Between taking the name of a cartoon dinosaur from Rugrats and singer Graham Ulicny looking like he could be blown over by a stiff breeze, Athens, Ga.'s Reptar gives an underwhelming first impression.
And that makes it all the more enjoyable when the band cuts into a track. Instead of anemic whinefests, it dishes dance-sized blasts of bouncy synth-pop fronted by the thundering boom of Ulicny's inexplicably large vocals. The sound has strong elements of indie, disco and '80s pop and is furiously danceable.
With several national tours and the release of its debut LP, Body Faucet, on Vagrant Records, the band's star has been on the rise over the last year. NME wrote that it was one of the biggest buzz acts at last year's SXSW. Reptar stopped by Boise for a lonely Monday night show at Reef during that tour, but it has gained momentum since then and its performance at Neurolux Monday, Sept. 17, is sure to pack a bigger wallop.[ Video is no longer available. ]