It will continue to amaze me just how the internet allows 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 listening to the sounds of different countries with each click. A recent YouTube rabbit hole led me to discover another addition to my shoegaze alt-rock playlist. Allow us to show you 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 Repeatedive. The young band started off playing a mix of Nirvana covers and punk influenced originals at senior high school events and experienced 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 with a moving piece within their new song “In My Heart, I Believe That Fu.ck The World.” I am sure it translates precisely how you expect it could. The mellow guitar strumming mixes having a straight beat that puts your brain comfortable. 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 best way to 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 a subtropical island nation…”
We originally crossed paths with this particular satiating, shoe-gaze rock trio way back in August for their deliciously bipolar alt-rock number, In My Heart I Believe That 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; a digital 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 now released their completely new 3-track EP, I Wish I Understood; and, our company is 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 reminiscent of 1994’s Pisces Iscariot through 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 another 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 the anxious subtlety similar to early Billy Corgan. He’s brave, and 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.)
Listen to Repeatedive’s latest EP, I Wish I Understood, and interact with their social networking platforms. Please support Repeatedive by going to them online, and playing, downloading, and purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!