There are four boys who make up Reptar. They have offered twice as many (if not more) explanations for why they chose to name their band after a Rugrats character. But these days, the Athens, GA based group is sticking to this one: "I first tried to name the band Invisible Boyfriend," giggles singer-guitarist Graham Ulicny. "And everybody goes, ‘that is the stupidest name I have ever heard in my life." So why Reptar? "It is the second stupidest band name we have ever heard." Indeed, there is no pretense behind Reptar, which also includes Andrew McFarland (drums), Ryan Engelberger (Bass), and William Kennedy (analog keyboards). Still, the ability to amuse and arouse their fans is just as important to them as indulging their musical curiosities. This sonic wanderlust extends from African Music to post-punk to psych-pop and converges joyously in songs such as "Blastoff" and "Rainbounce," and it’s won them high fives from NPR and NME alike.

Their aesthetic percolates even more vibrantly through their debut LP, Body Faucet, released May 1, 2012 on Vagrant Records. A set of shimmering sing-along anthems produced by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Washed Out), Body Faucet is propelled by jerky guitars and persistent beats. "The record feels like a big dream with different chapters," says Ryan. "Ghost Bike" captures the space between witnessing a friend’s death and surviving it. In "Sebastian" (named after a saint who became a gay icon), it’s experiencing, then remembering, a sexual awakening with a close friend. Lyrics and music flow in a liquid form from real places, each song oozing with a different color and substance. "We wanted to capture the thoughts we project on our surroundings and the ideas that flow in and out of us each day," says Graham. Indeed, much of the record deals with exploring and interacting with one’s surroundings in new, occasionally frustrating, ways. The album builds with songs such as "New House," expressing a future of possibilities. A centerpiece of sorts, notes Andrew, "it’s the most driving song on the record, and it’s really empowering live."

If Reptar had a superpower, it’d be the knack for warming up every space they inhabit. "Our music is very physical," says Ryan. "We always try to get people moving." This is wired into the DNA of the band, which honed its chops on house shows and continues to keep them a central part of its life. These shows began three years ago when they moved into a teetering, buttercup yellow abode together. "It was slanted at a 20-degree angle," Ryan explains, "and we’d have shows in the front room." Word spread, and soon they were popping up around at other houses, then clubs. Reptar even rounded out their stint at last year’s SXSW by playing in a friend’s backyard. Impressed by this commitment to connect, NME later rhapsodized about that bouncy set performed on a flatbed truck, anointing Reptar one of the "biggest buzzes" at the festival. "Little kids were running around selling cupcakes to drunk people for exorbitant amounts of money," marvels Graham. Reptar, of course, played for free.

Past Shows


Apr
12
th
2015
7th St Entry
Apr
12
th
2015
7th St Entry

Reptar

with Icky Blossoms and DOWNER PUSSIES
May
24
th
2014
Fine Line
May
24
th
2014
Fine Line

The Faint

with Reptar and Darren Keen
Apr
3
rd
2012
7th St Entry
Apr
3
rd
2012
7th St Entry

Reptar

with Quiet Hooves
Oct
26
th
2011
Mainroom
Oct
26
th
2011
Mainroom

Phantogram

with Reptar
Oct
6
th
2011
Triple Rock Social Club
Oct
6
th
2011
Triple Rock Social Club

Cults

with Reptar
Oct
6
th
2011
Mainroom
Oct
6
th
2011
Mainroom

Foster The People

with Cults and Reptar

More Shows

Nov
17
th
Fine Line
canceled

Leslie Odom Jr.

with Victoria Canal
Nov
6
th
Fine Line
canceled

Wavves

with SadGirl and Juiceboxxx
May
11
th
7th St Entry

The Garden

Feb
15
th
First Avenue

Apocalyptica

with Lacuna Coil