Reptar is cool, and I will tell you five reasons why.
1. Their sound: Their music has a hint of almost every genre mixed together and then put on crack. It’s fun, crazy, and will definitely make you shake your booty. They have been compared to Animal Collective a bunch, and I can definitely see the similarities. Their music is the definition of a contradiction, as they cite The Talking Heads, Jackson 5, Marky Mark and Prince as some of their influences. Call it what you want. It rocked.
2. Their dancing: I’m pretty much the most awkward dancer of all time, so I avoid it when in public, but seeing them going crazy all over the stage made me want to dance. So I did. And while it was most likely mildly embarrassing for my boyfriend (even though he would never admit it), it was a blast. The keyboardist was basically having a seizure on stage, bobbing his red, curly afro to and fro. They all looked like they were having the time of their lives, and the audience was too.
3. Their name: Any band named after a Rugrats reference is a band worth listening to. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, look here.
4. Their references: Reptar has worked with some pretty big names and gotten some pretty good publicity since they began. They worked with Gnarls Barkley, P. Diddy, Ben Allen, Matt & Kim, and Animal Collective (explains some of their musical influence) on their debut. They also gained attention at this year’s SXSW, and they’re opening for Foster the People with CULTS. I’d say they’re doing pretty well for themselves.
5. Their keyboardist: As I mentioned before, the keyboardist was going NUTS on stage, and it was awesome. He stole the show. Every time he started dancing like a madman, the audience cheered, laughed, and attempted to imitate. His outfit was also insane! It looked like a small, color-blind child dressed him. He was wearing short neon gym shorts, a psychedelic-printed shirt, a sweatband, and a FANNY PACK! He rocked the fanny pack. Couple this ridiculous outfit with his tall, pale frame and ginger afro, and you have the man of so many hipsters’ dreams.
Hopefully these reasons have persuaded you to go out and listen to all of Reptar’s music and YouTube their live performances. You won’t be sorry!