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, '
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
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