It will continue to amaze me just 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 find out 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. Off their beginnings in May of 2016 the collaboration of Alan Yang (Guitar/Vocals), Larry Chen (Bass) Baron Jan (Drums) has been known as music video. The young band started out playing a mix of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at senior high school events and went through 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 is back using a moving piece within their new song “In My Heart, I Only Say Fu.ck This World.” I am just sure it translates exactly how you anticipate it might. The mellow guitar strumming mixes using a straight beat that puts your mind relaxed. The vocals continue this theme despite the angst-ridden lyrics.
The slow build involves an energetic climax around the 3 minute mark from the song. Repeatedive grabs your attention and gets your blood pumping. Those punk influences show us the 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 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, In 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; a digital 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 new 3-track EP, If Only I Understood; and, we are no less enthused.
Showing a sweet, tender, and arguably optimistic side (that you may possibly not have been aware this trio possessed), Luna Is On Our Side, is instantly reminiscent of 1994’s Pisces Iscariot from the Smashing Pumpkins. Delightfully digitally delayed, dreamy, ambient chords get wickedly juxtaposed with a wild brand of distortion in 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 with the anxious subtlety similar to early Billy Corgan. He’s brave, and 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.)
Pay attention to Repeatedive’s latest EP, If Only I Understood, and interact with their social media platforms. Please support music video by visiting them online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!