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For almost ten years already, 65daysofstatic have been able to communicate without the need of words. Nevertheless, for the interview with the post-rock band made use of the verbal way of expression.

The audience’s bouncing heads know their performances. During a 65daysofstatic concert, arms shoot up in sync, and the audience’s neck muscles contract and relax in the rhythm of the guitars mixed with drums and electronics. Everyone who believed until then that concert dynamics could only be created by the audience singing along, will change their point of view now. The band from Sheffield is able to create accessible music out of a rather inaccessible, alternative position. Joe Shrewsbury and Paul Wolinski, 65daysofstatic’s guitarist and keyboarder, told what we can expect from the band in the future. You play instrumental post-rock. Are words hollow to you?   

Paul: Joe decided for us to make post-rock, but I think we should be wilder. Seriously, though, sometimes there are just not the right words to express what you mean.

Joe: We just don’t want to hear what the other members have to say. There’s a constant battle between them and our not particularly small egos. We spend a lot of time being horrible to Simon and Rob, yet, we can still be in the same room. (they both laugh)

Paul: It’s always a mix of aggression and rage, so you could really say that we sell hollow noise and rage. Your new record is quite unusual; it has some dancefloor qualities.

Paul: We have always been influenced by electronics. The new album caused a lot of reactions. Since we spend a lot of time on tour, we felt the need to create a record that we want to play from beginning to end and enjoy it. Instead of using all possible instruments like we did in “The Destruction of Small Ideas”, we only used the ones we could pack inside a tour bus. That way, our sound took a more electronic direction than most people were used to. Now, it’s music you can dance to.

Joe: I think “Heavy Sky” sounds like in our beginnings. Uglyfloorsound. (laughter) But there aren’t more electronics than in the past. The new stuff leaves more time to breathe. Did you aim to reach a new level?

Joe: (hesitates for a while) We didn’t want to make the same album again or repeat ourselves, but go further, instead. There are different kinds of goals: those you can reach, ridiculous, difficult, easy ones. It’s good to have goals as a band, because they lead the way to where you want to be some day. Our short-term goal is to keep writing music and performing live. (laughs) Your concerts are full of energy. How do you recharge again?  

Joe: Honestly? I have no idea. There’s no show tonight, so I sleep. (laughs) Well, lots of coffee and fruit. That helps.

Paul: Performing live recharges your energy! It’s fun and it’s the best job in the world. Where do you get your inspiration from? Is there something in particular?

Joe: Not really. We take inspiration from everywhere, mostly from things that have nothing to do with music. It’s a difficult question. Even though we got asked that very often, it gets harder to find an answer. Why do you do something in particular and why? These are mostly things that have nothing to do with music. You might as well ask a doctor where they get their inspiration to treat people from, but nobody does that.

Paul: That’s the typical question you ask a musician. Going on tour is a great inspiration. Gigs, good conversations, meeting people that are interested in our band. Once, you said you’d like to collaborate with Christina Aguilera. Is that really true?

Paul: I wouldn’t say no.

Joe: Well, I think she’s not as good anymore. (laughter) 

Paul: I think a collaboration would do her good.

Joe: She could ask us. Who appeared on the record that no one bought, again?

Paul: M.I.A. and Le Tigre. What we meant was that we’re not that dark on purpose, and that we would write songs suitable for the commercial pop world, just like her. But five years ago, pop music was way more interesting than nowadays. You’re going to re-interpret the soundtrack for the movie “Silent Running”. What’s the story behind that?

Paul: It’s for a film festival in Glasgow. Next year, we won’t be on tour that often and we wanted to do something else. It’s a great opportunity to write the music for it. Sci-fi music suits us.

Joe: Joan Baez made this crazy soundtrack for the original version. Her folk music’s just the opposite to the sci-fi film, and I really like that. We, on the contrary, aren’t a particularly silent band. It’s certainly going to be great performing the songs we wrote live during the movie. Do you consider yourself successful after five albums, four EPs, a big fanbase supporting you and with “We Are Exploding Anyway” in the British charts?

Joe: Does it mean anything nowadays to be placed 99th in the UK charts? I have no idea.

Paul: Everything is relative. There are many people who come to see us and many bands we’ve met that admire what we have achieved. We worked hard for that. We have met lots of young bands that have already separated again. We are still here. So relatively speaking, it’s great to be a part of music, perform on concerts, record albums and feel that people appreciate that. It’s a constant battle to keep the band alive because we don’t sell enough records. It’s going to be more difficult in the years to come. People don’t buy CDs anymore; the economy is in trouble. It’s hard for everyone and it’s not fair. But fuck that, we have the best job in the world.

Joe: Maybe, we should start looking for real jobs. (laughter)

Translation by 65kid Arabella Lutz.

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