Thursday, May 8, 2008

65daysofstatic kicks off U.S. tour supporting The Cure this week. BBC Radio 1 calls new EP the “hottest record in the world right now.”

“Kicking off with their trademark electric crackle, it’s clear that with their third album 65daysofstatic have resisted the urge to tone down their quite frankly mental tsunami of noise and make a play for the mainstream sales potential of an ever scene-conscious world. Instead, they have done what they’ve always done -- thrown the rulebook out the window and grown organically. With such clinical conviction 65DOS are utterly peerless in their chosen field of post-rock.” -- Razio Rauf, Kerrang Magazine

65daysofstatic have made their masterpiece, or something close to it; three albums in, in the most dirty, shallow decade of music we’ve known, who else can say that? A handful, not enough. The Destruction of Small Ideas is a weight, a tower of babel, a journey, learnings, understandings, communication, evolution. I’ve been waiting. I was promised this or something like it. The rise and fall. All so deep, so rich, so comically dynamic and detailed and powerful for it that it makes me want to cry. How to make a record. Play loud.” -- Stylus Magazine

As a prelude to its triumphant return stateside next week, Sheffield, England’s 65daysofstatic released a new EP The Distant and Mechanized Glow of Eastern European Dance Parties (or, more succinctly, Dance Parties as the band likes to call it) this week on its longtime label, Monotreme Records. The EP landed in the UK last month and receiving an early spin on the national BBC Radio 1, the “Dance Parties (Mechanized)” track was introduced by DJ Dan Carter as the “hottest record in the world right now!”

When the post-rock quartet was hand-picked by goth-pop legends The Cure to support its entire North American tour last fall, the group’s fans were ecstatic; only to be disappointed a short time later when the headliner decided to postpone all tour dates. Now, 65daysofstatic’s fans can catch the band on the reinstated dates with The Cure beginning in Washington, DC on May 9th. The British are coming!

The aftermath of the April 2007 release of their third full-length album, The Destruction of Small Ideas, saw 65daysofstatic fill the year with almost continuous touring: a headline tour of Europe, numerous festival appearances, and in July, their first ever US tour, with Fear Before The March of Flames.

They returned to the USA in October to play the main stage at the Download Festival in San Francisco, followed by another tour of Europe, playing to ever larger crowds. 2008 finds them solidly on the road for five months: February - March touring as special guests of The Cure all across Europe, and May - June again with The Cure all over North America, including Madison Square Garden, The Hollywood Bowl, Radio City Music Hall and Red Rocks, to name but a few stops along the way. And shoe-horned in between those, a month-long headline tour across Europe.

During its brief winter hiatus, the band went into the studio to record The Distant and Mechanised Glow of Eastern European Dance Parties EP to accompany its 2008 tour dates. Comprising two very different takes on the LP track of the same name, plus two completely new songs, The Distant and Mechanised Glow of Eastern European Dance Parties answers the question “What happens if we put these instruments down for a couple of seconds and create a 16 strong choir from our own under-rehearsed voices?”

Misleading - Sheffield’s 65daysofstatic missed most of the supposedly major progressions in popular culture during 2007. Instead they were pre-occupied making and promoting their third album, The Destruction of Small Ideas, an entirely unfashionable record of confused time signatures and misleading electronics, with a production value closer to Neil Young’s Harvest than to the “one louder than you” wars of current day time radio.

Heartbreaking - 2007 saw a wave of bands rising to prominence on a combination of tough, crispy beats and chiming guitars. Some were praised with writing the most forward-thinking music of all time because, brilliantly, they fused ‘dance’ music with ‘guitar’ music and invented a brand nu-genre. Anyone who knows their music history will also know that 65daysofstatic had been pioneering this kind of thing, constantly for five years now, albeit with less media fashionable haircuts. (If only they stopped messing around making heartbreaking instrumental music and reading their books on foreign policy and turned their attentions to a fresh attack on popular culture...)

The Aftermath - The aftermath of this album release saw them fill the year with almost continuous touring - just like the year before, and the year before that, and the year before that, and that. They set out on their first US tour with Fear Before The March of Flames, played SXSW and shows and festivals in exotic climbs. Moscow and Japan being but two. Meanwhile back in Europe, their popularity continued to soar - they found themselves closing Saturday night of All Tomorrow’s Parties “ATP vs The Fans” festival (selected by a popular vote of ticket-holders to perform), then racing back to London the following day to headline a sold-out gig at KOKO - with Lethal Bizzle and Josh T. Pearson supporting. A summer of festival appearances around Europe increased their reputation as one of the most amazing live acts ever. They returned to headline across Europe in November, playing to ever-larger crowds, including a sold-out 800 capacity show at AB Brussels in Belgium.

Earlier this spring, American fans were finally able to acquire a domestically released edition of 65daysofstatic’s 2004 debut album The Fall of Math which includes bonus tracks from a subsequent EP released that same year. And, a gatefold double-LP edition of the band’s most recent album The Destruction of Small Ideas also hit U.S. shelves in spring 2008. Upon its original release, The Fall of Math was heaped with critical praise and championed by BBC Radio 1 DJs John Peel and Zane Lowe, among others. It appeared on numerous best of 2004 lists and earned the band recognition as “one of the few genuine boundary-pushers in contemporary rock music.”

The Distant and Mechanised Glow of Eastern European Dance Parties EP Tracklisting:
Stream The EP HERE
Release Date: 04.29.08

01. Dance Parties [Distant] (MP3)
02. Dance Parties [Mechanised]
03. Goodbye, 2007
04. Antique Hyper Mall

65daysofstatic Selected Discography
Stream the sampler HERE
The Distant and Mechanized Glow of Eastern European Dance Parties EP (US/UK April 2008)
Hole EP (US 2008)
The Fall of Math LP (US 2008)
The Destruction of Small Ideas LP (UK/US 2007)
Don’t Go Down To Sorrow EP (UK/US 2007)
One Time For All Time LP (US 2006)
One Time For All Time LP (UK 2005)
Hole EP (UK 2004)
Retreat! Retreat! EP (UK 2004)
The Fall of Math LP (UK 2004)

65daysofstatic Live:
* w/ The Cure
05/12 Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena *
05/14 Montreal, PQ @ Bell Center *
05/15 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *
05/16 Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena *
05/17 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
05/18 St. Louis, MO @ 2 Cents Plain
05/19 Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre *
05/21 Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater *
05/22 Englewood, CO @ The Falcon
05/23 Salt Lake City @ E Center *
05/24 Boise, ID @ The Venue
05/25 George, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheater (The Sasquatch! Festival)
05/26 Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place *
05/28 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavillon
05/29 Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl *
05/30 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
05/31 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl *
06/01 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
06/02 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
06/03 San Diego, CA @ Cox Arena *
06/04 Phoenix, AZ @ Modified Arts
06/04 Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre *
06/06 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center *
06/07 Austin, TX @ Music Hall *
06/07 San Antonio, TX @ Rock Bottom
06/08 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
06/09 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center *
06/11 Tampa, FL @ St Pete Times Forum *
06/12 Orlando, FL @ The Social
06/13 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Bank Atlantic Center *
06/14 Gainsville, FL @ The Atlantic
06/15 Duluth, GA @ Gwinnett Civic & Cultural Center
06/16 Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Bobcats Arena *
06/18 Cleveland, OH @ Cleveland State University *
06/19 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
06/20 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden *
06/21 New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall *

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