Repeatedive are a band who describe themselves as passionate / apathetic indie rock – two somewhat juxtaposed references that initially seem way off the mark but actually grow to reflect quite cleverly the sound they present.
In My Heart, I Say Fuck This World is a brilliant song, one that begins with a delicate, near-acoustic and shoe-gaze sort of approach – a simple chord progression and a striking simile for an opening line. The sky was fading like a man on life support is one you’re likely to take away with you, but despite its shock factor in contrast with the mellow delivery, what follows is a complex and brilliantly structured piece of powerful alternative rock. The band do indeed seem to incorporate elements of apathy and passion alike in everything they do.
Complex is a good way to describe In My Heart, I Say Fuck This World. A single listen is enough to sweep you out of your current moment, but it’s far from enough to fully connect with the ideas and the point of the song. For me, memories of Brand New and Smashing Pumpkins trickle through – elements of emo-rock and grunge in equal parts. This isn’t balanced within the entire set-up though, the song progresses and evolves much like a short film – the intensity rises, the passion builds and subsequently explodes as the band reach their emotional peaks; united in this tightly packed moment of well-organised musical mayhem.
As stated, a brilliant song – those opening two guitar chords, acoustic and easy to get to know, they seem surprisingly familiar once you’ve experienced the five minute track in full even just a single time. Then you hear that reverb-soaked vocal gently offering up the story-line, seemingly in a hopeful manner. The notes have a brightness but the lyrics have a sense of darkness – right up until the moment of I can let you be the one you dream, though even this has slight connotations of complexity or things not quite being as they seem; the title of the song constantly reinforces this doubt.
This is a powerful track that’s completely refreshing right now. The raw recording style gives you a genuine feel for the live show, and just as the three-minute mark approaches the music bursts into this uplifting, energizing rock ambiance. The leading voice suddenly hits with gravel and grit, the distorted instrumentation meets this rise in weight and volume perfectly well. And still, at its core, the song talks of love – love being all-encompassing, driving the things we do and the way we think about the world.
Elsewhere within their catalogue, songs like Pressurizer inject an infectiously enjoyable level of melodic punk-pop into the process. A superb melody line works wonders here, long-form and interesting enough to hold tight to your attention as the hook prepares to pour through. You also get softer moments, Don’t Wave at Clouds sees things fall away to the bare essentials as the vocalist almost whispers these poetic and reflective ideas to you.
The contrast between songs and often within each song is really effectively executed. Repeatedive combine thoughtful writing, powerful, refreshing melodies, skillful performances, and a clear love for the music and the genre, within every song they put out. Luna Is On Our Side is an even gentler song, dreamlike and blissfully calming as it fills the room. And there’s plenty more to check out from the band, not least of all a cover of the infamous Pumped Up Kicks. I look forward to hearing more of their original tunes throughout the coming months and years.