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What I Learned at Bandcamp: *repeat repeat

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Nashville‘s *repeat repeat has roots tying it to Arizona. The three-member surf pop band features ASU graduate and Free Sushi Records founder Jared Corder on guitar and vocals, as well as Andy Herrin on drums and Kristyn Corder on vocals and auxiliary.

The group released its debut album, Bad Latitude, on March 11 and will play at Last Exit Live on March 16 with EL EL.

Below, read The Spec‘s interview with Jared Corder…

How long have you been making music?
As a band, we released our first single last April. Andy and I have been playing music in different bands for years. He was in a band called One Lone Car, and I was in a folk-duo back in AZ called Greenwich. Andy and I started the band and we were looking for a female singer to fill out the lineup. I had my wife Kristyn sing on some of the demos while we were auditioning our third member. Our good friend and producer Gregory Lattimer heard the demos and suggested we make her the third member of the band. We were a little surprised at first, but it was an great decision.

How long ago did you move out of Arizona?
Andy lived in Tempe up until 2008, and I lived in Phoenix my whole life and moved to Nashville after I graduated from ASU in ’09. While in college, I helped start Free Sushi Records and worked with a handful of local bands to put on some shows around town.

Who/what are your influences?
When we started the band and working on our debut album, we really were digging into The Raveonettes, Cults, Best Coast, The Young Veins, Dick Dale, The B-52’s, Mother Mother, and it’s helped us blend an element of surf into a danceable pop feel. We were once described as “Dick Dale’s Snot-Nosed Grandkids” and I think that’s a perfect description. Kristyn was raised on 60’s surf pop songs by The Everly Brothers, The Beach Boys and others, while Andy and I had a more alternative rock upbringing. I think the three of us are able to blend those influences together in a unique way. Most recently we’ve been loving Real Estate, Beach Fossils and BRONCHO.

What is your favorite song on the new album and why?
Jared:Love That Never Ages“…I love the beat Andy plays in it, and it’s a good mix of sweet-love-song and straight-ahead-rock.
Kristyn: “12345678,” it was the first song we wrote as *repeat repeat. It’s what initially got our friends and family into the band. The energy of that song live is great, too.
Andy:Chemical Reaction,” from the second we cut the song I knew it was gonna be something special.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
We have a special release for Record Store Day (April 19), and then after that we’ll be releasing the debut album on vinyl this summer. We’re already in talks to start recording a second album in the fall, but before that we want to go on tour with some other bands this summer.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
Kristyn is a graphic designer by day, and is really passionate about that. She’s seen a lot of success in that and I think it’s something she’ll be doing the rest of her life. I can’t imagine Andy being anything other than a successful drummer, because he’s the best drummer I’ve ever worked with, and he’s also just an awesome dude. I love working with bands and watching friends of ours succeed in music, so if I wasn’t playing as a musician I would probably want to be in artist relations.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
We really love The Raveonettes and Cults, both have a darker sound and keep things a bit more mysterious. Every thing they put out is cool and unique. Surf music wouldn’t be what it is today without Dick Dale of course, and we actually got to open for him in Nashville. It was incredible to watch someone who basically started the genre of surf rock and perform for him and his fans.

Why do you make music?
We have to do what we’re passionate about. We love making new fans and playing with great bands, but if you’re not passionate about the art you’re making then it’s all for nothing. We make music because it’s what motivates us and is our ultimate passion. The three of us are a family and have grown close, and that translates live and in our recordings.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
We are doing a free stripped down set at ZIA Records in Chandler on March 16 at 4 P.M. before our show that night. Also performing with us at Last Exit that night is our good friends EL EL, a seven-piece indie dance rock band who are playing the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Fest this year.

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