It will continue to amaze me how 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 world paying attention to the sounds of various 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 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) has been referred to as Dead Plan. The young band began playing a mixture of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at secondary school events and went through some trials, tribulations, and even a hiatus. The aim was always the identical. Make fun music for the underdog, and anyone who has felt on the losing side of life.
Now Repeatedive has returned using a moving piece in their new song “In My Heart, I Only 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 your brain at ease. The vocals continue this theme despite the angst-ridden lyrics.
The slow build concerns an energetic climax across the 3 minute mark of the song. Repeatedive grabs your attention and gets your blood pumping. Those punk influences show us how you can an entire sonic experience that fills the void in a dreary day.
Damn. I adore 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 way back in August for deliciously bipolar alt-rock number, In My Heart I Believe That Fu.ck This 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 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, If Only I Understood; and, we are 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 by the Smashing Pumpkins. Delightfully digitally delayed, dreamy, ambient chords get wickedly juxtaposed having a wild make 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 using the anxious subtlety similar to 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.)
Listen to Repeatedive’s latest EP, I Wish I Understood, and connect to their social media marketing platforms. Please support Dead Plan by going to them online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!