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Post Rock/Math rock • United Kingdom


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Founded in 2001 in Sheffield, UK -

65daysofstatic are an instrumental experimental post-rock band who are highly influenced by both math-rock and electronic/industrial music. Originally formed as a three-piece, the lineup has changed significantly since that time. Throughout their relatively short history, they have released two major studio albums and a slew of EP's. 65daysofstatic's music features the varied guitar sounds of post-rock mixed with a combination of live drums and off-beat electronically sampled percussion. Their moods range from dismal to triumphant, and from relaxed to desperate. They are full of both energy and atmosphere. It is rare for a band to so effectively combine analog and electronic styles and instrumentation, and with such enjoyable results.

This band is recommended for fans of heavier post-rock, particularly Red Sparowes, as well as electronic music such as Aphex Twin.

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65DAYSOFSTATIC top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.66 | 61 ratings
The Fall Of Math
2004
4.06 | 98 ratings
One Time For All Time
2005
3.51 | 37 ratings
The Destruction Of Small Ideas
2007
2.97 | 31 ratings
We Were Exploding Anyway
2010
3.62 | 13 ratings
Silent Running
2011
3.45 | 20 ratings
Wild Light
2013
3.67 | 6 ratings
No Man's Sky - Music For An Infinite Universe
2016

65DAYSOFSTATIC Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.60 | 5 ratings
Escape From New York
2009

65DAYSOFSTATIC Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

5.00 | 1 ratings
Unreleased/Unreleasable Volume 3
2006

65DAYSOFSTATIC Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

5.00 | 1 ratings
Unreleased/Unreleasable Volume 1
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Unreleased/Unreleasable Volume 2
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
B-Sides & Rarities Volume 1
2006

65DAYSOFSTATIC Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.33 | 3 ratings
Stumble.Stop.Repeat.
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Retreat! Retreat!
2004
3.05 | 3 ratings
Hole
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Radio Protector
2006
2.00 | 1 ratings
Don't Go Down to Sorrow
2007
3.00 | 3 ratings
The Distant and Mechanized Glow of Eastern European Dance Parties
2008
2.95 | 2 ratings
Weak4
2010
2.98 | 6 ratings
Heavy Sky EP
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Crash Tactics
2010

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 Weak4 by 65DAYSOFSTATIC album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
2.95 | 2 ratings

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Weak4
65DaysOfStatic Post Rock/Math rock

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars "WEAK4" is an EP from "65daysofstatic" which was released only in Japan shortly before the worldwide release of their 4th full length album "We Were Exploding Anyway". The EP features the album version of the title track "WEAK4", plus 3 more tracks not available on the LP.

The band was moving away from their original thick guitar-laden sound to one that utilized more synthesizer. Even though many fans dislked the new sound as it strayed away from its thick and heavy metal sound, it was proof that the band was willing to experiment with the Post Rock genre by adding in synths and electronics. It is obvious right away that the members of the band knew what they were doing, as the sound is quite mature for a band just starting to experiment with new styles. The music on this EP is all instrumental.

You immediately hear the synth/electronica feel on the title track. It uses rapid fire percussion, which could be synthesized. This one feels completely electronic until a guitar comes in for a short time later. It is quite melodic, but almost gives you a rave style feel. It becomes more chaotic towards the end as more sounds are layered in, but it is obviously driven by synthesizers.

"PACIFY" starts out minimalistic with droning tones swirling around each other. A processed piano finally provides an achor that gives a feeling of movement in the track, and percussive and other processed sounds continue. A guitar provides more texture. A rhythm finally kicks in, a persistent, thumping beat. Finally, a thick sounding guitar comes in providing memories of the bands past post-rock sounds, and it takes the foreground, but the electronics and more percussion continue underneath it in several sonic layers. This one builds in intensity until it comes to a sudden end.

"ANTIQUE HYPER MALL" starts off with experimental electronic textures and a plucked guitar. The electronics feel rather chaotic next to the contrasting slow guitar. The melody provided by the guitar gets more interesting as it continues. A sudden stop, and then the percussion takes over for a while, then synths start adding layers. Suddenly the guitar kicks in the loud metallic sound, mixing the old post rock sound with the new techno sound. The biggest surprise is when the percussion drops out at the end, that you hear a thick wall of sound, but instead of being all guitar, there are plenty of electronics there also.

