Best of What's Next: Reptar
Photo by Davey Wilson
HOMETOWN: Athens, Ga.
BAND MEMBERS: Graham Ulicny (lead vocals, guitar, samples, keyboards, drums), Ryan Engelberger (bass, keyboards, vocals), William Kennedy (keyboards, drums), Andrew McFarland (drums, vocals)
FOR FANS OF: Talking Heads, Animal Collective, Vampire Weekend
These Southern-fried electronic Afro-poppers are known for the sticky dance riots of their live shows. And now, thanks to producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective), who stumbled upon a Reptar show in Atlanta and booked studio time with the band the very next day, they’ve got an upcoming EP that whirs and palpitates like their signature sweat-on-the-walls gigs.
WHAT’S NEXT: After releasing the EP this fall, the quartet will take some time off from college to record, tour and, in the words of frontman Graham Ulicny, “keep throwing this party for the rest of our lives.”