Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Isoprene Bath” by Reptar from the 2012 album Body Faucet on Vagrant Records.
Why a band name like Reptar? “It is the second stupidest band name we have ever heard,” laughs singer-guitarist Graham Ulicny (for the record, their initial bandname, Invisible Boyfriend, was as ill-advised). Lack of pretenses aside, fellow bandmates William Kennedy (analog keyboard), Ryan Engelberger (bass), and Andrew McFarland (drums), along with Ulicny, are but four collegiate drop-outs from the Athens, GA, music scene that just happen to have entities like NPR, NME, and SXSW (which they played, free of charge, on a moving flatbed truck) buzzing with delirious glee. Formed two years ago, while attending different colleges, the group of longtime friends and jammates moved into a dilapidated house in Athens, where they would write, practice, and pretty much percolate in the city’s vibrant and nurturing live music scene. Producer Ben Allen (Washed Out, Animal Collective), who randomly stumbled into one of their shows, came away mightily impressed with their riotous showmanship skills and offered his studio skills on what would ultimately be their first full-length album, Body Faucet. Tracks like “Isoprene Bath” showcase the band’s ability to seamlessly cram a dizzying amount of genres (world / indie / funk / dance / soul) and do so in a way that is superbly organic, uncoiled, but most importantly, engaging from start to finish. Imagine a cross pollenation of bands like Passion Pit, Givers, and Vampire Weekend, and you’ll be one step closer to understanding why and how Reptar rocks.
Having just released their full-length LP, Body Faucet, in early May via Vagrant Records, Reptar are set to stage dive, headfirst, into the 2012 summer festival season, touring across both America and Europe. For a list of tour dates, as well as photos, videos and other band related content, please consult either Facebook page or their official band website. In the meantime, check out their full live performance from our very own KEXP studios last year: