It will still amaze me the way 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 listening to the sounds of different 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 show you 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 become known as music video. The young band began playing a mix of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at secondary school events and went through some trials, tribulations, and even a hiatus. The aim was always the same. Make fun music for your underdog, and whoever has felt on the losing side of life.
Now Repeatedive is back with a moving piece in their new song “In My Heart, I Only Say Fu.ck This World.” I am just sure it translates just how you expect it would. The mellow guitar strumming mixes with a straight beat that puts your brain at ease. The vocals continue this theme despite having 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 the way to a total 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 Say Fu.ck The World, our favorite 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 be, “…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, I Wish 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 similar to 1994’s Pisces Iscariot through the Smashing Pumpkins. Delightfully digitally delayed, dreamy, ambient chords get wickedly juxtaposed with a wild brand 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, I Wish 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 reminiscent of early Billy Corgan. He’s brave, and he gets better with 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.)
Listen to Repeatedive’s latest EP, I Wish I Understood, and interact with their social networking platforms. Please support music video by visiting them online, and playing, downloading, or purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, as usual, thanks for supporting real music!