OH!3 Are Back, With 100 Gecs - Stereogum

Today, American electro-pop duo 3OH!3 kicks off a new era of their career with the release of their highly anticipated new single “LONELY MACHINES” (feat. 100 gecs) via their original record label, Photo Finish Records – LISTEN HERE. 

The track was first teased in the surprise trailer dropped Monday at 3:03pm MT in tribute to their hometown of Boulder, CO. “LONELY MACHINES” marks 3OH!3’s first new music in more than five years, and the first of many that fans can expect in the coming months after the duo reunited with Photo Finish Records and the team they catapulted to success with in the early aughts.

“If you start to Google ‘is 3OH!3…’ it autofills to ‘still together?’” says Sean Foreman, one half of 3OH!3 alongside Nathaniel Motte. “Well, it’s about time we answer that question with a resounding ‘um… well… we never really… um… YES!!!’ About a year ago, Nat and I found ourselves unsigned, unmanaged and frankly, under no pressure to just create and have fun – so we did just that. Magically, as we started to write, we got in touch with Matt Galle and partnered with Photo Finish. The creative energy and motivation that we had for our first album felt recaptured. It just feels good again; unforced. And I believe the new music is a representation of that freedom.”

“We are thrilled to partner with 3OH!3 on this new chapter. 3OH!3 played a huge part early on in putting Photo Finish on the map and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our 15th anniversary of Photo Finish than to welcome them back home,” said Matt Galle, president of Photo Finish Records. “We look forward to having a lot of fun and continuing to push boundaries with Sean and Nat.”

“Lonely Machines” (feat 100 gecs) finds the two sets of duos – Sean Foreman & Nathaniel Motte of 3OH!3 and Dylan Brady & Laura Les of 100 gecs – joining forces to combine their signature styles for a surefire hit. 

“‘LONELY MACHINES’ is so 3OH!3 that it’s not,” continues Foreman of the song. “It was effortless, unthought and most of all, FUN! We just had a blast creating this Frankenstein of a tune, which at some point we sent to 100 gecs and they brought it to a whole other level.”

The music video for “LONELY MACHINES” will debut at 3:03pm MT today HERE, with a live YouTube premiere countdown beginning at 1:03pm MT. The video is an instant callback to 3OH!3’s instantly recognizable, perfectly over-the-top zaniness. Fittingly, Foreman notes that after getting everything right with the song, he and Motte were quickly COVID-tested and “in a Burbank studio (one undoubtedly used to shoot adult films) to make the music video. I don’t know what the word ‘kismet’ actually means, but I think that’s what it was.”

Kismet, indeed. Maybe? Sure.


The dynamic duo of Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte have taken 3OH!3 from the foothills of Boulder, CO to a household name – if we’re talking house parties. Since 2008, the American electro-pop duo has rocked sold out venues, amphitheaters, and college campuses around the world, playing shows on every major continent except Antarctica (too cold). With over 15 million singles sold worldwide and three U.S. RIAA Certified platinum songs, 3OH!3 has cemented their sound with global hits like their 3x multi-platinum single “Don’t Trust Me,” which reached #1 at Top 40 Radio and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as hugely popular songs “STARSTRUKKK” (Feat. Katy Perry) and “My First Kiss” (Feat. Kesha) and memorable performances on American Idol, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and the MTV Video Music Awards. Over the past decade, Sean and Nat have pivoted to more behind the scenes work, having written and produced hits for other artists such as Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody,” Steve Aoki’s “Waste It on Me” (Feat. BTS), MAX’s “Lights Down Low,” Ariana Grande’s “Tattooed Heart,” and Kesha’s “Blah Blah Blah” among many others. They continued to play in front of thousands of fans while celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their RIAA certified Gold album WANT. Eventually, the itch of wanting to get back in the studio to make music that was fun, inclusive, edgy, weird and – most importantly – their own, proved to be an inevitable reality. And what better, weirder, unpredictable year to do that than 2020? Sean and Nat took a week together in their hometown of Boulder early in the year to pen and record new music just before quarantine. Now, 3OH!3 is back with Photo Finish Records, where it all started – and they’re coming harder than ever. Their new single “LONELY MACHINES” (feat 100 gecs) is the first taste of much more music to come.

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