It will continue to amaze me the way the internet permits us to truly be a worldwide society. Particularly in the search for new interesting music. Just sitting at my laptop I can cruise across the world listening 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. Let us show you 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 been known as Dead Plan. The young band started out playing a mix of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at secondary school events and underwent some trials, tribulations, and even a hiatus. The aim was always the same. Make fun music for the underdog, and anyone who has felt on the losing side of life.
Now Repeatedive has returned having a moving piece inside their new song “In My Heart, I Say Fu.ck The World.” I am fairly certain it translates exactly how you expect it might. The mellow guitar strumming mixes with 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 across 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 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 satiating, shoe-gaze rock trio way back in August for deliciously bipolar alt-rock number, In My Heart I Only Say Fu.ck The 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 released their completely 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 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 brand 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, I Wish I Understood, is another 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 using the anxious subtlety similar to early Billy Corgan. He’s brave, and he gets better as we age. We’re looking forward to 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 interact with their social media platforms. Please support music video by looking at them online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, as usual, thank you for supporting real music!