65daysofstatic – Academy 3
Ok, so the picture will win no awards, but that’s the view I get at most gigs, so at least there’s a sense of realism here.
I was hoping for so much more from this gig. I like the albums by this bunch of Sheffield post-rocking glitch types and I’d thought that they’d translate well live. In fact, I thought it would be an evening of explosions and rushes owing to their quite/loud formula – something that always seems to do it for me. Alas, no. Whilst bands such as Godspeed and Mogwai lull you into a blissful state of unawareness then bludgeon you with brick-bat guitars, this lot just went straight for said weapons…repeatedly and predictably. In some ways, I like being awarded the loud bits through having to endure the fiddly bits. I left tonight with no such rewards.
It’s almost as if they were trying too hard. Sure, they jump around a lot, the drummer is quite something to behold and the front-man (if you can go that far – he talked between some of the songs) had perfectly conditioned hair, but the desire to please was, again, brick-batted. Projected slogans of environmental destruction and impact of the tour just made me sigh.
But then again I was very, very drunk….
Retreat! Retreat! – 65daysofstatic
Friend of the Night – Mogwai
Buy 65day’s ‘The Destruction of Small Ideas’ here