In an interview at the beginning of the year Ryan Engleberger, bassist for Reptar, said of his band, "Our main goal is to try to keep people dancing, but our next biggest goal is to try and keep people wondering what they are going to be dancing to next." When I caught Reptar at the Bowery Ballroom last Saturday, they absolutely accomplished both of those goals. For their entire late night set, the audience was dancing their minds out to blends of African rhythm, 80s electronic, Disco, and New Wave. Not bad, especially considering that was just in the first song.
The young band, whose first LP Body Faucet drops May 1, was at 100% the whole night. The constantly shifting group seemed ecstatic to play on such a prestigious stage, and they had no intent of hiding it. Set finale, and one of the crowd's favorites, "Stuck In My ID" was a great way of ending the night. The song perfectly combined everything that makes the band's party-starting music great. The track is a perfect blend of lead singer Graham Ulicny's raspy yells, Engleberger's slick bass harmonies, Andrew McFarland's maturely distinct drumming style and William Kennedy's vintage electronic noise.
It's definitely worth checking this young band out on tour. Reptar's musical talent has huge potential, and it seems like they have nowhere to go but up from here.