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Nashville, Tennessee, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012

Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Established on Jan, 2012
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Wednesday night was a night of exceeded expectations, from not just one, but both of the bands who performed at Exit/In. With No Country favorite *repeat repeat opening up the night with glowing guitar licks and chemical vocal duo of Jared and Kristyn Corder, they left us wanting more just as Glass Animals took the stage in front of their first ever Nashville crowd. We were proud of how many Nashvillians came out to support the lads of Glass Animals, as fans piled in continuously over the span of the two powerhouse bands. Shoulder to shoulder we stood, jumped, and danced to the local heroes of sunny surf rock *repeat repeat and to the trippy and polished-smooth synth beats of Glass Animals. Scroll down, click the link below, call a friend who has a computer, or do what you must to find out what you missed Wednesday at Exit/In.

Taking after their name, *repeat repeat displayed a showcase of groovy guitar and powerful drums that got the entire crowd moving back and forth from the first beat to the last. Jared Corder is the lone guitarist in the band, but, nevertheless, creates a wall of distortion and loops of guitar grooves that keep the punk rock train of *repeat repeat traveling forward full steam. The coal of this freight train of happy California rock and roll is Andy Herrin, who sits behind his drum set spinning and whipping around like a whirling dervish with practiced efficiency and accuracy. The true cherry on top of *repeat repeat’s sound is the dreamy and powerful voice of Kristyn Corder. Her additions of vocals and keys round out the surf punk sound, giving *repeat repeat the true sun-streaked blonde SoCal vibe.

The trio performed a plethora of songs from their full album, Bad Latitude, including their opening number “History,” where Kristyn played the smallest piano known to man. With the inclusion of powerful tracks like “Not the One,” “Chemical Reaction,” and “12345678,” Bad Latitude will be on our playlists, CD players, turntables, and any other form we can get our hands on for many seasons to come. We wish *repeat repeat great success, and with their timeless and sunny sound, this local Nashville band’s future looks bright. - No Country For New Nashville


*repeat repeat - Bad Latitude [3.11.14, self released]

Just like last year, we have compiled all of our favorite records of 2014 from both a National and Nashville perspective. A bunch of the No Country staff nominated their top ten favorite records, and then we ranked the results. If you saw our Best National Records of 2014 post, then you know that Jack White already took that crown, and, given that he lives in Nashville, Lazaretto obviously won this poll too. So, we threw that record out of our poll here, and still had 41 nominated records to tally. Have a look at our top 10 (well, 12 because of lots of ties) Nashville albums of 2014 below, and you can link to the albums in Spotify by clicking on the title. - No Country For New Nashville


The closest beach to Nashville is roughly 440 miles away, but that doesn’t stop the members of repeat repeat from channeling the sounds of sun and surf for a sound that’s quintessentially California in nature.
Credit that to a number of things, up to and including frontman Jared Corder’s upbringing in Phoenix. Born in Northern California, after his family moved to the desert Southwest, they traveled frequently to SoCal cities like San Diego and Los Angeles, and when he got into bands in college, the closest scene to the punk rock he embraced at the time was there as well.
“I think we’ve found this really good mix,” Corder told The Daily Times recently. “I had played in punk bands and indie rock bands, but never really anything surf-minded. Kristyn (Corder, his wife) was raised solely on ’60s pop — the Mamas & The Papas, the Everly Brothers, the Beach Boys, all that harmony-heavy, dreamy, washed-out reverb sound. And Andy (Herrin, the band’s drummer) grew up on ’90s alternative like Gin Blossoms and Soul Asylum. I think the three blended really well, and we’ve developed this surf-rock sound that doesn’t have to be defined by Dick Dale or The Ventures. I think you can take that genre and mold your own sound, and that’s what we kind of did. We wanted to kind of evolve it, but we didn’t want to do a whole different sound or direction; we wanted to keep that surf tinge but have an edge to it and try to make something different.”
His punk influences — which came about because “I grew up in the suburbs and my parents were pretty conservative and religious at the time, so the only way I could rebel was to dye my hair black, wear spikes and sing punk,” he said — have been softened; the harmonies between his voice and his wife’s add a layer of warmth that’s as sweet as the kiss of the May sun; and the fuzzy guitar tones propelled by Herrin’s on-point drumming create a sound that couldn’t possibly be more ideal for blasting out of an old cassette player while lying on a towel beach-side, the sound of seagulls and laughter and the endless rolling of waves a soundtrack for how you want to spend the rest of your days.
Crafting such a sound might not seem to make much sense for a band that calls Nashville home, but it actually helps repeat repeat stand out, said Corder, whose band performs Friday night at Preservation Pub in downtown Knoxville.
“It’s interesting, because I feel like we would be more of a small fish in a big pond if we lived on the coast,” he said. “Because we’re not near the beach, we have to draw on some influences from our past and our upbringing and stuff like that. For me, it brings back memories of going to Mission Beach with my family, and for Kristyn, it brings back memories of her singing the Everly Brothers in the car with her dad when she was a kid.”
This band, actually, is his wife’s first foray into a performing group. A veteran of theater, she was doing branding and publicity for certain Nashville bands and planning her wedding; Corder and Herrin intended to bring a female vocalist into the mix but asked her to fill in on some rough demos until they could fill the position. When a New York producer friend heard her voice on those rough tracks, he told Corder his girl singer was right in front of him.
“We talked about what this would look like, being on the road together since we have four dogs, five cats, a bird and a horse, but she said, ‘I think I want to do this,’” Corder said. “All of my songs are pretty much about love and being with her anyway, so it made it that much easier to do them with her. Plus, it adds a nice layer of wonderment having someone in the band who’s never been in a band before. It’s easy to get jaded when you’ve done it a million times before, but every show she plays is like a first time, and that comes out in the music and in the live show.”
The wonder she feels was on full display last month when repeat repeat — which will release the new album “Floral Canyon” late this year or in early 2016 — performed as part of the Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival in Knoxville, Corder added; the Friday night performance the band gave at The Pilot Light was one of the highlights of the year so far.
“We knew that the audience was going to be just off-the-charts supportive and really into the music, because it seems like everyone in Knoxville loves live music, indie rock bands and stuff like that,” he said. “But we were blown away. I don’t know if it was the overall morale because it was the first night of the festival and everybody was geared up for the weekend, but it seemed like 90 percent of the crowd knew all the lyrics to our songs. At one point, my mic went out, and I could hear the whole crowd singing along.”

