It will still amaze me how the internet allows us to truly be considered a worldwide society. Particularly in the search for new interesting music. Just sitting at my laptop I can cruise across the world listening to the sounds of different countries with each click. A recent YouTube rabbit hole led me to find out 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. From their beginnings in May of 2016 the collaboration of Alan Yang (Guitar/Vocals), Larry Chen (Bass) Baron Jan (Drums) continues to be called music video. The young band started out playing a mix of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at high school events and experienced some trials, tribulations, or 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 having a moving piece within their new song “In My Heart, I Say Fu.ck This World.” I am pretty sure it translates just how you anticipate it might. 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 across the 3 minute mark of the song. Repeatedive grabs your attention and gets your blood pumping. Those punk influences show us how you can an entire 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 way back in August for his or her deliciously bipolar alt-rock number, Within My Heart I Believe That Fu.ck This World, our favorite single off 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 become, “…Authentic. Heartfelt. Gutsy.” Still composed of Alan Yang (guitar, vocals), Larry Chen (bass), and Baron Jan(drums), this passionately apathetic trio has now released their brand new 3-track EP, If Only I Understood; and, we have been no less enthused.
Showing a sweet, tender, and arguably optimistic side (that you may possibly not have 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 using a wild type 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, 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 he gets better with age. We’re looking towards 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 music video by looking at them online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!