Repairs High Rise Horizon / Pleasure Principal 7”
It’s an audacious move to name a song ‘Pleasure Principal’ in a band comprised entirely of synths and a sampler, but there’s audacity in Repairs, a band that, before this, had not released anything since their 2009 demo cassette on Captured Tracks (a release that was not really indicative of the band: there is a wide distance between their sound and the generally lightweight American indie-pop bands that make up that label). This is far more indicative of their live presence, which is about overwhelming the audience with high volume, the energy fractured between the statuesque synth-men and Hepworth’s sample punching, incomprehensible hollering, bouncing around the stage. There’s also little Gary Numan in this, more an asexual Suicide in their 23 Minutes Over Brussels incarnation, more menace than depravity. No fun, all fucked. This is the right path. This is what you want.