HUP: Tell us about Repairs!
Marty: There’s three of us in Repairs - Nic plays bass, I play guitar and James plays drums. At the moment I do most of the singing but I’m slowly convincing the other two to do more! We’re based in Auckland, although James lives right at the border of Auckland and Waikato, so regular practices in the city centre require a great amount of dedication on his part. We started playing music together almost a year ago. We were initially jamming as a way for a bunch of band orphans to still get their music fix after all our previous bands went on hiatus. It started out with me (after ‘god bows to math’ finished up for a while), Paul (from ‘Trust Punks’), James and Sam (who were both playing in ‘Lost Rockets’). Paul had other projects starting up so we convinced Nic to join us (her first time playing bass/in a band!). Sam now plays in an awesome band called ‘Swallow the Rat’ (we played our first shows together late last year) and we decided to call ourselves ‘Repairs’.
HUP: How would you describe your band to someone that hasn’t heard you before?
James: Well if Repairs were a cake, here is the recipe...
Ingredients: 1 cup of Fugazi, 150 grams of Shellac, 2× teaspoons Breeders and a dash of Mclusky, 1× guitar, 1× bass and 1× drums. Method: in a small dark room add drums, guitar and bass. Start stirring and slowly add in all ingredients and fan bake at 250 degrees.
HUP: What is our favourite song to play live?
Nic: Hmmmm. I reckon Marty and James would say ‘Wedding Horse’... For me, ‘Drones’ is one of the most fun to play – and usually when I start to relax in the set. ;-)
Nic: Seeing Sleater-Kinney at the Powerstation (2016) was a real “OH MY FRICKING GOD” moment for me. They were so inspirational and empowering to watch. I don’t doubt for a moment that if teenage me had seen them I would’ve absolutely left the gig, picked up an instrument and thought anything was possible. Actually, adult me left the gig, picked up an instrument, and thinks most things are possible.
Also, Mogwai performing ‘Batcat’ is still one of the most magnificent things I’ve ever witnessed or heard.
HUP: Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Future City 2018?
Marty: The Beths!!!! Saw them with Die! Die! Die! last year and they were incredible. Their EP rules so much. We’re going to aim to finish up and run over to Nivara to catch their set. There’s so many sweet bands on this line up though!
HUP: Give us your best Hamilton fact or story!
James: Hamilton city is the only city in New Zealand that does commercial hot air balloon rides!