It will continue to 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 around the globe paying attention to the sounds of numerous countries with each click. A newly released YouTube rabbit hole led me to find out another addition to my shoegaze alt-rock playlist. Allow us to introduce you to 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 become referred to as Repeatedive. The young band began playing a mix of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at senior high school events and underwent some trials, tribulations, and even a hiatus. The goal was always 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 in their new song “In My Heart, I Believe That Fu.ck The World.” I am sure it translates exactly how you expect it might. The mellow guitar strumming mixes using a straight beat that puts your brain relaxed. The vocals continue this theme despite having the angst-ridden lyrics.
The slow build concerns an energetic climax around the 3 minute mark in the song. Repeatedive grabs your attention and gets your blood pumping. Those punk influences show us how you can 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 the 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, Within My Heart I 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 become, “…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 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 access to 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 having a wild make 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 the anxious subtlety similar to early Billy Corgan. He’s brave, and he gets better as we 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.)
Tune in to Repeatedive’s latest EP, I Wish I Understood, and interact with their social networking platforms. Please support music video by going to them online, and playing, downloading, and purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, of course, thank you for supporting real music!