-Steve Wildsmith - The Daily Times


Nashville up-and-comers *repeat repeat get garage-rock revivalism just right on their debut album, Bad Latitude, released in 2014. Borrowing from surf rock, ’60s girl groups, ’90s indie pop, and the Nuggets compilation, the band nails a balance of sweet hooks, dreamy harmonies, and bracing guitar riffs on Bad Latitude, and they do it with impressive pop economy—of the album’s 10 songs, only three last for more than three minutes. It’s a pleasant, unassuming sugar rush that leaves you wanting more. Credit the band’s chemistry to the playful interaction between guitarist/singer Jared Corder and his wife, Kristyn, who joined the band during its first recording session—the winning results are apparent on the band’s very first single, “12345678,” a minor hit on Nashville indie radio that anchors the full-length debut. - Knoxville Mercury


*repeat repeat draws just enough from the B-52s to lend a gritty, sweaty character to their effusive jams — perfect music for a hot night in the humid South. Close harmonies and an infectious bounce nod to Brill Building hits, while propulsive, tom-heavy drums and plentiful reverb establish an overall surf-rock vibe. Yet there’s exuberance here that was largely absent in Wavves’ and Best Coast’s painfully disaffected beach-rock moods. With Ropeswing Marathon, Public Mind.
— Corbie Hill - Free Times


Excellent news for Rhythm N' Blooms fans and music fans in general. East Nashville surf-rockers *repeat repeat are returning to Knoxville. Back in April, *rr rocked The Pilot Light on Friday and kicked things off at The Standard on Saturday afternoon.

I had the privilege of catching their Saturday set. Starting the day off at a music festival is no easy task, but somebody's gotta do it. Incredibly, *repeat repeat compelled an army of enthusiastic concertgoers to forge their way past the folding chairs to the front of the stage and rock out for the duration of their set. I had just had a BBQ burrito next door at Sweat P's and would've been ready for a nap if not for *rr's raw power in their live performance.

This is going to be the perfect show for early summer. Their bright guitar tones and poppy melodies evoke sunshine and good vibes, and their powerful drums provide a very danceable beat. You can catch *repeat repeat on Friday, May 22nd at Preservation Pub with Chief Scout and Arson's Harbor. - Knoxville Music Warehouse


This new @repeatX2 track, "Mostly", is a fuzzy, dark, compelling piece of work. Love it and want more http://tmblr.co/ZjU_Jt1lyAs4E

The first track from repeat repeat’s forthcoming sophomore album, floral canyon, has been released and it’s got a compelling, fuzzy, dark vibe to it. Can’t wait to hear more of this. - We Own This Town


"... think The Smithereens, The B-52's, The Ventures, and PIXIES, and then push your imagination onto some unchartered lush lands of pop and you’ve got this three unit band who sonically surfs the third-coast."

- TOP TAIL FEATHER PICK—A Zeno Songbird superlative live music recommendation - Zeno Songbird


"*repeat repeat may be landlocked but have California-style surf-y reverb down pat; the band will be releasing their sophomore album this year, and I can only anticipate that it will be a smash. Even though their sound could be described as “throwback,” they are definitely propelling their genre forward.

...So there you have it! This festival is going to rock" - East Of 8th


Exclusive Communion Interview: *repeat repeat
Playing Communion Nashville on Thursday, *repeat repeat are set to blow your mind! Here’s a chat we had with them on what to expect…

-What are you most looking forward to with playing a Communion Club Night?
Playing a Communion show will put us in front of an audience that we don’t always get to play in front of, I think it’s a mixture of people who have eclectic tastes and like everything from electronic music to dance to folk. Playing with Vinyl Thief, our good friends. I (Jared) used to book them for some shows in town and it’s fun to watch them grow and gain more notoriety. Plus Grayson (the lead singer) is an amazing frontman.

-What’s your favorite thing about the Nashville music scene?
As Nashville grows, the more opportunities there are for artists to succeed. More shows, more blogs, more press, more festivals. I think living in Nashville gives an artist an edge over a non-music city in that you have the ability to choose the direction you want to take your music. You can tour regional and hit several major cities, we have an excellent radio station that features local music, and there are so many great local bands that you can play and tour with.

-What’s something you feel stands out about your live shows?
I believe we want our shows to be a mixture of good music and fun. We don’t want to be stuck-up or too cool for school, but we want to be taken seriously at the same time. I think we capture a good mix of that live. Being able to play music with my wife (Kristyn) and my best friend (Andy) helps our live show convey a sense of fun, love and urgency.

-Do you have anything exciting going on now (or soon) that everyone should know about?
We put out our debut album, Bad Latitude, in March and have been touring and promoting with that. We already have an albums worth of new material and are planning to go back in the studio this fall.

-Describe yourself in one quick sentence:
Spooky Surf Pop.

-Favorite food of Nashville?
Sushi. Vegetarian Sushi. And Perrier sparkling water.

-What is one of your favorite places in Nashville?
We have four dogs, so the Shelby Dog park.

-Favorite album?
Of all time? That’s an unanswerable question. I have the cover of Radioheads “Amnesiac” album tattooed on my arm, so that’s definitely in the top 10. Also, anything by The Mama’s and the Papa’s, the Beach Boys, The Turtles, The Raveonettes, Arcade Fire, Mother Mother, The Beatles, The Fling, Cults, etc. It’s a long list.

-Favorite concert you’ve ever been to?
Paul McCartney at Bonnaroo last year.

-What are you listening to now?
A lot of Rogue Wave. Bass Drum of Death, Surfer Blood, Real Estate, BRONCHO, the Drums. - Communion Presents


Within the spectrum of rock music, surf isn’t all that different from ska: the originals are the ones who did it best, and few who presently indulge in the genres tend to contribute little beyond imitation. “It was my musical mentor and our producer Gregory Lattimer (of Now Records) that really started to get me into this simple, catchy, cool rock sound,” explains *repeat repeat frontman Jared Corder, speaking to the band’s self-described “surf” branding. “[One] that was a throwback to that era without being a direct copy of the 60′s sound.” Within the group’s still-developing stable of tracks, “surf” might better represent a feeling more than an indicator of style though. And *repeat repeat are no surf-rock imitators.

