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Reptar
Oblangle Fizz Y'all
Vagrant Records
www.reptarmusic.com


Genre buzzwords and eclectic influential references don't always set up a situation for a band to live up to the hype of all the popular descriptions floating around them. In fact, in most cases it might even be safe to say that a band with too much press or too many crazy comparisons isn't likely to stick around, let alone impress, the average listener at that point. Reptar is one mind-boggling exception to this concept. If Reptar was the cast of Full House, Danny Tanner would be Robert Smith, uncle Jessie would be David Byrne, Joey would be Wayne Coyne, and the rest of the cast would be filled in with members of MGMT and Animal Collective. No joke, this band puts all sorts of melodic and dancey influences, electronic and otherwise, under one roof, making for an addictive and nostalgic sound.

Reptar is a five piece based out of Atlanta. They have what may be considered a standard line up now-a-days if you look at bands like Architecture In Helsinki, Yawn, or Prussia. Bass, guitar, vocals, drums, a synth, and of course, another set of percussion instruments accompanied by another synth make up this group. According to past articles and reviews, this band is worthy of the shows and press they have been getting. Known for the rambunctious and dance-worthy shows, it is no surprise that, reportedly, they may have literally brought down a house at a past show. Which also makes it all the more understandable when you find out what a draw they had at this past years SXSW festival. Their EP, Oblangle Fizz Y'all, came out last month. Currently, you can find Reptar touring with The Cults and The Naked And Famous.

Oblangle Fizz Y'all is a five track demonstration of just how powerful and diverse these guys can actually be. The opening track "Blast Off" is obviously an intelligent as well as groovy track inspired by The Talking Heads. "Rainbounce" sounds eerily similar to "Six Different Ways" and various other Cure songs. At this point you may be wondering, '…if all these guys do is rip off great bands that I already know and love, why would I bother?' Well, the answer is simple, they aren't just ripping these classics off, they are showing great homage with a personal twist, Jim Jarmusch would tip his hat at these guys. There is also a barrage of different sounds scattered across this album, not just on a genre level, but on an instrument level. There are toy pianos mixed in with catchy rhythms, a million synths, and even horns. The diversity and depth of Reptar is apparent with this EP. Let's see what these Rugrats fans can do…

-brad knain

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