"GOODBYE, 2007" starts off with a repeating chime sound and a heavy thudding base provides a foundation. A heavy, fuzzy synth builds underneath while a somewhat cheerful arpeggio continues in the foreground.

The mix of Post Rock with Electronica gives a new edge to the genre and opens up a lot of avenues for those bands in the genre to work with. The band not only adds in electronica, but they make the music danceable, approaching a 'techno-style' sound while mixing in aspects of their original genre. The tracks on the EP will definitely appeal to the fans (known as "65kids") because, other than the title track, are only widely available on this EP. It may be appealing to progressive music lovers too, since it's base is in Post Rock, but it shows the band's beginning to branch out and experiment. The music stays interesting and dynamic throughout. This EP is a good way enter into the new sound of the band to determine if it is for you or not. Of course, the shortness of the EP works towards its disadvantage as a stand alone release, it is more effective as a companion to go along with the album released shortly after. In any case, it is a solid 3 star EP, lacking only because it has the short duration of 18 minutes.

 We Were Exploding Anyway by 65DAYSOFSTATIC album cover Studio Album, 2010
2.97 | 31 ratings

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We Were Exploding Anyway
65DaysOfStatic Post Rock/Math rock

Review by progadicto

3 stars Got to make a kind of stand about this album. To many others this one is the weakest 65dos album but IMO is not bad at all. Different from the "classic" 65dos?... Yes!... Not proggy enough?... Maybe... Not post-rock? Definitively no.

Post-rock is an experimental genre that constatly look forward for innovation and new sounds. Well, this album is a kind of traditional post-rock album mixed with some hard electronic, drum & bass and even techo dance sections which sometimes enriches the musical textures we find on the 9 tracks of the album starting with the catchy opener "Mountainhead", located between the well-known hard rhythmical bases of this band and some pop beats. The second track, "Crash Tactics", is a classic "65dos-style" from the Stumble.Stop.Repeat era; a great, complex and heavy (but too short!) instrumental journey such as "Weak4".

If I got to pick another remarkable song of this album I go to "Debutante", a piece based on floating and hypnotic keyboards and soft but proggy guitar riffs. The other tracks got some poppish electronic mixtures, such as "Come With Me" with Robert "The Cure" Smith on vocals, and "Tiger Girl", a dance-electronic piece with some catchy rhythms extremely long and repetitive.

Got to say that is not an album for hard post-rock lovers but it has great and enjoyable sections, well made electronic athmospheres, and (why not?) awsome dance tracks. And maybe is the perfect piece to introduce some beginners into this genre. 3* to me?

 The Destruction Of Small Ideas by 65DAYSOFSTATIC album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.51 | 37 ratings

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The Destruction Of Small Ideas
65DaysOfStatic Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Following on from the majestic One Time For All Time, The Destruction of Small Ideas is an engaging and listenable album from 65daysofstatic but falls short of the standards of its illustrious predecessor. Whereas One Time For All Time showed a skilled blending of electronic and guitar-driven varieties of post-rock, The Destruction seems to revert to keeping the electronic-based songs (which occasionally approach mainstream dance music) and guitar-led compositions (which feel like a throwback to The Fall of Math) rigidly separate, to the detriment of the music.

The nadir of the album is probably The Distant and Mechanised Glow of Eastern European Dance Parties, a techno tribute which feels incredibly out of place; I'd have thought it was a joke, except it lasts entirely too long for that. There's a clutch of good tracks on here but it's hard not to see it as a stumble for the band.

 One Time For All Time by 65DAYSOFSTATIC album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.06 | 98 ratings

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One Time For All Time
65DaysOfStatic Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars On One Time For All Time, 65daysofstatic evolve their post-rock sound in novel and intriguing directions, taking themselves significantly further away from the subgenre's mainstream (which by this point was choked with Mogwai/Godspeed You Black Emperor soundalikes) and taking on a significant electronic influence which results in a brilliant fusion of the sound of their debut album with cool indie synth-rock influences that remind me of M83's work. This is, in fact, one of the best meldings of post-rock and electronic music I have ever heard, and is essential listening for all post-rock fans tired of the same old soundscapes being endlessly recycled.
 The Fall Of Math by 65DAYSOFSTATIC album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.66 | 61 ratings

