Thursday, August 11, 2011


Fake Plastic's very own Fr. Jones shoots the breeze with Gingerbear from Reptar about phonetic sounds, Lollapalooza, ecstatic release, and band similarities to The Dark Knight (hint: overglorified rogues).
Here is my review of Reptar's debut EP Oblangle Fizz Y'all.

FR: The name Reptar instantly appeals to an entire generation reared on Nickelodeon. Its a real attention-getter for that demographic. How and why did you guys ultimately settle on this nostalgic reference?

G: The reference wasn't necessarily intentional or fully conscious, as unbelievable as that may sound. Back in the first week where we were playing music together, we just brainstormed some different words and did some sound/word association. While it's impossible to deny that the name Reptar originates from rugrats, I think the colorful, bright, happy connotations of the word were more of a draw than the anything about character of Reptar himself. There is something about the sense of nostalgia it can conjure up for children of the 90's that probably suits are music nicely, but that is accidental and a convenient afterthought. In fact, I don't think any of us were expecting to use the name in any truly serious context. Whoopsie.

FR: Speaking of names, how did the term "Oblangle Fizz" come about? And what does it mean?
G: Same way-word association, misunderstandings, words merging into other words mutating into other words coming out more as a phonetic sound, with flexible meanings based on context. When I think of it, I like to imagine a great vat of liquid that looks like the rainbow liquidy possibly vomit stuff connecting all the shapes on the EP cover, bubbling up, making synthspace sounds or analog delay created roars like the middle part of rainbounce as every bubble breaks. Then I jump in and go swimming, and my skin peels away and my muscles are disintegrated and my blood leaks out and fizzles away and is replaced by the liquid which then rebuilds a body for me Terminator 2 style.

FR: As heroes of the Athens music scene, did you guys have a favorite place to play while in the city?

G: While I still don't know if we are truly heroes (I guarantee that you can find a good chunk of the athens populace that views us more as villainous over-glorified rogues, kinda how Gotham City views Batman at the end of the dark night, than as real heroes, which I'm sure can be said about almost every band and their hometown) we have had a whole ton of fun playing pretty much every venue in athens. My all-time favorite memories though are in people's houses, especially in the basement of the local DIY music mecca, the Secret Squirrel, now known as Mom's. That place is magical. We did just play the rebuilt Georgia Theater though which was absolutely beautiful. Not to knock the beautiful memories of playing the 40 Watt, Caledonia, the Go Bar or New Earth.

FR: What's the best show you've ever seen?

G: Almost every Athens house show I have ever been to has been incredible. That being said, good shows give you what you need when you need it. There's no way to say whether my ecstatically happy experience watching the Flaming Lips was any better than any of the shows we played with Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, who every night brought me to an incredible place, or seeing Quiet Hooves playing with us in Athens. They were all great experiences.

FR: How would you briefly describe the Lollapalooza experience? In your opinion, what was the best act there?

G: That was mindblowingly crazy. We got a great amount of support from people coming out to see us. Most of us never expected to be able to go to Lollapalooza, much less play there. Unfortunately we didn't get to see as many bands as we woulda liked, as we had to skip out pretty early to get to another NY show. I heard that Lykke Li and Dale Earhhard Jr Jr and Beirut and Ratatat were all great.

FR: Tales of Reptar's energetic shows have reached almost mythic proportions. How does Reptar approach live performances? And did you alter this approach at all for Lollapalooza?

G: We didn't alter our approach at all. In my opinion, we have started to evolve our set lately by trying to start with somewhat more subdued but emotionally heavy moments of catharsis, building up to moments of ecstatic release. I think right now we are just attempting to make our shows as exuberant as possible, while moving towards a somewhat more controlled, intentional and complete emotional experience.

FR: You're touring later this year with both Cults and Foster the People- have you had a chance to listen to their most recent work? And if so, any thoughts?

G: They've both got great senses of melody and should be really really great and fun to play before. Haven't had a chance to get super deep into it though.

FR: Reptar's music carries heavy influences-but at the same time, it sounds undeniably your own. Who has influenced you guys the most as musicians?

G: Our parents and friends and the experiences we've had with them. Specifically, our friends in Qurious, Quiet Hooves, Dream Scene, Wowser Bowser, Co Co Ri Co, and all the other beautiful local musicians that have colored our world with their music. The bigger name influences have helped us learn the basics of music so that we can sound as good as lots of other really good bands, but the local, truly unique influences are what make us sound different and special.

FR: When can we expect a full-length LP?

G: We're recording a full length starting halfway through November, so hopefully soon.

FR: Any advice to up and coming artists struggling to make it in the 21st music industry?

G: Don't expect to make any money for a long time.

- Fr. Jones

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