Of the songs that have been released in advance of the band’s debut album, Bad Latitude, “History” comes closest to the advertised sound, flirting heavily with the “urban surf adventure in rockcandyland” idea teased on the group’s Facebook page. More so, however, it introduces a trend that is also heard through “12345678” and “Love That Never Ages,” painting *repeat repeat as a group pre-occupied not with beach-pop, but with making carefully considered reverb-heavy rock songs. “We’re not going for a lo-fi sound, we’re going for pop,” Jared told No Country for New Nashville last spring. It just so happens that the marketing of those pop songs thoughtfully leans on a singular noteworthy influence, used to help strengthen their position within Nashville’s ever-busy rock scene.



“Bands are brands,” said vocalist Kristyn Corder last year in an interview with the Tennessean, speaking about artist development as a necessity for musicians looking for a roster spot with the increasingly popular East Nashville Underground. The quarterly festival — which Kristyn and Jared co-founded — has showcased dozens of local rock acts since 2010. It has also provided the duo with insight into what works and what doesn’t among the ranks of the local DIY scene, reinforcing the importance for self-definition within the context of their own band’s creation.

“We wanted something catchy and simple,” says Jared, explaining the origins of the name *repeat repeat. “I had this idea of reading directions on the back of a shampoo bottle or something where you would see an asterisk, then at the bottom of the page would say *repeat, repeat.” “It’s important to make good music, but these days you have to grab people’s attention with strong visual elements as well.”

While the trio came together in Nashville, their sound would seem a perfect compromise; Jared calls it “a culmination of our personal tastes and influences.” Kristyn’s Southern California roots have left her influenced by “beachy, harmony-driven 60′s rock,” drummer Andy Herrin’s musical history leans a little heavier (having backed-up St. Louis modern rock acts Cavo and Revolution One), and Jared fits directly in between, having played with indie rock-leaning local acts Oh No No and Frances & the Foundation. Out of that collective background comes tracks like “Chemical Reaction,” balancing hard-driving rhythms with the group’s softer influences.

Perhaps the surf label is only used out of convenience, but local bloggers have taken notice, covering the “familiar”-sounding “surf-influenced pop music” of “Dick Dale’s snot-nosed grandkids.” “I think there is an element of surf-rock that isn’t directly related to the actual sport. Surf rock has a 60′s cool feel to it,” continues Jared. “For me it conjures up the mod-Warhol-esque period too.” Here the genre-stamp would seem to be less an indicator of sound though, and more a jumping-off point; a foundation; maybe even a state of mind.

Simply because the group is conscious of what goes into a band beyond the actual creation of songs doesn’t mean their music is as formulaic as “surf,” rinse, repeat, however. “The music came before the branding,” adds Kristyn. “That gave us a jumping-off point and a clear direction for where to take the music.” And in the end, it’s the music — and allowing their music to grow — that the group cares about most. As Jared explains, “We’re not a Beach Boys cover band or something like that, so obviously we’re not limiting ourselves to a surf sound. These songs have been a labor of love for the past two years, [but] we are already writing new material, and letting our sound evolve accordingly.”

*repeat repeat will be hosting a release party for Bad Latitude March 11 at Grimey’s, which will be followed by a dozen-date tour that will take them through SXSW before returning to Nashville for an April 12 Mercy Lounge performance.

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This extended discussion is supplemental to “A Surf State of Mind: An Interview with *repeat repeat,” and features our complete Q&A with Jared & Kristyn Corder, touching on their approach to branding, what it was like opening for Dick Dale, and their favorite tracks from the band’s forthcoming debut release, Bad Latitude.

Is there any significance to the stylization of the group’s name? What does “repeat repeat” mean to you?

Jared Corder: Well, we wanted something catchy and simple. We had thrown around a handful of different names but nothing stuck. I had this idea of reading directions on the back of a shampoo bottle or something where you would see an asterisk, then at the bottom of the page would say *repeat, repeat. And in the early inception of the name, we were going to include the asterisk and the comma in the name, but then we figured that might be too much punctuation for someone to follow.

I’m curious about the group’s decision to lean heavily on the surf tag. In speaking to No Country, the following description was put out there, “We are a surf-rock band, and try to create that vibe. We want to throwback to that surf sound from the Dick Dale era, but with a very distorted, rock feel.” “History,” “Chemical Reaction” and “12345678” definitely exist with surf elements, but what do you think makes the band specifically “surf”? What draws you to that style of rock?

Kristyn Corder: I was raised in Texas, but my family is from Southern California. I was raised on beachy, harmony-driven 60′s rock like the Byrds, the Turtles, [and] the Everly Brothers. My parents would teach me the harmonies in the songs, so I’ve always preferred that era of music over any other.

Jared Corder: Obviously we live nowhere near an ocean, but I think there is an element of surf-rock that isn’t directly related to the actual sport. Surf rock has a 60′s cool feel to it. For me it conjures up the mod-warhol-esque period too. I wasn’t raised on that music , but it was my musical mentor and our producer Gregory Lattimer that really started to get me into this simple, catchy, cool rock sound that was a throwback to that era, without being a direct copy of the 60′s sound.

Will those three aforementioned tracks be included on your new album? What is your favorite song from the forthcoming Bad Latitude?

Jared Corder: Yes, all three singles will be on the album. It is ten tracks total. My favorite song on the album is called “Love That Never Ages,” it’s a love song about the longevity of a good relationship. Growing old with your person. It’s basically two chords, and has this low-end rolling floor tom beat that drives the whole song.

Kristyn Corder: “Chemical Reaction” is my favorite. But I really love the chorus to the song “Melody” (laughs), it’s one of the first songs we wrote together and recorded as a band.

There’s a consciousness of branding that I feel comes with the “surf” description; do you feel that helps to separate your band from others in Nashville?

Kristyn Corder: The music came before the branding. We had written a few songs and made the choice based on how they were turning out to keep a surf vibe. That gave us a jumping-off point and a clear direction for where to take the music.

