It will continue to amaze me how the internet allows us to truly be considered a worldwide society. Especially in the search for new interesting music. Just sitting at my laptop I can cruise around the world paying attention to the sounds of different countries with each click. A recent YouTube rabbit hole led me to discover another addition to my shoegaze alt-rock playlist. Allow us to introduce you to Repeatedive.
The indie rock band hails from the subtropical island nation of Taipei, Taiwan. From their beginnings in May of 2016 the collaboration of Alan Yang (Guitar/Vocals), Larry Chen (Bass) Baron Jan (Drums) has been referred to as music video. The young band started out playing a mixture of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at high school events and went through some trials, tribulations, or even a hiatus. The objective was always the identical. Make fun music for that underdog, and those who have felt on the losing side of life.
Now Repeatedive is back with a moving piece inside their new song “In My Heart, I Say Fu.ck This World.” I am fairly certain it translates exactly how you expect it would. The mellow guitar strumming mixes using a straight beat that puts the mind at ease. The vocals continue this theme even with the angst-ridden lyrics.
The slow build concerns an energetic climax round the 3 minute mark of the song. Repeatedive grabs your attention and gets your blood pumping. Those punk influences show us the best way to an entire sonic experience that fills the void in a dreary day.
Damn. I love me some Repeatedive. For real. Articulately describing themselves as… “…a passionate/apathetic indie rock band from Taipei, Taiwan, the overcast capital of any subtropical island nation…”
We originally crossed paths with this particular satiating, shoe-gaze rock trio back in August for his or her deliciously bipolar alt-rock number, Inside My Heart I Believe That Fu.ck This World, the most popular single from their 7th Floor EP. Shortly thereafter, we dldath the pleasure of reviewing front-man Alan Yang’s solo project, Lounge Act Jam-Teen’s Last Straw; a digital project we found to become, “…Authentic. Heartfelt. Gutsy.” Still composed of Alan Yang (guitar, vocals), Larry Chen (bass), and Baron Jan(drums), this passionately apathetic trio has now released their brand new 3-track EP, If Only I Understood; and, we have been no less enthused.
Showing a sweet, tender, and arguably optimistic side (which you may not have been aware this trio possessed), Luna Is On Our Side, is instantly similar to 1994’s Pisces Iscariot from the Smashing Pumpkins. Delightfully digitally delayed, dreamy, ambient chords get wickedly juxtaposed using a wild make of distortion in this particular ode to Luna.
Showing serious musical vision, the crew ends this worthy little project with, Dead Plan, an up-all-night road-tune with drive, focus and octane. Think: Carolina Liar meets Jimmy Eat World. It’s subtly awesome.
Deluxe contrast. Satisfyingly angsty. No explanation required. Repeatedive’s latest EP, If Only I Understood, is yet another adventurous, no-holds-barred, everything-on-the-table, perfectly rough-around-the-edges piece of post-grunge indie-rock. Singer-songwriter & front-man Alan Yang has serious vision and talent, and writes & sings with the anxious subtlety similar to early Billy Corgan. He’s brave, and then he gets better as we age. We’re looking towards their next project. If you’re into shoe-gaze style 90’s grunge, PLEASE give this a listen. (Taiwan’s coming, ya’ll.)
Tune in to Repeatedive’s latest EP, If Only I Understood, and connect with their social networking platforms. Please support Dead Plan by going to them online, and playing, downloading, or purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, of course, thanks for supporting real music!