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We Were Exploding Anyway

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65daysofstatic - one of the most arresting live acts on the circuit -- arrive at album four reborn. A break in momentum has given them the breathing space necessary to revaluate their artistry and to focus on fresh ambitions. From the underground, over; out of the basements and into the light: this is the Sheffield quartet as you've never heard them before. 65days scored an unlikely hit in 2004 with their debut album, The Fall Of Math. 2005's One Time For All Time, furthered their already enviable reputation. Audiences got larger still. In 2007 they released The Destruction Of Small Ideas - album three was supported not only by domestic treks up motorways and down A roads, but also by worldwide touring alongside The Cure. 2008's We Were Exploding Anyway is 65days anew. Now in a deluxe edition complete with the 'Heavy Sky' EP, and featuring guest vocals from Robert Smith of The Cure, this is not a rock band with a bit of glitch on the side, all guitars with the slightest semblance of high-BPM beat-craft as underlay; it's a not-so-distant dance party, the purest euphoria as earworms that dig deep an nestle tight. It's an arms aloft salute to the thrill of letting yourself go in the tide, and riding that rush 'til it leaves you breathless but so prepared to go around again. We were Exploding Anyway is a game-changer from a band that has only ever followed its own rules, and now they're broken. Don't pick up the pieces. Leave them. Dance over them.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mountainhead
  2. Crash Tactics
  3. Dance Dance Dance
  4. Piano Fights
  5. Weak4
  6. Come To Me
  7. Go Complex
  8. Debutante
  9. Tiger Girl

Disc: 2

  1. Tiger Girl [Wishful Thinking Edit] [Edit][*]
  2. Sawtooth Rising [*]
  3. The Wrong Shape [*]
  4. Px3 [*]
  5. Pacify [*]
  6. Beats Like a Helix [*]
  7. Guitar Cascades [*]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 8, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: MONOTREME RECORDS
  • ASIN: B005OSFROM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Bruce Dawson on December 12, 2013
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A great follow up to last year's efforts. This band it trying to become more accessible without losing their edge for the type of music that they do. This is a good but not great album, it won't make my top 10, but will make the top 15!
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65daysofstatic is an (almost) entirely instrumental band that relies heavily on ecstatic, wild rhythms, loud guitars, and lots of viral noises such as static, grunts, and even a few sighs and breaths thrown in there. Their earlier albums tend to sound raw and unfinished, which is part of their charm. This album surprised me in that it sounds a lot less abrupt and random and a lot more polished. One of my personal favorites is "Tiger Girl", a song which could be mistaken for something off a trance album, but is definitely a part of 65days. There really isn't a song on here that doesn't let you know that these guys are consistently improving in their writing and playing abilities.
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In the 6 years since their superb debut album `Fall of Math', 65dos have kept to their signature template of scatterbeats + Mogwai guitar dynamics and never been less than good. They found something, and made it their own.

In a recent BBC radio DJ set, 65dos mixed MIA, New Order, trashy pop and a wider range of tastes than their music had previously hinted at and this album really bears witness to that breadth. It's bound to polarize fans: gone is the testosterone-soaked atmosphere, replaced by a bold bright aesthetic perfect for clubs and maybe even stadiums.

Let's start where "We were exploding anyway" ends: "Tiger Girl". Nothing captures the spirit of adventure as well as this thunderous 10 minute epic - sporting a 4-to-the-floor, fully tooled-up techno beat, (somewhat reminiscent of Underworld's "Born Slippy"). Bringing a decade of practice, 65dos know how to amp up the pressure higher and higher, giving you a sense of what might happen in a battle between the Berlin Philharmonic and the Berlin Love Parade. Finally, Pink Floyd guitars crest the wave tips and (I swear to God) cannons show up. It's absolutely huge and fearless. Yeah: we have moved on. You coming?

Right ahead of that (working backwards) "Debutante"; probably the best place to start if you wanted to try out the album - it's a more considered mix of old and new, but utterly radiant all the same. One thing 65dos have learned beyond all their peers is how to mix the energy of a live drum and guitar sound with completely synthesized textures, and the result has a urgency and energy that I can't say I've heard before. 65dos bring the rock band to new places: stealing from pop and baroque, house music and prog-rock.
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I am so very happy to report that 65daysofstatic's new album is absolutely nothing like The Destruction of Small Ideas. And thank goodness too.

Not that I don't like the "post rocking" sounds of their previous album. It just got old. Fast.

Luckily, The Destruction of Small Ideas had a nice little seed planted in it, the "techno with live instruments" sound of The Distant & Mechanized Glow of Eastern European Dance Parties. This seed went on to create the overlooked yet insanely good EP of the same name. This became my favorite electronic album, period. I love it, I can't get enough of it, and it gave me hope of better albums to come.

Here is that better album. This is the watershed moment for 65days, because it shows them merging the aggressive rock of their earlier albums with the full-throttle techno of their last EP.

It's an incredible album. So incredible, in fact, that even Robert Smith's vocals can't ruin it or even knock it down a star.

This album doesn't blur the boundary between electronic music and rock music, it demolishes it. And the results are refreshing.
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