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The Fall Of Math
65DaysOfStatic Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A solid post-rock debut from 65daysofstatic, The Fall of Math doesn't really sound like math rock that has collapsed in on itself but the band do seem to be one of the more technically capable and math rock-leaning outfits on the post-rock scene. Not afraid to edge towards near- metallic territory now and then, 65daysofstatic create pulsating, pounding, energetic compositions which veer away from the more lethargic territory a lot of post-rock bands tend to wallow in. On the whole, they sound original enough to be worth a listen whilst sufficiently in tune with the mainline post-rock bands of the Mogwai/Godspeed You Black Emperor variety to be of interest to most people who enjoy the genre.
 Heavy Sky EP by 65DAYSOFSTATIC album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
2.98 | 6 ratings

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Heavy Sky EP
65DaysOfStatic Post Rock/Math rock

Review by colorofmoney91
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Prior to listening to this EP, "Heavy Sky", I always found 65daysofstatic's music to be very boring and bland. It's most likely just because I'm a big fan of the progressive electronic genre and electronic music in general, but I thoroughly enjoy this EP.

"Heavy Sky" sounds like party, which is fine. I'm not really the party kind of guy, but I exercise frequently and need need something upbeat to listen to, and this fits the bill while also being at least mildly progressive. The music on this EP is heavily electronic, leaving almost no discernible playing of traditional rock instruments, which I feel is a sound that this band should definitely explore in the future. All of this EP wouldn't sound out of place at a night club, but some oddly placed beats and interesting developments within the music keep me from calling this run of the mill techno.

Very accessible by today's standards, definitely, though not a masterpiece and not 100% fitting as progressive rock but more as more progressive sounding modern electronic dance music.

 Heavy Sky EP by 65DAYSOFSTATIC album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
2.98 | 6 ratings

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Heavy Sky EP
65DaysOfStatic Post Rock/Math rock

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars This EP was released in Oct. 2010, some months later after band's full album "We Were Exploding Anyway" release. I really was curious, what the direction band will chose finaly in their newest release after they turned to electronic spacey sound from post -rock on their last album.

So, from very first sounds of this 7-songs EP the answer to my question is obvious: 65daysofstatic aren't post-rock band anymore. For good and bad.

I believe classic post-rock became quite boring and even obscure genre in year 2010, its potential was exploited in few years after the genre was born. Few great names,mostly sleeping on their old fame and some not very successful (and often even not very professional) clones - that's all what is post-rock at the end of the first decade.

It's not strange many bands are trying to find their new sound (or to find their future ,in other words). 65dos is one of them. With previous album they showed their new direction, with this EP they just confirmed their new choice.

Music there is in fact not too much different from "We Were Exploding Anyway" works. Heavily electronic-based sound with even more spacey atmosphere, interesting rhythm structure and in moments almost danceable compositions. Music isn't memorable, but when listening, it sounds really light and pleasant. Possibly, best description for the sound of this EP is mix of techno period Squarepusher and Ozric Tentacles. With quite pleasant, in moments melodic,even relaxed sound.

Unhappily, all compositions are similar to each other,and all release sounds more as small collection of band's new direction's demonstration. I am just curious to hear 65dos real new album - will they be able to find their own place in new waters?

 We Were Exploding Anyway by 65DAYSOFSTATIC album cover Studio Album, 2010
2.97 | 31 ratings

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We Were Exploding Anyway
65DaysOfStatic Post Rock/Math rock

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars This album is not just your regular dreamy melancholic a bit sleepy post-rock one. And not twin-guitar driven repetitive string/bass storm. So, possibly you will hate it. Or you will open your eyes and ears wider, and will find something, what you will like in it.

56dos never was a very typical math rock band, but till now at least they tried to be in genre's frames. It looks this album is their step out from traditional post rock territory.

Music there is a hot fusion of modern electronic, dance rhythms and some post-rock guitars and atmosphere. It's not a secret anymore post-rock was born as explosion, but in very few years became self-closed society for dreamy repetitive atmospheric soundscapes and pseudo-classical strings arrangements. What is not bad at all. The problem was genre's formula was over-explored during few years, and bigger part of artists just stacked in yesterday's music for years. As a result, post-rock missed its fans. Everyone understands they need new blood. New ideas and new sounds.

I don't think the direction 65dos chose there on this album is the only way for post-rock evolution. But it is one of ways, fresh experimentation I missed in genre's music for a long time.

