Lurid Glow - Joyful Noise - 27 April (UK Release Date)
Continuing their exploration of indie-electro-guitar-pop-weirdness, Reptar returns with their second full-length album, Lurid Glow, out on Joyful Noise Recordings (27 April UK Release Date). A diverse amalgamation of sounds and styles delineate the music of Reptar, culminating from the band’s disparate array of influences. Comparisons can be made to bands like Talking Heads and MGMT, but Reptar simultaneously showcases musicianship in the heritage of Frank Zappa, Rush, Mike Patton, and Tortoise - creating a blend of party music suitable for music nerds.
The band’s 2012 debut, Body Faucet, was characterized by Pitchfork as “Afro-tribal-electro-twee-pop” for college kids who “seriously like nothing more than to throw the fuck down." Now in 2015, Reptar is back to deliver on the hype. Lurid Glow is an expansive, artful development for the band, as catchy as it is difficult to classify. Building upon their party-wielding instincts, Lurid Glow fuses arrangements of horns, keyboards, guitars, and much more into compositionally-refined, booty-shaking anthems. Whether it’s the pulsating “Ice Black Sand” that transforms effortlessly from droning arpeggios to gorgeous pop choruses, the simple steel drum serenade of “Amanda”, or the 80s-prog-tinged “Cable”, Lurid Glow is a compelling statement from a band on their own unruly trajectory.
Reptar on Reptar:
"Reptar is a conglomerate of musicians devoted to pulling from our brains as many fucked up pop songs as possible before we die. We are interested in writing pop/love songs for future purveyors of new feelings and for those not interested in the tired hetero-normative pop music that inundates the airwaves.
Reptar formed in 2011 when William Kennedy (Imperceivable Shifts in Latitude, LOOK, Salsa Chest) had just moved to Athens, GA to study music and ended up playing in a band called CoCoRiCo (who still rule/still exist) with Reptar drummer Andrew McFrarland (Semicircle). Through a weird series of friendship coincidences and realizations, Ryan Engelberger (Semicircle) and Graham Ulicny (Thick Paint, LOOK, Channel Pressure) ended up moving to Athens to join the band. We all lived out of a house on Peter Street known as the Houseboat (it's for sale now with many major improvements in design/livability).
Out of this house we hosted shows and practiced and made many recordings and noises. Eventually Reptar recorded our first EP by sneaking into the studio of local radio station WUOG and staying there until morning to finish the album. These were the beginnings of songs that would later be finished in studio with Ben Allen (producer of Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter and many others) to become the Oblangle Fizz Y'all EP. This recording sparked several national tours and the eventual full length Body Faucet. Our new album Lurid Glow has been two years in the making and is a personal expression through music. We hope it feels like tuning into the desperate radio station of your innermost feelings and desires. We hope it prompts you to dance."