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EERDERE EDITIES | 2006 | MUZIEK | 65DAYSOFSTATIC


Biography

To describe 65daysofstatic is not an easy task. Indeed, most who have tried can merely hint at the depths these guys reach with their wide-open sounds, melding seamless guitar shapes with ferocious drum ‘n bass styled beats, live drums and c-c-c-computer g-g-g-g-glitch.

A soundtrack to a new dimension, where rock, dance and electronica are equals. A refreshing glimpse into the future at a time when the music industry has arguably been far too obsessed with all things retro.

 

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To describe a 65daysofstatic live show is an even harder task. Viciously euphoric, frenetic, overwhelming, bordering on chaos and really, really loud. It’s what the band thrive on and how they win armies of new admirers every time they go out on the road.

65's debut ep, ‘stumble.stop.repeat’, a limited 1000 copy release on their own Dustpunk Records label quickly sold out and earned them acclaim from both press and radio in a variety of countries.

 

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The release of their two first full-length albums, 'The Fall of Math' and 'One Time For All Time', look set to build on their reputation as a band to watch for people who want to hear what the future frontiers of music hold in store. A variety of press accolades for the album points toward a promising future, in which the boundaries of music will be stretched futher, and open-minded music fans will reap the rewards.

To describe 65daysofstatic's coming in Belgium is exciting. And makes the frustration until Apr. 8th that bigger...

 

Discography

-) 2003 : "65’s.late.nite.double-a-side.college.cut-up.trailers.for.the.looped.future." on Dustpunk Records.

 

-) 2003 : "stumble.stop.repeat e.p" on Dustpunk Records.

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-) 2004 : "the fall of math" on Monotreme Records.

Playlouder's point of view :

Most bands form and then make a conscious choice to imitate, plagiarise and become a pastiche of their idols. The music buying public love to be reminded of the good times; the old times; the familiar. It’s the reason we've had The Beatles, The Clash and The Stooges clones plague our minds, radio, newspapers, TV, and our souls for the past twenty-five years. It’s the reason guitar based music has driven itself into a rut; become stale, bland, tired and overblown. Time for an overhaul. But that’s most bands, and it’s clear that 65 Days of Static have no intention of being some retro-fuck entity. Nestling themselves in a scene loosely called math-rock or post-rock, they appear to have broken the golden alt-rock rule of not using computers, samplers, electronics etc (it’s not real music you know). Instead of sounding like some scrappy, mix-genre soundclash, 65 Days of Static take your pre-conceptions and smash them into a million pieces.

'Retreat! Retreat!' swoops in with a glorious, spine tingling glockenspiel intro, which gives way to a riff that is so wide, so heavy, so burnt that it hurts; it's heart wrenching stuff. 'The Cat Is a Landmine' weaves in and out like Venetian Snares vs a monged Godspeed! You Black Emperor. 'Aren’t We All Running' uses a moribund prog-rock piano intro and calmly sits back and lets the guitars and drums (the drummer clearly having eight arms on this track) walk in and bludgeon you with reckless abandon. It is pure passion, and it’s clear that 'The Fall of Math' was created to worship the beauty of music. Radiohead took three albums to become this adventurous and IDM is still too afraid to include live instruments on this level; when the Mercury Music Prize comes around the judges won’t go anywhere near this.

Go home, take your play safe indie-punk records and burn them. 65 Days of Static have their heads in 2007 and everyone else is thirty years behind... Magnificent.



Simon Smerdon - website.

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-) 2004 : "retreat! retreat!" on Monotreme Records.

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-) 2005 : "unreleased/unreleasable volume II: how i fucked off all my friends" on Dustpunk Records.

 

-) 2005 : "hole" sur Monotreme Records.

Drowned In Sound's point of view :

Hole, on paper, is an EP of little more than filler - the title track is lifted, sort of, from 65daysofstatic’s highly acclaimed long player of 2004, The Fall Of Math, whilst odds, sods and remixes comprise the remaining six tracks. Thing is, 65dos don’t do odds and sods per se, offering instead immense value for minimal dollar. The brutal second track - ‘Wrong Side Of The Tracks’ - is worth the asking price alone, but its gentle slide from blood-splattered chaos into the serenity of the band’s own remix of ‘The Fall Of Math’ is beyond beautiful. For a second, the filth of the nine-to-five fades into irrelevance.

‘Betraying Chino’, originally featured on a rock sound cover mount CD, could pass for an album off-cut, but makes for an enjoyable if somewhat predictable (song is quiet, gets louder, gets loudest, song stops) two minutes. Upcoming electronic gloom-meister Mothboy adds some bass-heavy bleakness to the blinding light of ‘Retreat! Retreat!’, the result something like a collaboration between Squarepusher and dälek, and closer ‘4 Connection’ sounds eerily like a slice of the soundtrack from age-old computer game Novastorm, its chimes crisscrossing bleeps and beats to optimum effect. Only a rather bland ‘No Station’ lets this release down, its mid-record arrival slowing the EP’s flow and serving little discernible purpose other than appeasing completists.

A single gripe aside, Hole is a recommended purchase for those wanting a sneak peek at where 65dos are headed. The Fall Of Math has served them well, but this quartet are already looking towards its follow up. If certain tracks here are a sign of what's to come, said second album won’t merely attract the attention of the stars; rather, it’ll propel 65dos beyond them and onto an otherworldly plain entirely of their own.

Mike Diver - website.

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-) 2005 : "one time for all time" on Monotreme Records.

Organ Magazine's point of view :

They have a sound all of their own now, an instantly recognisable sound, an unmistakable fingerprint, this could only be 65Daysofstatic - they're established already. Opening doors and setting standards with their glitching starlight and their flickering textures. Last year's debut The Fall Of Math was a revolutionary leap forward for everyone, this year we kind of know what to expect.This year we expected a lot, we've got it. Heavy touring has built on their towering reputation, they are the biggest genuine word of mouth band out there. There has been no hype, this is how it really works, people organically telling others - you have to hear this band (and you do, you really do have to hear this band!). If you haven't caught the glories of Sheffield's 65days yet then you need to think somewhere near the restrained moody musical adventure of Radiohead through a refined glitching post-rock drum 'n bass(ish) filter, uplifting heart-warming mood shifting beauty, towers of radiant musical hope and prog rock in the real real sense. Progression, a break down of rock's convention, street symphonies, instrumental inner city flickering - epic. They don't actually sound that difficult or complex, they're clever and oozing with warmth and imagination. It's simple, beautifully simple - “There are still no words. The band are still trying to articulate all that stuff that no-one's really invented words for yet”. They say this is not a happy album, they say it's a mixture of guilt, exhaustion and anger - if it is then it's beautifully uplifting positive anger (anger is an energy). Glorious glitch, white noise guitar walls, broken laptop clicks and soothing tranquil pools of reflection and bits amongst the furious noise that are as delicate as the first snowflakes. It's not dance or rock or post this or glitch that or drum 'n bass now, it's just 65Daysofstatic - a beautifully glorious uplifting thing that you really do need to share.The musical goal posts just shifted again.

Sean O - website.

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Audio

Some stuff to listen to here. You can watch two videos here and there.

 

Web

-) Official site.
-) Myspace.
-) Monotreme Records.