Jared Corder: It’s important to make good music, but these days you have to grab people’s attention with strong visual elements as well in the digital age. We’re not a Beach Boys cover band or something like that, so obviously we’re not limiting ourselves to a surf sound. That’s why our stuff has a retro vibe, but isn’t strictly people in board shorts and surfboards. We want people to hear a modern take on a vintage sound. We also are heavily influenced by the New York 60′s mod scene, and we try to incorporate that intrigue into our sound as well. Bringing the two coasts together has been an adventure.

On Facebook there was a note that Dick Dale (or his wife) reached out to you to open for the legend when he played Mercy Lounge last year. What was that show like and did you come away from the experience feeling inspired?

Kristyn Corder: We couldn’t think of a better first show in Nashville. We had been on the road a bit but hadn’t played our hometown at that point. Dick Dale and his wife Lana are awesome. This was the perfect show for us and we felt honored.

Jared Corder: It certainly was a testament to the power of good music. Here Dick was, in his 70s, and playing harder and louder than most bands in town. The guy rocked. He’s a living legend, and it was a moment in my musical career that I will never forget.

Jared’s played with Oh No No and Frances & the Foundation, and Andy’s played with St. Louis-based groups Cavo and Revolution One, but what is Kristyn’s musician background? Do you feel *repeat repeat is a culmination of your personal musical tastes or did one individual member guide the group’s musical direction?

Kristyn Corder: I have a performance background, but more on the acting side. Jared and I have been married for two years, and when he was starting the band he and Andy were auditioning female singers. I had been at the auditions and new all the girl parts just from hearing all the songs over and over again. Jared was demo-ing some songs with Gregory, and they called me in to just sing on the demos to have an idea of what the female voice would sound like on the recording. It was at that point that Gregory said “I think you’ve found your singer”…

Jared Corder: It is a culmination of our personal tastes and influences, but I write the skeleton of a song, then present it to the band. Typically from there it goes through a few rewrites with the band, then we demo it and send it to our producer. From there he’ll tweak some stuff and send it back with notes. When we make it into the studio, sometimes the song is fully produced and ready to just hit record, and sometimes we end of fully editing the song all together live in the studio. We try not to set one standard for the creative process, we just want good songs to happen and not feel formulaic.

What would you like listeners to take away from your album when they hear it?

Jared Corder: These songs have been a labor of love for the past two years. The songs will most likely convey a simple-love story in each hook. I wrote most of the songs while engaged and newly married to Kristyn, and I think the sound will reflect that. We are already writing new material, and letting our sound evolve accordingly as we mature as a band and experience all new emotions as time passes by. I think Bad Latitude is a perfect introduction to us as a band. - Fringe Festival


This past March, Nashville trio *repeat repeat set out on the band’s first tour together, covering 14 dates in a month, with 11 of those shows packed into 18 days across eight states; simply explaining the itinerary is a mouthful. Comprised of Jared Corder, Kristyn Corder, and Andy Herrin, the trio paired with el el for much of the tour, sharing in both the experience of playing shows together as well as the responsibility of executing on plan for the betterment of all. Plenty of bands tour — that alone isn’t especially remarkable — but what makes this tour worth discussing is that when *repeat repeat returned home to Nashville, they did so in the black.

What follows is a series of insights provided by Jared and Kristyn, who each offer guidance for those looking to hit the road, themselves. And if there’s one constant that runs throughout the planning for the tour and stories from the road, it’s to “be organized.” “Being an artist, you’re not expected to be organized,” says Jared. “But I think it sets you apart if you can be.” “These are tips if you’re trying to be a professional working band,” adds Kristyn.

1) Find Sponsorship
Last September the band teamed with el el and Ponychase for an event at The Basement, offering the first 75 people through the door a free sampler featuring new music from each of the night’s acts. Grolsch fronted the bill to have the CDs made up, and in return, received placement on the slipcases that enveloped the discs. “When you come up with something cool or creative for a sponsor,” says Kristyn, “you don’t feel bad being sponsored.”

The distance between CD printing and gas money is huge though, so when looking for actual financial backing, Jared says you must “take ambiguity out of it.” “Itemize what you’re willing to deliver for their partnership.” Here, it’s extra-critical to be organized. “A sponsor wants to see that you’re professional […] You want the sponsor to feel like it’s a no-brainer.” This means itemizing costs to show exactly why the band needs financial support, and explaining specifically how you’re providing value for the sponsor. In the case of those CDs, that meant tangible placement of an advertisement in the hands of 75 fans. If you’re already creating event posters or promoting via social media, you’re already creating avenues for sponsorship exposure. “There’s a way to do it tastefully,” says Kristyn.

It’s a bold statement, but as Jared says, “assume you’re not going to make money on the road.” Using that as your starting point, don’t be afraid to reach out to businesses in your own community that might be able to support you beyond simply handing over cash. “Look to a printshop for posters or t-shirt support,” says Jared. “Maybe they’re providing $200 worth of posters that you don’t have to pay for.” Whatever you do, try to put yourself in a position to succeed. “Months before the trip started everything was taken care of,” continues Jared. “So at this point, if we made no money from any of the shows, everyone was taking a 15 day vacation.”

2) Watch What You Spend
Every dollar that goes out is one more dollar you need to earn just to break even. That’s as true on the road as it is in life, and continuing the theme here, financial responsibility comes back around to being organized. As Jared explains, the tour hit locations that allowed the bands to crash with friends and family, “I think even before we had venues booked, we had places to stay.” But even then, it’s hard to avoid hotels, especially when you’re looking for a good night of sleep (or at least a night of sleep on an actual bed). That’s where websites like Airbnb or Couchsurfing can be handy. Or, if you’ve got a large enough vehicle to accommodate sleeping, you can plan ahead to crash for the night on a campground or RV park. At the very least, you can drive 15 minutes outside of a town to find less expensive hotel rates. Where there’s a need to spend, there’s usually an alternative that helps you save a little along the way.

This goes for food and drink while on the road, too. “If you do stay in a hotel,” adds Jared, “take advantage of it. There’s a coffee maker in every hotel room.” Before leaving home the band stocked up with bulk snacks that were both relatively healthy and inexpensive, especially when compared to gas station alternatives. They also made food that they could eat after their shows, and purchased water bottles that had built-in filters, so they could refill wherever they were for free. They thought ahead, assessed their needs, and planned accordingly.

