It will continue to amaze me the way 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 listening to the sounds of different countries with each click. A recent 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 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 been referred to as music video. The young band started out playing a mixture of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at secondary school events and went through some trials, tribulations, or even a hiatus. The objective was always the same. Make fun music for the underdog, and whoever has felt on the losing side of life.
Now Repeatedive has returned having a moving piece inside their new song “In My Heart, I Believe That Fu.ck The World.” I am fairly certain it translates precisely how you anticipate it might. The mellow guitar strumming mixes having a straight beat that puts your mind at ease. The vocals continue this theme despite the angst-ridden lyrics.
The slow build involves an energetic climax round the 3 minute mark of the song. Repeatedive grabs your attention and gets your blood pumping. Those punk influences show us the best 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 the subtropical island nation…”
We originally crossed paths with this particular satiating, shoe-gaze rock trio way back in August for their deliciously bipolar alt-rock number, Within My Heart I Only Say Fu.ck The 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, If Only I Understood; and, our company is 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 with 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, If Only I Understood, is an additional adventurous, no-holds-barred, everything-on-the-table, perfectly rough-around-the-edges part 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 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.)
Pay attention to Repeatedive’s latest EP, If Only I Understood, and connect with their social media marketing platforms. Please support Repeatedive by visiting them online, and playing, downloading, and purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, as usual, thanks for supporting real music!