After being on the local music scene for two years and releasing an EP last year, Repartee is set to release their debut full-length, self-titled album next week to anxious fans. Their CD release show happens on Sept. 30 at The Rock House in St. John’s, and their album hits record stores the next day.
“It’s also a tour kick-off show, and it’s going to be deadly,” said Meg Warren, singer and keyboardist for Repartee.
Repartee formed in the summer of 2009 with Warren as the principal architect of the project. She then recruited drummer Andrew McCarthy, guitarist Chad Murphy, and bassist Paddy Byrne.
The group has since seen some changes, and now features Tyler Lovell on bass, Keith Harding on drums, and Robbie Brett on guitar.
“They all contribute really smart ideas that totally take the music in a direction that I’m not capable of doing myself. We all really like energetic and live performances,” said Warren.
“Originally when I started out, I kinda set out to make something that was like unabashed, straight-up pop music, and it kinda morphed into this music with lots of layers.”
“It was awesome for me when Robbie and Tyler joined the band because I’m a massive fan of what they do with other bands. So if I can put something out there that they can tweak, arrange, and add to, then the product that we end up with is something that I’m always very pleased with.”
The band began recording on May 15 at Stage House Studios in St. Philips, NL, and the album was completed over the span of about a month.
“Every idea starts with Meg. There were a lot of songs brought to us by Meg that we worked on a lot more as a band—just changing around the format of it or adding parts in,” explained guitarist Robbie Brett.
While Warren is seen as the principal songwriter for the project, the band members are used to a collaborative approach that works well for the writing and recording process.
“Meg usually records a demo and we’ll learn that for the jam, and then we get together and work out new ideas,” said Brett. “That’s why I’m a huge fan of collaborative writing; one person starts off with the main idea and it just branches off from there.”
In terms of style and sound, the members admit that it is a very pop-induced sound and includes lots of dynamic and layering with the instruments.
“Take for instance, ‘I used to dance.’ You think it’s just going to be nice and calm, but it takes you in so many directions. It’s comes out of nowhere and I love it. A lot of the songs are like that, they just have a lot of dynamic,” explained Brett.
“It’s not a very guitar-driven band. It’s nice to step away from that instrument, but it still doesn’t lose the energy. Meg has a lot of keyboard and organ patches that help keep the sound together, and the drums and bass really carry it.”
-Tim O’Brien, themuse.ca
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