3) Book and Promote with Purpose
There is a basic consideration to remain mindful of when booking dates: As Jared says, you’ll want “a good draw at least every two days, where you’ve got a base, or friends, or press.” He continues, “You don’t want to be top or bottom heavy,” where either the start of the tour is great and the back-half is poorly attended, or vice-versa. This is meant to not only help reduce the chances of burnout, but to also keep some semblance of momentum in check.

For their tour, *repeat repeat had guidance from a booking agent friend, but they also relied on Indie on the Move to help them connect with suitable venues in unfamiliar cities. From there, they looked to friends, Craigslist, and Google to find local bands who might be interested in sharing the bill. Once they were booked (which Jared and Kristyn recommend having locked down at least a month in advance), that’s when they started promoting.

For the tour Jared took the lead on promotion**, which he breaks down into four key segments: Print, Radio, Video, and Digital. For each city they were playing in, he reached out looking for advance coverage from local magazines, alt-weeklies, newspapers, college and larger radio stations, and local morning news programs. Beyond free promotion, however, both Jared and Kristyn espouse the need for social advertising. Through Facebook and Twitter, you can break down the demographics of your target audience so precisely that you’re only hitting people who are likely to care about your music. Because of this, they budgeted enough to promote a little on their own online in every city on the tour.

4) Make Health a Priority
It’s difficult to set yourself up for physical well-being while crammed into van with all your gear, but there are a few things that can be done along the way to help reduce the blow your body takes. That filtered water bottle from before, for example? “When you have the water bottle you end up drinking more water,” says Kristyn. Beyond saving money, being prepared with your own food also helps keep you away from seductive gas station indulgences. “Of course I’m gonna get breakfast tacos,” says Jared of the band’s date in his hometown of Phoenix. But indulgences aren’t the rule, they’re the exception: Eat as clean as you can and try to stay away from drinking too much after shows, if only to make your life easier the day after. There’s a roll-over effect, adds Kristyn, where impact of a few too many drinks or bad meals, a couple nights in a row, can really wear you down.

Health has as much to do with emotional as it does physical, and much of the emotional health of the group was aided by — again — being organized. The band made an agreement, says Jared, to split up what they earned after they returned home, drawing expenses from a collective pot along the way to avoid constantly asking everyone to kick-in financially. “One of the easiest way to burn out band members is to nickel and dime everything.” Taking a load off the mind comes in many forms on the road though. Jared and Kristyn picked up extra work before the tour, for example, to make sure they weren’t going to be tight for money when they returned home. They also packed emergency gear including a gas can, a spare tire, jumper cables, a funnel, and basic tools just in case they found themselves in a bind. Every morning Jared gave their van a complete once over to prepare for the day, “getting gas went from taking 15 to 20 minutes to taking 30 to 40 minutes because I would check everything every day.” If you can afford a tune-up for your vehicle in advance of the tour, they recommend that in addition to emergency roadside assistance. “Even if you get it for two months and cancel it,” says Kristyn, “get it!”

One of the most important pieces of advice came prior to the tour’s kick-off from el el’s Ben Elkins, says Kristyn. “Think about what you can do to make someone else’s experience, day, or situation better. Think about what you can do for others while we’re on this tour. It’s not all about you.” On some level you have to roll with the punches, says Jared. Everyone’s going to be tired and cranky and uncomfortable, but you have to “expect that and be mindful of it.”

5) Plan for What Comes Next
If you’re lucky enough to have the opportunity to go on tour, hopefully you’re organized enough to make it home in one piece. “Touring’s not the end-all,” says Kristyn. For the band, the return to reality meant not only going back to their day jobs, but finishing out their tour plans and looking ahead to what’s next for the band. They sent out follow-up emails to venues and sponsors, with links and screen shots documenting their promotional work, demonstrating the group’s hustle along the way to make sure that if there’s a next time, they’ll have working relationships in place to get them back out on the road.

The band is already looking ahead to their next album, which will likely be followed by another tour. They’ll play one-off dates along the way, and will keep finding ways to reach out to their fans to maintain interest. For Record Store Day, as an example, that meant unveiling a cover of “Carrie Anne” by the Hollies, in addition to releasing a previously unreleased track. “You can always do more,” says Jared, “[but] there’s no harm in stepping back for a second.”

Reflecting a little, one of the key changes Jared and Kristyn say they’ll make for their next tour is cutting down drive-time in between shows. They agree that eight hours or less in between destinations would be optimal. Their tour saw a few spurts which exceeded that, cutting into time to decompress off the road and unwind a little along the way. While they were prepared with plenty of copies of their new album, Bad Latitude, they also learned to take as much merch with them as they can fit in their van next time they tour. “If you’re in the city, that’s when they want to buy it,” says Kristyn. Learn from the missed opportunities, says Jared, “but don’t forget to know when you’ve done something great.” “Know what you want,” he continues, which is every bit as important as “being organized” in terms of touring rules. Because without that, you won’t know when you’ve succeeded.

Publishing Note: Nashville Fringe Festival was one of the sponsors of the Singles in September event at The Basement, and also of the spring tour. - Fringe Festival


"Opening up for a legendary musician is no easy task; it creates an onus of displaying inordinate potential within a thirty minute set. Repeat Repeat, a band whose surf-rock sound manifests through a drum, a guitar, and two harmonious voices, somehow manages to harness a confidence in their act from the moment they take stage. They’re opening for Dick Dale, the man who is dubbed “king of surf-rock,” who is infamous for his composition of the Pulp Fiction song, and lesser known to have inspired some of the most adept, versatile guitarists of all time. When Repeat Repeat takes stage, a kicking drum line drops judgment and expectation from the audience; they’re meant to be here, playing this show, and all the Hawaiian t-shirts and post-forty Dale aficionados smile in reverence to young talent."

The most impressive part of Repeat Repeat’s set is their ability to craft meticulous, multi-dimensional sounds out of such limited instrumental means. Jared Corder articulates each note on his guitar with a staccato precision, while simulating the sound of the crest-heavy surf waves between chords. The sound is familiar, but draws on influences outside the genre of pure “surf”‘ rock, adding a grungy, basement vibe that appeals to the younger members of the audience. By the last song, one “about being in love and not having the money to give (her) what she deserves,” I am fully convinced. That the confidence with which the band takes stage is well-founded; they succeed in demonstrating the inordinate amount of talent and potential necessary to pull this kind of gig off.

