It will continue to amaze me how the internet permits us to truly be considered a worldwide society. Particularly in the search for new interesting music. Just sitting at my laptop I can cruise across the world hearing the sounds of numerous countries with each click. A recent YouTube rabbit hole led me to find out another addition to my shoegaze alt-rock playlist. Let us introduce you to Repeatedive.
The indie rock band hails from the subtropical island nation of Taipei, Taiwan. From their beginnings in May of 2016 the collaboration of Alan Yang (Guitar/Vocals), Larry Chen (Bass) Baron Jan (Drums) continues to be referred to as music video. The young band started off playing a mix of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at secondary school events and experienced some trials, tribulations, or even a hiatus. The aim was always the same. Make fun music for your underdog, and those who have felt on the losing side of life.
Now Repeatedive has returned having a moving piece within their new song “In My Heart, I Say Fu.ck The World.” I am just pretty sure it translates just how you anticipate it might. The mellow guitar strumming mixes having a straight beat that puts your brain relaxed. The vocals continue this theme even with the angst-ridden lyrics.
The slow build comes to an energetic climax round the 3 minute mark of 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 really like 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 deliciously bipolar alt-rock number, Inside My Heart I Say Fu.ck The 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 comprising Alan Yang (guitar, vocals), Larry Chen (bass), and Baron Jan(drums), this passionately apathetic trio has released their completely new 3-track EP, I Wish 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 similar to 1994’s Pisces Iscariot through the Smashing Pumpkins. Delightfully digitally delayed, dreamy, ambient chords get wickedly juxtaposed with 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 with the anxious subtlety similar to early Billy Corgan. He’s brave, and that he gets better as we grow older. 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.)
Listen to Repeatedive’s latest EP, I Wish I Understood, and interact with their social media platforms. Please support music video by visiting them online, and playing, downloading, or purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, of course, thanks for supporting real music!