Before their show tomorrow night at U Street Music Hall, we chatted with Ryan Engelberger of Reptar. Read ahead as we chat with Ryan about their new album, tour mates Breathers, and riding the waves of life.
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Tell us about yourselves! How did you form a band and get to where you are today?
Reptar grew up as a band in the sweet sweaty southern mess of Athens, GA. We've been lucky to share the stage with a lot of great bands and we tend to throw as much energy as we can into our live performance which has helped us get to where we are now. One of the great things about Reptar is that it is always changing -- everyone who has ever played a show with Reptar is part of a big extended family so the live show almost always features a different array of friendly faces bringing new energies into old music.
How would you describe yourselves to someone who's never heard your music before?
We try to find all the feelings we can -- both good and bad -- within ourselves, bottle them up, and then let them loose in a celebratory, visceral explosion with anyone else who is around and cares to share in that same experience.
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You guys released your sophomore album back in March -- how does Lurid Glow compare to your first record?
Lurid Glow feels like a much more complete, confident and intentional statement of who we are as a band. The songs have moments that are a little more focused in on what we find exciting, while still covering a whole lot of sonic ground.
You're in the middle of a big tour -- what are you most excited about? Any shows or cities in particular?
Being able to watch them Breathers before us every night is a huge treat. Every city has it's own little nooks and crannies to explore so it's hard to pick one over another.
What are your requirements to have with you on tour?
Friends, marzipan, rubber gloves, a bayonet and a night light. Mike from Breathers doesn't play until he's eaten a Publix sub so we try to keep those around for everybody's sake.
We can't help put love that your band is named after Rugrats. If you each had to be a character in Rugrats -- who would be who?
We are stopping by on our Reptar/Breathers Bad Dog 2015 tour (thanks for the great poster, Mike). so I guess we'd all have to be the dog.
Where do you find inspiration for your music?
Walking down the street, hanging out with friends, listening to other music, watching other creative people push themselves for no reason other than because they can.
If you could collaborate with another band/musician -- who would it be?
The other day, Usher came in to the restaurant where I work when we aren't on tour, so it's kind of like we already did have a collaboration of sorts. Cooking, serving and eating burgers - each step needs the others.
What's next for you guys? What can we look forward to from you in the future?
Hopefully more music some time soon. We're finishing off this second big tour on a new album and have a lot of different opportunities in front of us to keep going in different directions. It's a little to early to really say what's coming up, I think lately we have tended to just grab our surfboards and try to ride the waves of life in whichever direction they are pushing us.
What are you listening to these days that we should put on our radar?
Clearly we can't say enough about Breathers, definitely check them out. Their music videos are the best I've ever seen.
Thanks for chatting with us, Ryan! Be sure to catch Reptar with Breathers tomorrow night at U Street Music Hall!