After the band finishes their set, I turn around for my intermission cigarette, and overhear a conversation between two middle-aged men with Dick Dale t-shirts and posters yet to be signed. “That was amazing,” one notes, and I feel a strange happiness creep upon me; it is the kind of feeling you get when a generational gap is bridged by music that is solid and pure, catchy without faltering from a band’s unique charisma.

You can catch Repeat Repeat at this season’s East Nashville Underground, May 10-11, 2013. - Lockeland Springsteen


"fans of yeah yeah yeahs, the raveonettes, or b-52's are catching on to *repeat repeat." - audiosocket - Audiosocket


"So most of you in the Nashville area know Jared and Kristyn via East Nashville Underground. But did you know they have a killer surf rock band called *repeat repeat?? Well, now you do.

I am only basing this review off of their only released track, their single, titled “12345678” but I can tell you that they are on to something huge here with this throwback sound. The Ettes come to mind for the “Mom” of this band, but I went for the surf rock instrumental band The Volcanos as the band’s “Dad”, because of their old yet modern sound that sticks to the genre’s prerequisite requirements. Along side of the great instrumentation, Jared and Kristyn’s vocals compliment each other very well in an indie rock sort of way and that really sets them apart from other surf rock bands that have traveled the same path. I look forward to hearing their first full length release." - The Venn Review


*repeat repeat Record Release feat. Blank Range, Churchyard & ElEl

This time last year, we were referring to these local groups as “newcomers” and “fresh faces,” but now it seems like we’re bumping into them every time we turn around. That’s perfectly OK, though, as they leave us with a big ol’ grin every time that happens. Surfy, poppy post-punks Repeat Repeat released their debut full-length Bad Latitude in March, but they’ve been too busy touring the Southwest to have a proper hometown release party. They rectify that tonight with help from their friends, starting with lady rockers Churchyard, who enhance the grungy bounce of ’90s alterna-pop with interlocking guitar parts and unusual vocal harmonies. Next up, Bonnaroo-bound big band El El makes a seamless, infectiously danceable blend of Afrobeat and electro-pop. Rounding out the bill is Blank Range, who flavor their scrappy rock concoction with alt-country and a tastefully applied avant-garde sensibility, and who are also headed for the big field in Manchester this June.
— Stephen Trageser - Nashville Scene


"We absolutely love this band! They are far and away one of the finest pop and rock bands currently in Nashville. So many bands think that they must be either cool or fun, and never the two shall meet… *Repeat Repeat says fuck that, mashes them together, and throws 60’s tie-die vibes all over it. And glitter. To paraphrase Jason Lee’s character in the eternally great Almost Famous, if you’re not getting off, *Repeat Repeat will find you and get you off! If you don’t know them yet, you’re about to." - DCXV Shop Sessions // I Believe In Nashville


"finally, a bit of landlocked surf pop coming our way courtesy of We Own This Town. Repeat Repeat's tune "12345678" is retro, it's poppy, it's got reverb, it counts and names colors. It's like Dick Dale's snot-nosed grandkids." - D. Patrick Rodgers - Nashville Scene


"It seems to me that there are a few types of musical couples in the world. First, there are the gag-me-with-a-spoon, “why did you have to go and break up the Beatles,” John-and-Yoko type couples. Second, there are the incredibly badass, Jay-Z and Beyonce type, that you just know are poised to launch their plans for world domination at any moment. Finally, there are the type of couples who genuinely form a stellar union in both their musical and personal lives, and end up gifting the world with some awesome tuneage — Georgia Hubley and Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo, Carly Simon and James Taylor, Matt and Kim, June Carter and Johnny Cash, and, yes, even Sonny and Cher. Nashville’s own Jared and Kristyn Corder of *repeat repeat definitely fall into this last category… though they are pretty badass, too.


To be fair, Kristyn was a late addition to the band — Jared and drummer Andy Herrin spent about a year working up some songs and demos before their producer Greg Lattimer suggested that Kristyn fill the female singer void. Watching the band perform though, you have to believe that the lineup was always meant to be. Yes, nearly all of the songs are clever love similes (you’ll hear them compare their love to a chemical reaction and a melody, among other things), but the chemistry among all three is tangible and allows the experience to transcend the banality of hearing yet another love song. Jared Corder classifies the band’s music as “surf-rock and shit” (at our two-year anniversary party), or, more descriptively, as “Dreamsurf Candyland Surf-Pop” (from the band’s website), but I’m fine with just calling it straight-up surf-pop. All of the songs are supremely catchy, soda-sweet, rock-solid pop, and the washy surf guitars and thump-y kicks only serve to up the ante even higher. If the bunch of songs from Friday night were any indication of what we can expect from their upcoming album (which, by the way, they just finished recording the day of the show), let me be the first to say that I’ll be phoning in some Lightning 100 lunch-hour requests to make sure this that thing gets some airtime.

My favorite of the bunch was “Chemical Reaction,” the second-to-last song of the night, which sounded more like a fusion between Cake and INXS than surf-rock. The song also features an awesome spoken word-ish bridge to the chorus. I found this video which features Jared singing the aforementioned bridge, though I actually preferred the Friday night version that featured Kristyn doing it. She totally nailed it. Other highlights included “12345678,” the obvious choice for a single, and the band’s cover of “Carrie Anne” by 1960s Britpop group The Hollies. “We don’t do a lot of covers,” said Jared, “but this song fucking rocks.” I couldn’t help but think that this cover choice tipped the band’s hand as to the secret in their formula for success, which is: take songs that are essentially glammy, bouncy, bubblegum-pop, strip them down to their basic elements, and surf-rock them raw.

