Saturday, 13 April 2013

Repetitor - Dobrodošli na okean

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I think it's possible that Serbian punks Repetitor have the honour of being the first Serbian band to have features on The Sound Of Confusion in the five-and-a-half years we've been running. Their sound is alternative hard-rock, in all its many shapes and forms, which makes for an eclectic and diverse listen that's a bit like being plunged into the icy seas of the Arctic in the way it harshly delivers some of it's songs. As for the lyrics, well we're hoping there's nothing particularly slanderous or offensive about them, but our Serbian (or do they speak Croatian in Serbia?) is non existent, plus we're all for free speech anyway.

You can have a good game of spot the influence here, as they run through sounds borrowed from 60s' garage and proto-metal, the rock giants of the early '70s, the punk explosion, '80s hardcore, grunge and beyond. Needless to say, it's a noisy one. Opener 'Devojke idu u Minhen' would be a great wake up call with its coarse guitars that give way to a ferocious vocal, and following it with the hectic punk of 'Biću bolji' just about seals the deal on that one. These guys have something they want to get off their chests, even if we can't understand what it is. The Gang Of Four-ish 'Šteta' is a highlight with its snappy beat an angular guitars.

It's easy to imagine that a Repetitor live gig is a messy affair, but that's just how this music should be enjoyed. These guys have more energy than a thousand Energizer bunnies. As well as bringing up the sounds of their heroes, they're not averse to a bit of experimenting themselves. 'U pravom trenutku' is post-punk but has their own stamp on it. The buzzing 'Dostupni i laki' (yes, we are copy and pasting these) is another feral blast of electric power, as is the stuttering 'Lica'. The red-raw garage they forge on 'Oktobarski salon' is an interesting update on an old sound. When they do briefly slow the pace on Laka zabava' it makes for a nice change, but all hell is let loose again half way through. We might have no idea what they're on about, but it sounds like a hell of a lot of fun anyway.

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