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 around the world hearing 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 your 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 started out playing a mix of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at high school events and went through some trials, tribulations, or even a hiatus. The aim was always the identical. Make fun music for your 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 This World.” I am just fairly certain it translates exactly how you expect it might. The mellow guitar strumming mixes having a straight beat that puts the mind relaxed. The vocals continue this theme despite having the angst-ridden lyrics.
The slow build involves 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 the way to a total 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 satiating, shoe-gaze rock trio way back in August for their deliciously bipolar alt-rock number, Within My Heart I Believe That Fu.ck This World, the most popular 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; a digital 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 released their completely new 3-track EP, If Only 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 from the Smashing Pumpkins. Delightfully digitally delayed, dreamy, ambient chords get wickedly juxtaposed with 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, If Only I Understood, is an additional 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 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.)
Pay attention to Repeatedive’s latest EP, If Only I Understood, and connect with their social media marketing platforms. Please support music video by visiting them online, and playing, downloading, and purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, as usual, be grateful for supporting real music!