2011 Atlantis Prize Short List: Repartee “Repartee”






Though Repartee have been around since 2009 and have one highly promising EP in their catalogue, 2011 was the year the band really seized their rightful place as leaders on the St. John’s scene. Aside from putting on electrifying live shows here in town and throughout Canada this year, the band’s self-titled debut LP is a whip-smart riposte of an indie pop record, and one of the year’s best.

At the heart of Repartee’s sound is frontwoman Meg Warren’s sweet, sincere vocals, set against the dancey backdrop of an innovative rhythm section consisting of Kyle Harding and Tyler Lovell, and pitch-perfect guitar hooks courtesy of Robbie Brett.

Though the songs on Repartee are catchy, endlessly replayable earworms, they’re a far cry from the empty-headed, twee indie pop that surfaces so frequently in the Internet era.

“I’ve always been intrigued by pop songs with depth, if that makes any sense,” Warren says. “Tunes that are sonically and lyrically interesting and creative, but still simple in every way… I think that’s the kind of music we’re trying to make here.”

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