Monday, 10 May 2010

65daysofstatic @ Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

I arrived at the venue around about 8:30 with a couple of bros. Electronic three piece Nedry took to the stage, armed with two laptops/guitars, a couple of synthesizers and an asian woman. Nedry combined elements of trip hop bands such as Portishead and Massive Attack fused with modern day dubstep/drum and bass. Lead singer Ayu thrashed and stumbled around the stage whilst laying down some haunting vocals, like a kid who has drunk too much fizzy pop.

Next up was one man glitch artist, Loops Haunt. Loopybro looked like he was having a seizure all over his equipment regularly almost knocking his equipment off his desk. The music was disjointed and felt like it was created by a kid with A.D.D. It felt like too much was going on at once. This may feel like a negative review, but he had his up points (if not many), and felt like he fitted as a support act.

40 minutes later, 65daysofstatic took to the stage. This is the third time I've seen them, and had high expectations, as they blew me away previously. These expectations were easily surpassed. They laid down a constant ferocious assault of noise and electronica, with each member giving it their all. The band played a collection of old and new songs, blasting through each one without giving you a chance to recuperate. As a band, they have certainly progressed over the years, and yet they can still play their old songs just as flawlessly as their newest ones.

The venue was buzzing with energy, as the members scrambled around whilst the crowd spazzed around to their tightly-knit jamz, one of which included the line "these aren't the droids you are looking for". The bass player looked like he was possessed, whilst the lead guitarist at points seemed to be channelling Radiohead's Thom Yorke. The band ended their set with new song Tiger Girl, a ten minute electronic jam, which steadily builds up culminating in an electronic frenzy. As the members of the band left the stage, the venue shook with roars for an encore. After a couple of minutes the band returned to the stage to play fan favourite; Radio Protector - a song which starts off with a chilling piano line, which suddenly explodes into a frantic frenzy. I may not be a fan of the direction the band has taken on the new album, but this is a band that mustn't be missed live.

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