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Post Rock/Math rock

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Easy Livin
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2 stars Charged up Steelmen

Formed in Sheffield, UK in 2001, 65Daysofstatic are a band very much rooted in the post rock genre. While an EP was released in 2003, it took until 2004 for this their first album to appear. Subsequent releases are more instrumentally adventurous, this album focusing almost entirely on lead guitar and thumping drums.

After the brief scene setter "Another code against the gone", which consists of distorted feedback guitar and some spoken word, the first track proper is the even more strangely named "Install A Beak In The Heart That Clucks Time In Arabic". At around 5 minutes the song is one of the longest on the album, and thus in post rock terms noticeably brief. While the drumming here is slightly more imaginative than that normally encountered with post rock, it can also be more intrusive, the track including what is virtually a drum solo.

That track sets the mould for the album as a whole, the lighter introductions to the tracks being followed by some pretty traditional post rock sounds. The electronic effects of Paul Wolinski do offer some welcome distractions, but it is the driving lead guitar riffs of said Wolinski together with JoeFro which prevail throughout.

Some tracks are a bit more melodious than others, "I Swallowed Hard, Like I Understood" being an example. Here, the sound has mild oriental overtones. The title track includes the guest violin of Luke Shrewsbury, but the song as a whole is less satisfactory and rather muddled.

In all, not really an album to appeal to those in search of the more traditional forms of prog, indeed it is questionable whether there is much in the way of prog here at all. For those who enjoy their post rock on the raw side though, this may just work.

Easy Livin | 2/5 |


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