“We only want to give the very best of ourselves”
Margriet Wagner and Peisam Tsang | Pictures: Peisam Tsang, May 13, 2009 (original link (in Dutch))
65daysofstatic hails from Sheffield, England. The band has existed since 2001, but has undergone a couple of line-up changes since. Right now, the band consists of Joe Shrewsbury, Paul Wolinski, Rob Jones and Simon Wright. Right before 65daysofstatic’s show at the Delta Festival, Paul and Joe talk to 3voor12 Den Haag in the changing rooms.
To start us off, Paul and Joe had no idea that they’re playing at a festival organized to celebrate Europe Day. “We’re not really involved in politics. If we had known beforehand that this was for Europe Day, we would have taken a little longer to agree to play. As you know, we’re from England. We’re pretty casual towards our own government. We even think they’re pretty corrupt. Wanting to be a part of Europe but not wanting to join in using its currency doesn’t seem all that positive to us. And that’s a sham,” Joe tells us. Paul: “Europe can be pretty interesting, a collective of countries that wants to work closely together.One world and less division.” “That’s what we want too”, Joe explains, “to create a better world. If you listen to the news, you often think ‘what is going on?’ But we don’t make statements in our music. 65daysofstatic is all about making music and having fun while doing so, a boy’s dream come true. We used to want this so badly, to be a band and play a lot and all over.” Paul: “It’s so much better than just talking about governmental messes or about antisocial people.”
At the moment, 65daysofstatic are touring through Europe. Joe: “If you look at our schedule, we’re just zigzagging through Europe. But we don’t mind. We play the Netherlands a couple of times at very different dates. It’s our umpteenth time in the country, but we never get tired of it. The festivals and stages are different from ours. There’s more freedom here, at the Delta Festival for example there are so many genres crossing paths. That’s beautiful. We don’t mind being away from home for so long, as long as we get to play a lot. None of us are really bound to home. The both of us have even been homeless for three years, until we moved into the same house. That was a lot of fun, we never had any fights. We never do when we’re touring either, despite being packed in a coach.” Paul: “We even quit our daily jobs to be able to make music and do what we’ve always wanted to do.” “It wasn’t really exciting, though”, replies Joe, “I was a waiter.” Paul laughs. “I’ve had all kinds of jobs that earned me just enough, but yeah, jobs suck and touring is amazing. I don’t miss working.”
Joe: “We’re testing a lot of new songs during the tour. Trying to figure out how to fit the setlist together as perfectly as possible. But the reactions have been great, there’s been plenty of dancing, even when we were playing in front of a post-rock audience. We’ve started introducing keys in our music. That’s because the four of us listen to very different music. It creates diversity in our music and it can be quite the task and challenge to bring it all together. Sometimes you have a good song, but you don’t know it yet. But you feel that urge to go with it. We’ve pushed ourselves a little with the new material to make it more danceable, so that people can really get excited.” Proudly, he continues: “We never took any classes and in the end we’ve grown so much. What’s possible for us, how can we evolve even further and where are our boundaries? We’re really disciplined on that front.”
Both gents could just keep talking about music. Paul: “When it comes to music, we can’t be serious enough. We want to go for it way past 100 %, and we want to do everything right. Even if that means we only get to drink alcohol really late, because the show starts really late. We don’t want to be drunk on stage, we can only give it our all if we’re focused.”
With worldwide fame as a final destination? Joe: “No, that’s not important. If we play for thousands of people or only a few, we just want to have a good time. On top of that, being famous isn’t all that great. Just look at guys like The Arctic Monkeys and Kings of Leon. The bigger you are as a band, the poorer you are as a band.” Paul: “Well, we haven’t paid ourselves in months either. Last time I spent money, it was because I broke my guitar and really needed a new one.”