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 across the world paying attention to the sounds of various 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 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) continues to be called Repeatedive. The young band started out playing a mixture of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at secondary school events and underwent some trials, tribulations, or even a hiatus. The goal was always exactly 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 inside their new song “In My Heart, I Believe That Fu.ck The World.” I am just fairly certain it translates precisely how you expect it would. The mellow guitar strumming mixes having a straight beat that puts your mind comfortable. 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 best way to an entire 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 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, In My Heart I Only Say Fu.ck The World, our favorite 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 released their new 3-track EP, If Only I Understood; and, we are no less enthused.
Showing a sweet, tender, and arguably optimistic side (that you may possibly 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 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, If Only I Understood, is an additional adventurous, no-holds-barred, everything-on-the-table, perfectly rough-around-the-edges bit 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 then he gets better with 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.)
Tune in to Repeatedive’s latest EP, I Wish I Understood, and connect to their social media platforms. Please support music video by going to them online, and playing, downloading, and purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, of course, be grateful for supporting real music!