It will still amaze me just how the internet permits 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 listening 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. Permit us to introduce you to Repeatedive.
The indie rock band hails from the 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 mix of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at secondary school events and experienced some trials, tribulations, or even a hiatus. The aim was always the same. Make fun music for that underdog, and those who have felt on the losing side of life.
Now Repeatedive has returned with a moving piece in their new song “In My Heart, I Say Fu.ck This World.” I am just fairly certain it translates exactly how you expect it would. The mellow guitar strumming mixes having a straight beat that puts the mind relaxed. The vocals continue this theme despite having the angst-ridden lyrics.
The slow build concerns an energetic climax round the 3 minute mark in 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 really like 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 satiating, shoe-gaze rock trio in August for their deliciously bipolar alt-rock number, Inside My Heart I Believe That Fu.ck The World, our favorite 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; a digital project we found to get, “…Authentic. Heartfelt. Gutsy.” Still composed of Alan Yang (guitar, vocals), Larry Chen (bass), and Baron Jan(drums), this passionately apathetic trio has recently released their brand new 3-track EP, If Only I Understood; and, we are no less enthused.
Showing a sweet, tender, and arguably optimistic side (which you might not have 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 having a wild make 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 an additional 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 with the anxious subtlety similar to early Billy Corgan. He’s brave, and that he gets better as we grow older. 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, If Only I Understood, and connect with their social networking platforms. Please support music video by looking at them online, and playing, downloading, or purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!