The end of the summer weekend is upon us and I couldn’t think of a better way to get it started by meeting * repeat repeat . This is the last day of their summer tour and their first official video has just come out so the band is getting ready for some well deserved rest, but before they do I need all you 50thirdand3rd kids who dig the groove from the past to give them a listen. They are bringing a smile to my face as I listen to these cool ass harmonies and excellent covers of a couple of songs that are iconic so if you dare to touch them it better be good and I’m glad to say that *repeat repeat brings the tunes to 2016, perfectly. Good stuff for sure , dig in and jam on these tunes and be sure to add them to your playlist kids. As you listen to their album you’ll better understand how they mix such different musical styles into a sound that differentiates them from so many others very , very cool band.
Meet – *repeat repeat
for those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band ?
I had started a band when I first moved to Nashville, and although we had a little success it was never really anything I took too seriously and the band eventually fell apart. I was ready to start a band where every member was ready to really push to make this our full-time career, not just jamming for fun. I worked with Andy at a record store in Nashville and knew he played drums, and told him my whole plan and he was in. The two of us starting rehearsing in my basement and planning our first album. Kristyn and I were engaged at the time and I had her sing on a few demos. Our producer heard the demos and said “I think you’ve found your girl singer” That started the whole thing.
who would you list as your musical influence?.
The three of us have different musical backgrounds. Kristyn grew up on 60’s west coast groups like The Beach Boys, The Mammas and the Pappas, The Everly Brothers.
Andy grew up listening to the hip bands that came out of 90’s. Nada Surf, The Dandy Warhols, The Gin Blossoms, etc.
I was a pretty rebellious kid, and listened to punk rock. The Sex Pistols, The Cramps, NOFX, Bad Religion, Iggy and The Stooges. A lot of Epitaph stuff.
I think the combining of the three different types of influences gives way to our sound.
whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
Signing a management deal with Red Light MGMT and playing Live on The Green this September. Both took a lot of work and making wise business decisions. Both were dreams of ours to achieve.
what are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years.
We’re in talks with a few labels to put out our sophomore record “Floral Canyon” and I think picking the right label that gives you the freedom to take creative measures as a band and not fit a cookie-cutter mold is probably one of my biggest dreams as a band. Having the power to put out your music in a big way, while having the freedom to put it out the way you want.
what are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
BRONCHO – “Double Vanity”
MOTHER MOTHER – “Very Good Bad Thing”
THE RAVEONETTES – “Pe’ahi”
FATHER JOHN MISTY – “I Love You, Honeybear”
THEE OH SEES – “Carrion Crawler / The Dream”
CAGE THE ELEPHANT – “Tell Me I’m Pretty”
Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
Any artist who is completely against social media is an idiot. These days you can reach so many people without ever being signed to a label through social media. Plus, when a fan feels like they really know an artist, they will be invested in that artist for their entire career. That kind of intimacy is best translated through social media, keeping up with your fans in a way that the old-school meet and greet couldn’t really do. I think social media is a perfect way to force the artist to think outside of the box and reinvent how they release content.
I feel the same way about streaming vs. physical releases. Besides vinyl, streaming is a totally great way for an indie band to get heard. Anyone who is against streaming their music is living in the past.
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.
It’s hard, at a smaller level, to totally ignore reviews/comments/suggestions if they’re negative. If someone thinks our music sucks it certainly sticks with you when you’re starting out. I think some people just aren’t going to get it, and some will. And some will only “get it” when everyone else does. We try to be really grateful and thankful to the fans (and to our team!) who “get it” now before something big happens. When you’re trying to create anything a little differently, some people are going to think it’s shit. Even if it was shit, I would rather create something unique.
If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.
Europe and Canada. Mainly London and Toronto.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.
We’re all just existing, no heaven or hell, no pre-determined plan before or after life. Thus, no need for any souls to be saved.
But if I’m wrong and our souls do need to be saved, the only thing I would trust would be music.
Any last thoughts for your fans?
Thank you for believing in us now. Thank you for coming to shows and streaming our music. Thank you for believing in love.
listen to this excellent album…