The band’s next scheduled performance is at The Honest Pint in Chattanooga, so if you’re willing to make the drive to see a cool band at a very cool venue then grab a few friends and make it happen. Also, if you’re going to be heading to Lolla, make sure to catch them at a Lollapalooza pre-party (not sure which one yet – here’s hoping they announce it soon). If you can’t make either, well, let’s just hope “12345678″ can continue to tide you over until the record drops." - No Country For New Nashville


Opening for a band like Man or Astroman? is a tall task for anyone but Nashville's own Repeat Repeat was up for it. The three piece surf-pop outfit played a short but energetic set of songs from their forthcoming debut album. The band's sound is anchored by the 60's throwback vocal harmonies of Jared and Kristyn Corder with drummer Andy Herrin providing the driving beat to bring it all together. If tonight is any indicator, Repeat Repeat is a band to watch on the local scene. - Examiner


Our fearless festival founders, Jared and Kristyn Corder (along with drummer Andy Herrin), recently started a new surf rock project called *repeat repeat. The trio played their first ever show a few weeks ago, opening for the legendary Dick Dale (how cool is that?) so their ENU set marked only their second proper Nashville performance. If we didn’t already know that fact, we never would have guessed, because they totally tore the roof off. With surf and punk influences, an immense amount of raw energy, and a poised confidence, *repeat repeat brought fantastic harmonies, infectious riffs, and way more noise than just three people should be able to make. Keep an eye on this band! - No Country For New Nashville


"Kristyn and Jared Corder are on the fast track to becoming one of Nashville's busiest and most adorable couples. Though the East Nashville Underground festival wheels are always in motion, the Corders have found time between seasons to make music of their own. Debuting as *repeat repeat, Kristyn, Jared, and drummer Andy Herrin have joined forces with Gregory Lattimer of Now Records and released their first single, "12345678." Click the arrow below to ignore Nashville's attempt at a torrential downpour and catch some perfectly-timed sonic sunshine and surf-rock throwback vibes." - The Deli Magazine


"In the left: Nashville surf-rockers Repeat Repeat. I've never heard of these guys before, and information seems to be scarce on the interwebs. I have to second the bloggers at We Own this Town, though, who decide: "Super catchy surf-influenced pop music? I'm in." Repeat Repeat's tags on their bandcamp page include "dream pop" and "Beach House" in addition to "surf rock," but I hear a lot more garage rock than dream pop in this single. To my mind, "12345678" sounds a lot like a Best Coast song with less reverb and more dirty speakers, and I think that they have much more in common with Nashville's The Ettes than they do with Beach House. The video for "12345678" is a fast paced montage of random scenes interspersed with surfing clips that makes heavy use of what I like to call the "California lens" - the one that that makes everything look like it was filmed at sundown. Both the song and the video are raucous, fun, and catchy in way that could make them at home in a Tarantino movie."

The Verdict

You might have guessed, but I'm going to go for Repeat Repeat. They just seem much more exciting than the competition. I guess the left corner isn't ready to give up it's perfect run just yet. - Nashville Noobsauce


"Super catchy surf-influenced pop music? I'm in." - We Own This Town


"Found my new jam, courtesy of *repeat repeat."
(12345678) - We Own This Town


"Remember Repeat Repeat’s first track “12345678" with it’s highly infectious melody infused with surf rock sounds? Yea, well, they did it again with "History." Mic, dropped." - We Own This Town


*repeat repeat brand themselves as surf-pop, but the scope of their sound extends far beyond the nonexistent beaches of Tennessee. There’s a little bit of Yeah Yeah Yeahs in the opening riff of “History,” and the guitar keeps up its formidable noise throughout the track. Hopefully this song makes those Wednesday TPS reports a little more epic. -Terra James-Jura -


"Feels Like: Dick Dale, Pete and the Pirates, Albert Hammond Jr., Cold War Kids

Taking their cues from the lush musical landscape of '60s-era California, *repeat repeat's music is full of harmony, big drums, and scuzzed-out surf rock guitar. *repeat repeat will be playing the Lou Reed tribute show tonight at the Stone Fox with The Weeks and Escondido." - Eskimo Bretheren


When we recently brought you *repeat repeat‘s latest single, “Chemical Reaction,” we informed you that news about their debut full-length, as well as a tour announcement, would be right around the corner! Well, the news has arrived and there’s a lot of it, so get excited!

First off, *repeat repeat’s album will be called Bad Latitude, and will be released March 11. You can pre-order the record in physical form here and digitally here. Below, check out the cover art and tracklisting.

And, if as if album news wasn’t enough, the surf rockers have announced a spring U.S. tour, presented by Nashville Fringe Festival and also featuring local faves El El. The tour (dates below) finishes up at Mercy Lounge on April 12, for a show that also includes Blank Range and Churchyard, but, if you’re jonesing for your *repeat repeat fix sooner, you have a couple more opportunities:

-*repeat repeat will perform with The Features, Photo Ops, and Babe City at The East Room.
- the group will compete in the second round of Road to Bonnaroo at Mercy Lounge / The High Watt.
- *repeat repeat will play an intimate set at Grimey’s in honor of Bad Latitude‘s release. - No Country For New Nashville


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve surely heard by now that every Tuesday night, we’ve been hosting a free showcase at new downtown restaurant and performance space, Acme Feed & Seed, featuring some of our favorite local artists. For our latest installment, we we brought indie rock to Lower Broadway, with surf rock faves and friends of the site, *repeat repeat. We told you when we announced the show that it was going to be one not to miss, and we weren’t lying. Keeping reading to find all about it, and to peep some fantastic photos.

In weeks prior, our Tuesday night showcase has included eclectic horn rockers Kansas Bible Company, retro/west coast soul rock transplants Diamond Carter, a double bill of alt rockers Bear in the Campsite and folky singer-songwriter Jordan Hull, and, last week, an appropriately folk-leaning performance from Don Gallardo and his fantastic band. This week, however, we took the biggest leap from the traditional downtown sound, pairing two acts with virtually no ties to country or folk, who, otherwise, you might never expect to see on Lower Broadway. Though distinctly unique in their own flavors of rock, Pang and *repeat repeat were more alike than any of the other acts we’ve brought to Acme so far, and, just as we hoped and expected, they were warmly received.

While I’ve seen *repeat repeat plenty over the past couple of years, it dawned on me, as they took the Acme stage, that I’ve really been lacking in getting my surf rock fix so far in 2014. I believe that my last time catching the trio was around Christmas, and, while their sunny, upbeat sound is incredible all year round, it really shines in the summer. So, fittingly, my first *repeat repeat show of the year occurred smack dab in the middle of the hottest week of the year.

