It will continue to amaze me just how 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 across the world paying attention to the sounds of different countries with each click. A newly released YouTube rabbit hole led me to find out 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 called Dead Plan. The young band started out playing a mixture of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at secondary 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 anyone who has felt on the losing side of life.
Now Repeatedive is back using a moving piece in their new song “In My Heart, I Believe That Fu.ck The World.” I am just sure it translates precisely how you expect it would. 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 comes to an energetic climax around 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 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 any subtropical island nation…”
We originally crossed paths with this satiating, shoe-gaze rock trio back in August for his or her deliciously bipolar alt-rock number, Inside My Heart I Believe That Fu.ck This World, our favorite 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; a digital project we found to become, “…Authentic. Heartfelt. Gutsy.” Still consisting of Alan Yang (guitar, vocals), Larry Chen (bass), and Baron Jan(drums), this passionately apathetic trio has released their new 3-track EP, If Only I Understood; and, we are 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 reminiscent of 1994’s Pisces Iscariot by the Smashing Pumpkins. Delightfully digitally delayed, dreamy, ambient chords get wickedly juxtaposed having 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 yet 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 similar to early Billy Corgan. He’s brave, and that 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.)
Listen to Repeatedive’s latest EP, I Wish I Understood, and connect to their social media marketing platforms. Please support music video by going to them online, and playing, downloading, or purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, as usual, be grateful for supporting real music!