It will continue to 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 world 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. Let us show you Repeatedive.
The indie rock band hails through 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 become referred to as Repeatedive. The young band began playing a mixture of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at high school events and went through some trials, tribulations, or even a hiatus. The goal was always exactly the same. Make fun music for the underdog, and whoever has felt on the losing side of life.
Now Repeatedive is back using a moving piece within their new song “In My Heart, I Say Fu.ck This World.” I am pretty sure it translates precisely how you anticipate it could. The mellow guitar strumming mixes with a straight beat that puts your mind relaxed. The vocals continue this theme despite having the angst-ridden lyrics.
The slow build comes to an energetic climax around the 3 minute mark of 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 love 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 using this satiating, shoe-gaze rock trio way back in August for deliciously bipolar alt-rock number, Inside My Heart I Believe That Fu.ck The World, the most popular 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 get, “…Authentic. Heartfelt. Gutsy.” Still consisting of Alan Yang (guitar, vocals), Larry Chen (bass), and Baron Jan(drums), this passionately apathetic trio has released their brand new 3-track EP, I Wish I Understood; and, our company is no less enthused.
Showing a sweet, tender, and arguably optimistic side (that you may possibly 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 with a wild make 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, 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 all the anxious subtlety reminiscent of early Billy Corgan. He’s brave, and 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.)
Listen to Repeatedive’s latest EP, I Wish I Understood, and interact with their social media marketing platforms. Please support Repeatedive by visiting them online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, of course, be grateful for supporting real music!