*repeat repeat is a fuzzy surf rock/indie rock band from Nashville. They refer to their own sound as “surf rock candy”. The heart of the band is the married couple of Jared Corder (guitar/vocals) and Kristyn Corder (vocals/keys), and they are joined by drummer Andy Herrin. They formed in 2014 and have released two albums. Floral Canyon, their sophomore long player, was released in September via Dangerbird Records, and is receiving warm reviews. I didn’t know anything about them until I started getting things in the mail bag about them and the video for today’s song. It’s actually turned out to be one of my favourite mailbag things of all time.
Jared and Kristyn met at a party where Jared was dressed as Tom Cruise’s character in Risky Business. Later, they got engaged. Jared and Andy were working at a record store together and were in a band searching for a female singer. Kristyn sang on some demos, and although she hadn’t planned on joining the band, she did.
Today’s song was written as sort of a response to the brilliant song “Boyfriend” by Best Coast. It was also inspired by events when Jared was courting Kristyn. In the Best Coast song, the protagonist pines for her male friend, who is dating a girl who is “prettier and skinnier” and “has a college degree”. In the *repeat repeat song, the protagonist pines after the girl who isn’t giving him much of a chance.
If you want to revisit the Best Coast song, go watch the video here.
Then, listen to today’s song. “Girlfriend” by *repeat repeat
It’s a glorious pop song with a strong hook in the chorus. I love the coed vocal harmonies, and especially the call-and-response bits. I absolutely adore the heavy fuzz in the second chorus. Another small thing that I love is that the chorus adds a line each time through. It’s silly, but I get a big kick out of the line:
I’ll take you to the airport if you go out of town
There are certainly grander romantic gestures than offering to see someone off at the airport, but I love the image of the slightly desperate guy doing anything he can to win her heart.
Then there’s the line:
I don’t want your maybes
I just want your babies
There’s a line in the final chorus about how the girl teases him, and that’s sort of the theme of the video, which I’ve watched a bunch of times.
The handsome guy meets the mysterious blonde woman at a *repeat repeat show, takes her out and makes sure she gets home safely. Then he does all this “nice guy” charming stuff while she stares blankly, barely giving him the time of day. He carries a million of her shopping bags while she checks herself out in her compact mirror. He carries her ice cream cone out of the shop (and struggles with the door) only to find her already outside with a giant cone. She stares ahead blankly in the photo booth while he does all that lovey-dovey stuff. He’s all weepy when he drops her at the airport, but she won’t even hug him. She teases him at their picnic. My absolute favourite part of the video is when they’re having a pillow fight in the apartment and it cuts to a snowstorm of down feathers at the *repeat repeat show. It’s meta without being pretentious. The whole thing is pretty beautiful. Of course there’s the twist ending and the double twist that Jared and Kristyn were watching that as a movie. It’s brilliant and I can’t stop watching/listening. By the way, the bird on the arm of the sofa is Jared and Kristyn’s pet. They have a whole menagerie, including a horse.
You can buy the album from the Dangerbird Records web store here. Check out the bundles that include tube socks and luggage tags!