65daysofstatic: A nightmare for school photographers
65daysofstatic/Oran Mor, Glasgow/03.05.10
Do you enjoy touring? Your music seems to be more suited to lying in bed with your headphones on…
(Paul Wolinski, guitar): Touring is definitely what we prefer. The writing is strange, because when you’ve done it, it is amazing, but for us, the process has always been really, really hard. We made the last album record to listen to, because we didn’t want to try and recreate what we did live and we wanted to do something to make it an interesting record. But when it came to the touring part of it, we kinda shot ourselves in the foot a little bit, as translating those songs into the live arena didn’t work as well as we wanted it to. But with the new record, we made a conscious decision to strip down and made sure that we could play live every song on the record. It made this tour so much fun, so much fun.
What’s your favourite place to play in the UK?
Hmm…I don’t know. London is the hardest because we’re from Sheffield and we’re well away from the music industry. Whenever we’re in London the whole day is filled with ridiculous stuff and meetings and interviews, filling the entire day from start to finish. Although it doesn’t really matter where you are once the show starts. That’s a very diplomatic answer, isn’t it?
Do you have any particular memories of playing in Scotland?
Yeah, I’ve got loads. We played a place called the Casino Club in Glasgow. It was really weird, sort of working man’s club, with clip-art posters on the wall. There were about 20 hardcore 65 fans who braved the Scottish weather to get there, and then there were all these really confused people too who didn’t make us feel welcome at all. We also did a show in Edinburgh…with…what was the band called…too many, too many! Well, it was a show that was cancelled like four times a row. On the day of the show no-one knew what was going on and it got moved twice and it ended up in this place just off High Street – a rock nightclub, which was far too big for the show that we were doing. There were about three or four people there.
It says on your Wikipedia that no-one really knows the origin of your name. Care to clarify this?
The things on the Internet are far more interesting than anything I can tell you. I can tell you that no-one’s figured out the name yet, or I haven’t seen it on the Internet yet, so to reveal that would be a massive disappointment for everyone involved I think! The one I like best is about Guatemala and the fake war – there is a book about that. There were fake radio transmissions to the people of Guatemala. It was the CIA who did this, to try and put their own person in charge. It’s so creepy, but all of that really did happen. Anyway, that’s what would I tell people…had I not just revealed that it isn’t the reason behind our name.
I read one theory that if you were subjected to white noise for 65 days, you’d go insane?
I can imagine you would. I imagine it wouldn’t take 65 days. You could probably write a computer program that could generate a 65 day long song based in static.
If someone listened to your music for 65 days, would they go insane?
I think they wouldn’t like us very much by the end of it. I don’t think you can listen to any music for 65 days without doing some damage. But yeah, I’d like to think we especially would.
Is that your goal in life?
To damage people? Erm, no man. Well okay, let’s say yes, it’d make a good sound bite.