Reptar Bounces Into the Afternoon At Filter Showdown

Austin was slightly cloudy Thursday morning during the 26th annual South by Southwest music festival, but by the time Athens, Ga., dance-rock outfit Reptar took the stage at the Filter Magazine Showdown on Cedar Street around 2 p.m., the sun had finally broken through.

Much to the delight of a jam-ready crowd inside Cedar Street’s vine-lined courtyard, it was time to nod your head, y’all.

The southern twang previously written is a direct call back to Reptar’s debut EP, Oblange Fizz Y’all, a collection of disco-ready tracks that keep the feet moving.

So it went at the Showdown.

Touring as a six-piece band, the regularly five-member Reptar was synth-heavy with a deadly percussive beat driving the show.  But the guitar work of singer Graham Ulicny added herky-jerky adornments to the breakdowns.

That’s not a bad thing, either.  The guitars mixed it up in the background to blip and tweak the groove, even as it chugged along.

One big highlight was the bombastic and aptly-titled “Rainbounce,” which dropped heavy bass on the masses and even tacked a little metal shredding on the end.

During “Houseboat Babies,” Ulicny’s guitar strap became unfastened, which allowed him to grab the mic and unleash an impromptu funky chicken dance.

Reptar – whose first full-length, Body Faucet,is due in May – even left the crowd with a little taste of what’s to come, closing with the rock-leaning “Sweet Sipping Soda.”

All in all, it was a good way to continue a lengthy tour that will criss-cross North America leading up to Body Faucet‘s release.

For more information, visit Reptar’s official website.


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