So Reptar's playing tonight at The Basement. Personally? I think their vocals sound a bit like a more affected (yes, more affected) version of Ezra Koenig's. But the instrumentation is pretty interesting, and as evidence by the above clip, they seem to play well live. Anyway, their website design is pretty LOL-worthy, and everybody likes a good Rugrats reference, right? I'll leave the rest to contributor William Hooker, who wrote a Critic's Pick for us. William?
At age 19 three friends and I formed a band called Battletoads on Ice. Hours after our only rehearsal, we played The Muse. Reptar is also a band of high school pals, and they also namedrop childhood nostalgia. Whereas Battletoads was a video game about buff, bipedal, alien frogs dressed like Mad Max, Reptar was a Godzilla-like character favored by the kids of ’90s-era Nickelodeon cartoon Rugrats. Reptar’s indie rock (a less experimental Animal Collective or Dan Deacon; a dancier Cold War Kids) focuses on moving the audience: Like most tracks on their latest EP Oblangle Fizz Y’all, “Context Clues” breaks down mid-song into tame but catchy electronica. And their formula works. Last year Athens, Ga., alt-weekly Flagpole deemed the Athenians “Best Live Band,” and since then the quartet has supported Phantogram, Cults and Foster the People. —WILLIAM HOOKER
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