Returning back to album's music, in many senses it reminds me Squarepusher's revolution in jazz fusion sound. He combined modern electronic sound with live bass and jazz fusion structures. 65dos made similar revolution in post rock sound: electronic wall of sound with complex rhythms and structures are mixed with sound of post-rock live guitars and drums. Energy, rhythm, almost danceable compositions - plus characteristic dreamy ambient post-rock elements.

Squarepusher was ignored by many jazz fusion fans as enemies agent in their state, I believe this album will receive similar reviews from many orthodox post-rock lovers. Who cares - we know that progressive music is "progressive" because of its evolution, day to day searches of new experimental sound, and not because it is a frozen sound combination for museums.

P.S. The Cure goth-rock legend Robert Smith participated on "Come To Me".

Achtung! Possibly, many wouldn't accept this album as post-rock at all.

 One Time For All Time by 65DAYSOFSTATIC album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.06 | 98 ratings

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One Time For All Time
65DaysOfStatic Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars "These are songs with no words, but they are screaming". That is a quote from a page in the liner notes which is filled with poetic and meaningful sayings. I really enjoyed what this album had to offer, the heaviness, the atmosphere and the electronics all blended into this Post-Rock soup called "One For All Time".

"Drove Through Ghosts To get Here" opens with synths and piano as drums come and go. The tempo picks up after 1 1/2 minutes. Great sound after 2 minutes. It settles then explodes back in. Excellent opener. "Await Rescue" opens with electronics and a beat before a full sound hits us 1 1/2 minutes in. It settles after 2 1/2 minutes. I like this part.It then kicks back in with heavy drums a minute later. "23Kid" opens with some atmosphere before the drums become prominant and lead the way. It's building and building until it calms back down at 4 minutes. "Welcome To the Times" is a really good tune with lots of heaviness.

"Mean Low Water" opens with some nice guitar before drums come in. Piano and a calm after 1 1/2 minutes. It kicks back in heavier than before. It stops abruptly. "Climbing On Roof(Desperate Edit)" is experimental to begin with but then kicks into gear after a minute. "The Big Afraid" has a good melody with this heavy breathing throughout. Cool track. "65 Doesn't Understand You" features lots of tempo and mood changes. A calm after 2 minutes and yes this one ends with static. "Radio protector" is mellow with piano before heavy drums come in after a minute and the piano becomes more aggressive as well. This contrast continues.

I really like the blend of styles here, i'm impressed with what these guys have to say in the liner notes as well. Maybe they should actually write some lyrics in the future. A solid 4 stars.

 The Distant and Mechanized Glow of Eastern European Dance Parties by 65DAYSOFSTATIC album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2008
3.00 | 3 ratings

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65DaysOfStatic Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Cayafas

3 stars 65DAYSOFSTATIC is a math-rock band most well-known for its aggressive style and mixture of heavily electronic and instrumental music, and in this EP is errs on the side of electronica. '65' set out to move their music towards the genre of european dance that would make many a lover of prog cover their ears, and they do it without causing that common effect. Blending complex rythms, percussion, and layers of sound (including a haunting a capella drone with heavy distortion on Dance Parties (distant), rather unheard of in dance to say the least) with the common 8/8 beat and double/quadruple-speed percussion explosions of dance, they succeed in bringing the complexity and excitement of the proggy side of math-rock to a genre that at first seems unrelated in this first song and in its even more dance-y, heavy and aggressive twin, Dance Parties (mechanised).

The third song, Goodbye, 2007, starting out with a 'skeletal' drone that strangely enough doesn't gather the tension such starts are usually supposed to, is a rather dreary exercise in percussion that is easily forgotten, and it is oddly fitting that its first review be in 2009.

The EP comes to a better and more obviously post-rock end with Antique Hyper Mall. Slowly building up tension and emotion with a soundscape familiar to listeners to '65', by using short, soft bits of percussion instead of long, dynamic tones used by post-rock behemoths like SIGUR RÓS and MOGWAI. The song accentuates both the similarity and contrast between math- and post-rock in the first few minutes, coming to an early high when the angular and haunting guitars set in before devolving in a mud of percussion and echoed electronics in the end. A hit and miss that is nevertheless still very much worth listening to.

'The Distant and Mechanised Glow of Eastern European Dance Parties' will not make you happy for as long as the title may suggest, but is a highly enjoyable example of the broad scope of math-rock. Recommended for those who want to see math-rock delve into uncharted territory.

Thanks to Jimbo for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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