It will continue to amaze me just how 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 paying attention to the sounds of different countries with each click. A newly released YouTube rabbit hole led me to discover another addition to my shoegaze alt-rock playlist. Allow us to show you Repeatedive.
The indie rock band hails from your subtropical island nation of Taipei, Taiwan. From their beginnings in May of 2016 the collaboration of Alan Yang (Guitar/Vocals), Larry Chen (Bass) Baron Jan (Drums) has been called music video. The young band started off playing a mix of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at high school events and underwent some trials, tribulations, and even a hiatus. The aim was always exactly the same. Make fun music for the underdog, and anyone who has felt on the losing side of life.
Now Repeatedive is back having a moving piece within their new song “In My Heart, I Say Fu.ck This World.” I am fairly certain it translates just how you anticipate it could. The mellow guitar strumming mixes with a straight beat that puts your mind relaxed. The vocals continue this theme even with the angst-ridden lyrics.
The slow build concerns an energetic climax across 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 really like 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 with this satiating, shoe-gaze rock trio back in August for their deliciously bipolar alt-rock number, In My Heart I Only Say Fu.ck This 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; an electronic 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 recently released their completely new 3-track EP, If Only I Understood; and, our company is no less enthused.
Showing a sweet, tender, and arguably optimistic side (which you might not have been aware this trio possessed), Luna Is On Our Side, is instantly similar to 1994’s Pisces Iscariot from the Smashing Pumpkins. Delightfully digitally delayed, dreamy, ambient chords get wickedly juxtaposed using a wild type 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 an additional adventurous, no-holds-barred, everything-on-the-table, perfectly rough-around-the-edges bit 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 that he gets better with 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 connect to their social media marketing platforms. Please support music video by going to them online, and playing, downloading, or purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!