This Heat

Repeat / Metal

Modern Classics

Released: 10th August 2018

Formed in 1976 in Brixton, a multicultural, and – at the time – down-at-heel part of south London, This Heat
were born into a music scene in rapid flux, first thanks to the punk explosion and then via new wave and its
myriad offshoots into pop, rock and art-rock. But while many sought to apply punk attitude to chart-friendly
sounds, This Heat were concocting some of the most experimental ideas ever committed to tape, taking
influence from musique concrète, krautrock, the burgeoning industrial scene and even the dub reggae
blasting out in their home borough.
Recorded from 1979 – 1980 Repeat / Metal is essentially This Heat’s third proper album, although it was
released posthumously in 1993. Arguably their most radical work, Repeat / Metal features side-length tape
experiments ranging from the dubby drum loops of “Repeat”, a 20 minute edit / reworking of their landmark
piece “24 Track Loop”, to the gamelan-inspired sounds of “Metal”, an electro-acoustic work recorded outside
of their studio, Cold Storage, and helmed by member Gareth Williams.
Following Modern Classics Recordings’ 2016 reissue campaign to mark the band’s 40th anniversary, these
new releases Made Available, Repeat / Metal and Live 80 – 81 round out the story. Each release is
sanctioned by surviving members Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward and features newly remastered
audio sourced from original tapes.