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English instrumental post-rock outfit 65daysofstatic were originally formed in 2001 by Joe Shrewsbury, Paul Wolinski, and Iain Armstrong. Their guitar-led melodies and live drums are combined with sampled drums and atmospheric moments that are akin to contemporaries Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Explosions in the Sky. That year Armstrong left the band and they recruited drummer Rob Jones and bassist Simon Wright to expand their sound. They went on to release their debut album, The Fall of Math, in 2004 on their own label, Dustpunk Records. The record was well received and the band amassed a cult-like fan base following a nationwide tour. Following this success, they entered the studio to record an EP in 2005, but they instead wrote their second full-length, One Time for All Time. They toured heavily throughout the year and into 2006 before laying down new tracks -- with contributions from members of the Mirimar Disaster, Digitonal, and Circle Takes the Square -- for their third album, The Destruction of Small Ideas, which arrived the following year. They were invited to join the Cure on their tour of the States in 2008, and the following year released Escape from New York -- a live album featuring performances from their shows at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. Their fourth album, We Were Exploding Anyway, arrived in 2010 and marked the band's shift to more electronic influences and away from the post-rock arrangements of their previous work. This migration was aided with the release later that same year of the EP Heavy Sky, which predominately illustrated their electronic influences and the introduction of more synthesizers and samples. During a busy few years, 65daysofstatic undertook an IndieGoGo project to fund their alternate soundtrack to the science fiction film Silent Running. The original performance was commissioned by the Glasgow Film Festival to perform the new score live at the 2011 festival. Their successful IndieGoGo campaign saw the soundtrack recorded later that year and issued to the contributors as a limited-edition vinyl release. Their fifth full-length album, Wild Light, arrived in 2013 and saw the band reintroduce some of the guitar-driven elements of their earlier work. ~ Scott Kerr

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2001 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Years Active:

'00s, '10s