It will continue to amaze me the way the internet permits us to truly be a worldwide society. Particularly in the search for new interesting music. Just sitting at my laptop I can cruise around the world paying attention to the sounds of various countries with each click. A newly released YouTube rabbit hole led me to find out another addition to my shoegaze alt-rock playlist. Permit us to introduce you to Repeatedive.
The indie rock band hails from your subtropical island nation of Taipei, Taiwan. Using their beginnings in May of 2016 the collaboration of Alan Yang (Guitar/Vocals), Larry Chen (Bass) Baron Jan (Drums) has been referred to as Repeatedive. The young band started out playing a mixture of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at high school events and underwent some trials, tribulations, and even a hiatus. The objective was always the identical. Make fun music for your underdog, and those who have felt on the losing side of life.
Now Repeatedive has returned having a moving piece in their new song “In My Heart, I Say Fu.ck This World.” I am just pretty sure it translates just how you anticipate it would. The mellow guitar strumming mixes using a straight beat that puts your mind at ease. The vocals continue this theme even with the angst-ridden lyrics.
The slow build concerns an energetic climax across the 3 minute mark in 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 really like me some Repeatedive. For real. Articulately describing themselves as… “…a passionate/apathetic indie rock band from Taipei, Taiwan, the overcast capital of a subtropical island nation…”
We originally crossed paths using this satiating, shoe-gaze rock trio way back in August for deliciously bipolar alt-rock number, Inside My Heart I Only Say Fu.ck This World, the most popular single using 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 be, “…Authentic. Heartfelt. Gutsy.” Still consisting 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, I Wish I Understood; and, we are 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 reminiscent of 1994’s Pisces Iscariot through 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 piece 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 grow older. We’re looking forward to their next project. If you’re into shoe-gaze style 90’s grunge, PLEASE give this a listen. (Taiwan’s coming, ya’ll.)
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