It will still amaze me how 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 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. Permit us to 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) has been referred to as Repeatedive. The young band began playing a mixture of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at high school events and underwent some trials, tribulations, or even a hiatus. The aim was always exactly the same. Make fun music for your underdog, and those who have felt on the losing side of life.
Now Repeatedive is back having a moving piece in their new song “In My Heart, I Only Say Fu.ck The World.” I am just sure it translates exactly how you expect it might. The mellow guitar strumming mixes using a straight beat that puts the mind relaxed. The vocals continue this theme despite the angst-ridden lyrics.
The slow build comes to 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 love 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 particular satiating, shoe-gaze rock trio way back in August for deliciously bipolar alt-rock number, In My Heart I Only Say 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 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 brand new 3-track EP, I Wish I Understood; and, we have been 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 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, I Wish I Understood, is another 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 reminiscent of early Billy Corgan. He’s brave, and then 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.)
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