It will still amaze me just how the internet allows us to truly be a worldwide society. Especially in the search for new interesting music. Just sitting at my laptop I can cruise around the globe hearing the sounds of numerous countries with each click. A recent YouTube rabbit hole led me to find out another addition to my shoegaze alt-rock playlist. Allow us to introduce you to Repeatedive.
The indie rock band hails from your 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 called music video. The young band started out playing a mix of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at secondary school events and experienced some trials, tribulations, or even a hiatus. The objective was always the same. Make fun music for that underdog, and whoever has felt on the losing side of life.
Now Repeatedive has returned with a moving piece inside their new song “In My Heart, I Only Say Fu.ck This World.” I am pretty sure it translates exactly how you anticipate it would. The mellow guitar strumming mixes using a straight beat that puts the mind comfortable. The vocals continue this theme despite having the angst-ridden lyrics.
The slow build concerns an energetic climax across the 3 minute mark from the song. Repeatedive grabs your attention and gets your blood pumping. Those punk influences show us how you can a complete sonic experience that fills the void in a dreary day.
Damn. I adore 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 in August for their deliciously bipolar alt-rock number, Inside My Heart I Only Say Fu.ck The World, the most popular single off 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; an electronic project we found to become, “…Authentic. Heartfelt. Gutsy.” Still comprising Alan Yang (guitar, vocals), Larry Chen (bass), and Baron Jan(drums), this passionately apathetic trio has released their brand new 3-track EP, I Wish I Understood; and, our company is no less enthused.
Showing a sweet, tender, and arguably optimistic side (that you may possibly not have access to been aware this trio possessed), Luna Is On Our Side, is instantly reminiscent of 1994’s Pisces Iscariot by the Smashing Pumpkins. Delightfully digitally delayed, dreamy, ambient chords get wickedly juxtaposed using a wild type of distortion within this 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 another adventurous, no-holds-barred, everything-on-the-table, perfectly rough-around-the-edges part of post-grunge indie-rock. Singer-songwriter & front-man Alan Yang has serious vision and talent, and writes & sings using the anxious subtlety similar to early Billy Corgan. He’s brave, and then he gets better as we age. We’re getting excited about their next project. If you’re into shoe-gaze style 90’s grunge, PLEASE give this a listen. (Taiwan’s coming, ya’ll.)
Pay attention to Repeatedive’s latest EP, I Wish I Understood, and interact with their social networking platforms. Please support Dead Plan by visiting them online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, as always, be grateful for supporting real music!