Music Spotlight: *repeat repeat
Indie-rock duo *repeat repeat dropped their sophomore album Glazed on May 31, and we can’t get enough of the 11-track record. Husband/wife pair Jared + Kristyn Corder layer love-centric lyrics over their garage-rock sound, and we’re completely enthralled by their laid back melodies, grungy vocals + touch of nostalgic angst. The duo worked closely with producer Patrick Carney on Glazed + will be hitting the road on tour this month, joining The Black Keys + Modest Mouse on select dates this September. We caught up with Jared all about the album.
Asymmetric Magazine: Congrats on your recent release! Can you tell us about the album Glazed and what it means to you?
Jared Corder: Thank you. Glazed takes on a handful of different meanings to us. Initially, it was a card I bought Kristyn once. It said ‘You’re a rainbow sprinkle in a sea of glazed’ and had doughnuts on the front. I loved that sentiment. In that sense, Glazed stands for being unique, being different and showing your true colors when no one else is. Also, the album and the title are about feeling like the world glazes over at any given chance and having to fight the norms and see the world through a different set of colors.
AM: What song on the album do you connect with most?
JC: Head On is the song we connect most with. It started as a song I wanted to write to tell other people to feel empowered, and throughout the process of putting out this album, I ended up needing to hear the lyrics more than anyone else. It ended up being an exercise in self-motivation.
AM: We love your artwork for your singles and the album!! How do you think it complements your sound?
JC: We wanted simple ideas and themes and then to cover them in literal glaze. The glaze is this sticky sugary shit that you can’t get out of your clothes and skin. It sticks with you, and we felt like it expressed what we were trying to make: music that is simple and straightforward but covered—sometimes smothered—in something sweet.
AM: How does it compare to your previous album Floral Canyon?
JC: We’ve grown up a bit since Floral Canyon. We tried less to write on more topical themes and focus more on love and what makes the world go ‘round. We bought our first home, we played Bonnaroo, we’ve had lineup changes and spent 250 hours in Patrick [Carney]’s studio. Kristyn, Patrick and I wrote the songs together, and Kristyn helped write lyrics and guitar parts. It was the first time I had ever really cowritten with anyone. It made the album better. It’s all reflected in the music.
AM: Are there any consistent themes you typically pursue through your music?
JC: Usually love. The Beatles sang almost exclusively about love—and sometimes drugs—and it worked out well for them. It’s the one consistent and unending thing in my life.
AM: For first time listeners, how do you like to describe your sound?
JC: There was a time when we tried to have a unique genre-theme and tried to stand out. Lately, I’ve been telling people we play rock and roll. I feel like that term is used less and less. So many rock bands on the radio play rock. They forget the roll. We play rock and roll.
AM: You embark on a couple of tour dates with The Black Keys in September. What are you most looking forward to with these shows?
JC: So many people in The Black Keys camp have become like family to us. Our engineer, Marc Whitmore, is also Patrick’s drum tech and will be touring with us. The girls that sing with the Keys are really good friends. It’s going to be like a family vacation for the entirety of the tour.
AM: What can someone seeing you live for the first time expect from your live show?
JC: Every show is different. We try to engage the audience and let things happen naturally. It makes for a unique experience each time. High energy, positive vibes, authenticity, and a bond between the people in the crowd and the people on stage.
AM: Is there a place that you feel completely in touch with your creative self and your music?
JC: I never feel completely in touch with my creative self. To me, being an artist means constantly questioning myself.
To me, being an artist means constantly questioning myself.
AM: What other musicians are you currently listening to?
JC: BRONCHO, Alvvays, PUP, Sad Baxter, Viagra Boys, Billie Eilish, LABRYS
AM: What can we expect to hear from you next?
JC: Some video stuff. Lots and lots of touring. Some more surprises.
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