LIVE: 65daysofstatic

10/05/2010

Sarah Morrison went to the Rescue Rooms to watch 65daysofstatic. Photos by David Baird.


65daysofstatic live at the Rescue Rooms - Photo by David Baird
65daysofstatic live at the Rescue Rooms - Photo by David Baird

After a day of looking more down in the mouth than a toddler who's had her balloon taken away, having seen my idealistic political dreams pretty much stomped on for the past 20 hours and facing the prospect of a shiny-faced ex-Etonian, hater of skint folk and bullshitter extroardinaire, running the country in a few days time - without a doubt the best cure for my malaise was a hefty dose of very, very loud music.

As luck would have it, 65daysofstatic - generally credited with the ability to immerse their listeners in a sonic bath of sweeping aural landscapes whilst they beat your troubles over the head with a large stick - were in town and playing at the Rescue Rooms, and were clearly the perfect remedy. The set began with the stuttering, juddering beat of Drove Through Ghosts To Get Here, which felt as if it were dragging itself through mud with sporadic beats and jittery melody, as the band trickled on to the stage, before materialising into the familiarly solid flow of soaring post-rock that would continue throughout the next 90 minutes.

65daysofstatic live at the Rescue Rooms - Photo by David Baird
"Guitar-led madness" - Photo by David Baird

Seamlessly melding electronic elements with organic, they powered through a relentless powerful attack that took the audience from tempo-defying favourites like Radio Protector, to tracks from their new album 'We Were Exploding Anyway' which has taken them to dancier territories with elements that wouldn't sound out of place on a Pendulum record. But just as you thought they were teetering on the edge of sounds that would sound quite comfortable next door in Stealth, they punched you in the ears with some guitar-led madness that threw you right back into a rock frame of mind.

The highlight of the night personally, was the epic Retreat Retreat; the track has long been my 'everything's going to be all right' anthem (as I'm sure it is for many others), and I don't know if it was me just being the sad git that I am, or the discourse of the past couple of days, but I must admit, it made me a tad misty-eyed.

65daysofstatic live at the Rescue Rooms - Photo by David Baird
"Epic and engulfing" - Photo by David Baird

For 90 glorious minutes that felt all too short, my worries were kicked into touch and drowned out by the epic, engulfing sounds of 65daysofstatic's unique mix of rich textures, crazy beats, powerful guitars, hope and promise.

Memo to the British public: No matter how shit things get, never underestimate the power of great live music. If things look bleak, sack it all off and eff off down town to see some music - the floors will be sticky, the beer will be over priced and warm, but you'll feel the bassline right between your ribs and for a short while everything will be amazing.

65daysofstatic played at the Rescue Rooms on Friday 7 May 2010.

All photographs © David Baird

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