It will still amaze me the way the internet permits us to truly be considered a worldwide society. Especially 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 recent YouTube rabbit hole led me to discover another addition to my shoegaze alt-rock playlist. Allow us to introduce you to Repeatedive.
The indie rock band hails through the 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 become known as 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, or even a hiatus. The aim was always exactly the same. Make fun music for the underdog, and those who have felt on the losing side of life.
Now Repeatedive has returned having a moving piece in their new song “In My Heart, I Only Say Fu.ck This World.” I am just sure it translates precisely how you anticipate it could. The mellow guitar strumming mixes using a straight beat that puts your mind relaxed. The vocals continue this theme despite the angst-ridden lyrics.
The slow build involves an energetic climax across the 3 minute mark in the song. Repeatedive grabs your attention and gets your blood pumping. Those punk influences show us the way to an entire 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 back in August for their deliciously bipolar alt-rock number, Inside 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; 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, our company is 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 reminiscent of 1994’s Pisces Iscariot through the Smashing Pumpkins. Delightfully digitally delayed, dreamy, ambient chords get wickedly juxtaposed having 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 piece 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 that he gets better with age. 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.)
Tune in to Repeatedive’s latest EP, If Only I Understood, and interact with their social media platforms. Please support Dead Plan by looking at them online, and playing, downloading, and purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, as always, thanks for supporting real music!