Nashville, Tennessee-based “Warholian” garage rockers *repeat repeat released their sophomore LP Floral Canyon via Dangerbird Records on September 15, and today Indie88 is pleased to premiere the band’s latest video for the song “Speaker Destroyer.”
This live performance video for “Speaker Destroyer” was filmed at Oil and Lumber in Nashville, and it follows the record’s lead single “Girlfriend.” *repeat repeat founding members Jared and Kristyn Corder spoke to Indie88 about the Nashville scene, their creative process, and the experience of coming through Canada for the first time on tour.
Nashville’s vibrant, eclectic scene has given rise to a bevy of great artists over the past several years. It’s Music City, not country city, as evidenced by the mix of garage rock, punk, indie rock, and *repeat repeat’s surf rock-inspired arrangements.
“Where I grew up in Gilbert, Arizona, if you told someone your career was a working musician they’d laugh at you,” Jared Corder told Indie88 over email. “Having a community here that not only understands, but respects the working musician makes it easier to express your creativity…people in the indie-rock scene share the unique challenge of proving to the world what we’ve always known, that Nashville’s rock scene is just as vibrant as it’s country scene. ”
Where “Girlfriend” highlighted the band’s penchant for mixing California surf culture and garage rock, “Speaker Destroyer” boasts an edgier feel that lent itself well to running with a live performance video.
Check out the video for “Speaker Destroyer (Live at Oil and Lumber)” below.
“In our opinion, it’s one of the best sounding songs on the record,” the band said. “We sometimes bring up a friend to come play bass on the song live and our bassist Neal plays guitar, so we do this song as a 5-piece live. With that in mind, it sounds so big and full and there are more people on stage and the dynamics of the song make it explode after the chorus. It just made sense for us.”
Floral Canyon is an obvious reference to Laurel Canyon, the California valley infamous in the 60s for the platform it gave the hippie movement and the artists that came out of the decade like Graham Nash, Neil Young, and The Mamas & The Papas. For *repeat repeat, the recording process was a vastly different exercise than that of their debut record Bad Latitude, which was put together over the course of several days in a Nashville basement.
“I want to always make the process different each time Kristyn and I go in to make a record,” Jared said. “With Floral Canyon, we wanted to make a big studio record as professionally as possible, mostly just to see what that would do to our sound and style. We worked 60+ hours a week and saved up all our own money to fly out our producer from NYC, hire an engineer, rent a studio for two weeks and set up shop.
“We spent a lot of days feverishly tracking all the instruments and then I would go home and work late into the night on pre-production for the next song. In the case of the song “Echo,” I rewrote the music for it the night before we were supposed to record it, and presented it to the band the day of. I’m glad I did, because that song ended up my favorite on the record.”
*repeat repeat recently graced the stage at Lee’s Palace in Toronto for their first Canadian show in support of Beach Slang. The band made the most of their time in the city, which included a trip to try some of the best nachos Toronto has to offer.
“It was our first time in the country. Several of our favorite bands (Mother Mother, July Talk, Death from Above, Andy Shauf, Arcade Fire) are all from there and it was the night before our record came out,” the band told Indie88.
“The venue (Lee’s Palace) was where they shot the band scene from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World so naturally we were in awe. I think what was most exciting was listening to Canadian radio on the way into town and hearing all the bands we love that we never get to hear in America. It felt like Toronto, and the Canadians as a whole were more appreciative of rock and the artists that play it. The city was incredibly diverse which we loved and since Kristyn and I are vegan we were really pleased to see all the places with vegan options, including a drunken trek to Sneaky Dee’s for vegan nachos. Also, considering current events, it was nice to spend a day not the craziness that is America right now.”
As for the band’s stylized name, well there’s a simple explanation for that. The band pulled their name from shampooing instructions, which read “wash, rinse, *repeat, repeat.” The effect that too much punctuation could have was not lost on *repeat repeat.
“Since the asterisk is at the beginning, it adds more character to the name than if we dropped that and left the comma. Also, and this was totally not planned, but it has inadvertently put us at the top of many billings and listings because of the asterisk. That has been fun to see.”