It will still amaze me the way the internet permits 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 globe 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. Let us introduce you to Repeatedive.
The indie rock band hails through 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) continues to be known as music video. The young band started off playing a mixture of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at high school events and experienced some trials, tribulations, or even a hiatus. The goal was always exactly the same. Make fun music for that underdog, and whoever has felt on the losing side of life.
Now Repeatedive has returned using a moving piece inside their new song “In My Heart, I Say Fu.ck The World.” I am pretty sure it translates exactly how you anticipate it could. The mellow guitar strumming mixes with a straight beat that puts the mind relaxed. The vocals continue this theme even with the angst-ridden lyrics.
The slow build comes to 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 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 a subtropical island nation…”
We originally crossed paths with this particular satiating, shoe-gaze rock trio back in August for his or her deliciously bipolar alt-rock number, Inside My Heart I Only Say Fu.ck This World, our favorite single using 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 get, “…Authentic. Heartfelt. Gutsy.” Still consisting of Alan Yang (guitar, vocals), Larry Chen (bass), and Baron Jan(drums), this passionately apathetic trio has now released their 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 might not have been aware this trio possessed), Luna Is On Our Side, is instantly reminiscent of 1994’s Pisces Iscariot from the Smashing Pumpkins. Delightfully digitally delayed, dreamy, ambient chords get wickedly juxtaposed using a wild brand 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 piece of post-grunge indie-rock. Singer-songwriter & front-man Alan Yang has serious vision and talent, and writes & sings with the anxious subtlety reminiscent of early Billy Corgan. He’s brave, and that he gets better as we grow older. 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.)
Tune in to Repeatedive’s latest EP, If Only I Understood, and interact with their social media platforms. Please support music video by going to them online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, of course, be grateful for supporting real music!