Reptar is a four-piece, sometimes six-piece, band from Athens, Georgia that likes to dance. And when they say they like to dance, they mean it. In the middle of the second opening act Quiet Hooves’s set, Reptar’s synth mastermind William and Graham, “the silly one” who does vocals, were both front and center in the crowd. A friend came up and shouted, “This band is great!” and William responded with, “I know!” During the last song, Quiet Hooves pointed to the two and gestured them up the stage. They finished the song in a flurry of jumping and dancing.
Reptar has become a live favorite having gained a lot of loyal and party-loving fans in the past few years after successful stints in SXSW and Lollapalooza and touring with Cults and Foster the People. While listening to the record is enjoyable with all their experimental slash indie dance pop slash fun rock music, there’s nothing like seeing them live with such energy within the band that’s so contagious and thrilling. At some point, I found myself debating on who was the better dancer, and, personally, I thought guitarist Jace took the cake.
The band consists of William Kennedy, Graham Ulicny, Ryan Engelberger and Andrew McFarland. They are sometimes joined by Jace Bartet and Reid Weigner on tour. They first got together in 2008, naming the band after Reptar from Rugrats and William’s famous green bicycle (now deceased). Their debut album Body Faucet, produced by Ben Allen (Gnarls Barkley and Animal Collective), comes out on May 1st.