It will still amaze me the way the internet permits 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 world listening to the sounds of numerous countries with each click. A newly released 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 your 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) continues to be referred to as Dead Plan. The young band started off playing a mixture of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at high school events and experienced some trials, tribulations, and even a hiatus. The aim was always exactly the same. Make fun music for the underdog, and whoever has felt on the losing side of life.
Now Repeatedive has returned using a moving piece inside their new song “In My Heart, I Only Say Fu.ck This World.” I am fairly certain it translates precisely how you anticipate it would. The mellow guitar strumming mixes having a straight beat that puts your brain at ease. The vocals continue this theme despite having the angst-ridden lyrics.
The slow build involves an energetic climax round 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 complete 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 in August for deliciously bipolar alt-rock number, Inside My Heart I Only 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; an electronic project we found to be, “…Authentic. Heartfelt. Gutsy.” Still comprising 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 may not have been aware this trio possessed), Luna Is On Our Side, is instantly similar to 1994’s Pisces Iscariot by 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, I Wish I Understood, is yet 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 similar to early Billy Corgan. He’s brave, and then 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 interact with their social media platforms. Please support Repeatedive by going to them online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, as always, be grateful for supporting real music!