Live Concert Review: Reptar Gets Nasty


“Now everyone hold hands and repeat after me,” commanded Reptar’s singer-guitarist Graham Ulicny.  “I.  Want.  To.  Get.  Nasty!”

Things inevitably did get “nasty” at Reptar’s Thursday night performance at The High Noon Saloon, though only in the best sense of the word. It’s not surprising for the Georgia-based Afro-pop group, whose website declares in its bio section that if the group had a collective superpower, it’d be “the knack for warming up every space they inhabit.”

Playing on a dark stage lit only by a pair of lamps and red and white fiber-optic cables snaked throughout their instruments, the reptilian foursome (aided by two accompanying musicians) were the embodiment of their own “dance ‘til you drop’ ethos, setting the tone for their small yet dedicated following. The crowd was a sea of movement during cuts from Reptar’s debut EP Oblangle Fizz Y’all, including favorites such as “Rainbounce” and “Phonetics.”  In the midst of the blinking lights, all that was missing was a drift of fog to transform the western themed club into a raver’s version of Disney World’s Enchanted Tiki Room.  And, well…talking animatronic birds…

Yet even in the near-dark atmosphere, the band members’ dimly lit silhouettes could be seen bouncing around in ways deserving of their individual superlatives. Keyboardist William Kennedy earned top honors for most animated of the bunch, as he was a regular pogo stick behind his analog board. He also deserves a medal for being the best dressed of the night, donning silver-toned pants that would sometimes catch and redirect light in an interstellar twinkle, as if all were in the presence of a magnificent human disco ball. (Second place for the Best Dressed award goes to the lead singers of opening act Quiet Hooves, who looked as if they’d escaped from a hippy-themed insane asylum.)

Fans were also treated to live sneak-peaks from the band’s forthcoming debut LP Body Faucet, including the newest single “Sebastian,” whose lyrics detail the sexual awaking between two friends. Beginning in a sing-song reverie, Ulicny’s body and voice would at a turn sputter into violent fits, intercutting the song’s jovial percussion with swagger tantrums that made for compelling listening as well as viewing.

Ultimately, too many types of music converge during a Reptar set to give an accurate description without exhausting oneself. Afro-punk pop? Electronic pop-punk with an African glaze? African-electric-pop-punk musical with floral notes of cinnamon and honeydew?

See, I’m tired already.

The one thing future attendees of a Reptar show should at the very least expect to witness are superhuman Lords of the Dance. They are a group to check out, to follow, and just as a precaution, to do stretches before seeing!

-Austin Duerst

Keep checking the blog—we’ll have pictures from this show posted soon!


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3 Responses

  1. This was a phenomenal show. Graham’s voice is just a total beast. Though I kept waiting to hear “Stuck In My Id,” the band more than made up for the omission by closing their set with a cover of my favorite New Order song (“Age of Consent”).

    Great review, Austin!

  2. Yes, very nicely done, Austin. We look forward to more of your wonderful wordsmithing.

  3. Nice concert review man. You did a great job in coming out a great style for a review.

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