It will continue to amaze me the way the internet allows us to truly be considered a worldwide society. Particularly in the search for new interesting music. Just sitting at my laptop I can cruise around the globe listening to the sounds of numerous countries with each click. A recent YouTube rabbit hole led me to discover another addition to my shoegaze alt-rock playlist. Let us 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 Dead Plan. The young band started out playing a mixture of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at high school events and went through some trials, tribulations, and even a hiatus. The goal was always exactly the same. Make fun music for your underdog, and whoever has 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 might. The mellow guitar strumming mixes having a straight beat that puts the mind at ease. The vocals continue this theme even with the angst-ridden lyrics.
The slow build concerns an energetic climax around 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 adore me some Repeatedive. For real. Articulately describing themselves as… “…a passionate/apathetic indie rock band from Taipei, Taiwan, the overcast capital of the subtropical island nation…”
We originally crossed paths with this particular satiating, shoe-gaze rock trio back in August for their deliciously bipolar alt-rock number, In My Heart I Say Fu.ck This 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 be, “…Authentic. Heartfelt. Gutsy.” Still composed of Alan Yang (guitar, vocals), Larry Chen (bass), and Baron Jan(drums), this passionately apathetic trio has now released their completely new 3-track EP, If Only I Understood; and, we have been no less enthused.
Showing a sweet, tender, and arguably optimistic side (which you may 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 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 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.)
Tune in to Repeatedive’s latest EP, I Wish I Understood, and interact with their social media platforms. Please support Repeatedive by going to them online, and playing, downloading, and purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, of course, be grateful for supporting real music!