*repeat repeat are dependably pleasant, and, with each passing show, their performance chops only get tighter and more self-assured. Their musical ambitions have also evolved since the early days, making it hard to tag them simply “surf rock.” Their sound might be sunny, but their themes range more broadly, juxtaposing lyrics of love and longing with hypnotically catchy riffs. Their Acme performance was hypnotic in the literal sense as well, employing the use of a video screen to project song-enhancing visuals, including a moving hypnotic swirl. The chemistry of husband and wife duo Jared and Kristyn Corder is undeniable, their vocals trades and harmonies seemly blending together like two parts of the same person, all held together by the tight, high-energy grooves of drummer Andy Herrin. Proving themselves one of Nashville’s best rock bands yet gain, *repeat repeat captivated the crowd at Acme, cementing our belief rock and roll has an important place in Nashville’s present, even amidst a sea of establishments stuck on perpetuating Nashville’s past. The trio’s set included selections from their endlessly catchy full-length debut, Bad Latitude, as well a few tunes I didn’t recognize, presumably set to appear on a future release. *repeat repeat are one of my favorite bands in Nashville, and I couldn’t have been more excited to be involved in showcasing them to a new audience, at what was, undoubtedly, our most rocked-out Acme showcase yet. - No Country For New Nashville


"Knoxville, TN based music festival Rhythm N Blooms is certainly making a splash in the regional festival arena this spring. They’ve already announced The Decemberists, Delta Spirit, and The Dirty Guv’nahs as headliners, but today they’ve announced a significant pull from the Nashville talent pool to fill in the undercard for this event. Local badasses and blog favorites Apache Relay, Humming House, Alanna Royale, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, *repeat repeat, and Guthrie Brown & The Family Tree will all be making the short 3-ish hour journey down I-40 to satiate the surely college filled fan base." - No Country For New Nashville


Local candy rockers *repeat repeat recently surprised the internet by dropping a new track, “Mostly” from their anticipated sophomore album, Floral Canyon. The new track is sonically darker and trends more toward alternative, but the lyrics and vocals are the same *repeat repeat that we came to love on last year’s debut, Bad Latitude.

No word yet on a release date for the new record, but you’ll have the chance to catch them at this year’s Nashville Pride Festival on June 26th in Public Square Park. Tickets for that event start at $25 and range up to $160 for full weekend VIP. If that’s a little outside of your price range, then you can also catch them for FREE with Turbo Fruits at Marathon Music Works on Monday, June 8th! Yep, that’s happening! - No Country For New Nashville


Along with timekeeper Andy Herrin, Jared and Kristyn Corder make slick, surf-tinged pop — most of the time. This stormy new single is the first taste of their next full-length, Floral Canyon, which is due in spring 2016. It's darker and heavier than usual for them, but they handle it well. For those not familiar, their Record Store Day single, a cover of The Turtles' "Elenore," is a little closer to home. - Nashville Cream


As part of the 36/86 (previously Southland) event, Lightning 100 and the conference celebrating the Southeast’s southern culture, technology and entrepreneurship are bringing some free jams for all to enjoy. Blog favorites Turbo Fruits and *repeat repeat are playing Marathon Music Works tonight at 8pm, and, if this event is anything like last year, then you should expect an evening filled with tech and other cool visuals as garnishment for your music. If you want to find out more about the 36 / 86 event (36 and 86 are the latitude and longitude of Nashville, in case you were wondering), head to their website. If you want to find out more about the bands, head below.

*repeat repeat

Nashville’s *repeat repeat have been friends with No Country since before they were a band, but that doesn’t effect our feelings about their music in the slightest. Their brand of upbeat poppy, sometimes sunkissed surf style, rock stands out in Music City, but it’s not for genre alone. It’s about strong writing, and upbeat arrangements that are almost impossible not to at least tap a toe to. As a follow up to their 2014 release, Bad Latitude, they just recently released a new single “Mostly”, which likely means that we’ll have new music on the horizon soon. - No Country For New Nashville


Discography

bad latitude

(full-length album, released March 2014, produced by Gregory Lattimer)

1. not the one
2. stop the world
3. melody
4. love that never ages
5. the first night
6. 12345678
7. chemical reaction
8. kiss me
9. ms. melissa
10. history

carrie anne

(exclusive Record Store Day 2-track release, April 2014; produced by Gregory Lattimer)

1. carrie anne  (cover song, originally by The Hollies)
2. dumb, plain, and simple

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Bio

surf rockcandy.

*repeat repeat (east nashville, tn)

making whimsical surf-pop may seem like a daunting task when you live states away from the nearest beach, but guitarist and vocalist jared corder was determined to make the music reminiscent of his california birthplace. the band was always intended to be a 3-piece: jared on guitar and vocals, andy herrin on drums, with female harmony vocals reminiscent of 1960s west coast beach pop.

while working on new sounds, it was suggested by producer, gregory lattimer [albert hammond jr, kink ador, the gills, the grayces] that corder’s wife, kristyn, sing in the band.

the trio once described by the nashville scene as (“dick dale’s snot-nosed grandkids”) tracked a single and two additional tracks with lattimer in a basement of their hometown of east nashville in late 2012. the band's first single “12345678” was released in march 2013.

"history", was released in september 2013, and "chemical reaction" was released feb 1, 2014, and preceded the band's first full-length album, “bad latitude”, released in march 2014. another song from the album, “not the one” went into heavy rotation on nashville’s beloved lightning 100 (100.1FM).

*repeat repeat’s debut album “bad latitude” is available on on all major digital retailers (itunes, bandcamp, and repeatx2.storenvy.com/

the band’s anticipated sophomore album, “floral canyon” is slated for release in 2015 / 2016.


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"fans of yeah yeah yeahs, the ravonettes, or b-52's are catching on to *repeat repeat." - audiosocket

"...far and away one of the finest pop and rock bands currently in nashville. so many bands think that they must be either cool or fun, and never the two shall meet… *repeat repeat says fuck that, mashes them together, and throws 60’s tie-die vibes all over it. and glitter. to paraphrase jason lee’s character in the eternally great movie almost famous, if you’re not getting off, *repeat repeat will find you and get you off!..." - shop sessions @ dcxv industries

Band Members