It will continue to amaze me the way 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 across the world hearing 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 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 been known as Dead Plan. The young band began playing a mixture of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at senior high school events and underwent some trials, tribulations, and even a hiatus. The objective was always the same. Make fun music for your underdog, and those who have felt on the losing side of life.
Now Repeatedive has returned with a moving piece inside their new song “In My Heart, I Say Fu.ck The World.” I am just pretty sure it translates exactly how you anticipate it might. The mellow guitar strumming mixes having a straight beat that puts the mind relaxed. 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 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 any subtropical island nation…”
We originally crossed paths using this satiating, shoe-gaze rock trio back in August for his or her deliciously bipolar alt-rock number, Inside My Heart I Believe That Fu.ck The World, the most popular single using 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 get, “…Authentic. Heartfelt. Gutsy.” Still composed of 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 access to 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 using a wild type 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, I Wish I Understood, is 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 using the anxious subtlety reminiscent of early Billy Corgan. He’s brave, and then 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.)
Pay attention 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 purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, as usual, be grateful for supporting real music!