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  • Audio CD (26 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hassle Records
  • ASIN: B0037KCXEQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Having pushed instrumental guitar music through textural and tempo barriers for three albums before this one, 65daysofstatic have now reeled in the complexity and instead emphasised volume and dynamics. We Were Exploding Anyway seems to dispense with the subtlety and glitch-laden rock of yore, replacing it with the kind of cavern-defying hooks that The Prodigy, or even drum’n’bass goons Pendulum, could hinge their entire careers on.

Of course without the lessons learned through almost 10 years of touring, plus a massive coup in the form of an arena support slot with The Cure last year, We Were Exploding Anyway may well have hit jagged rocks with such an approach. 65daysofstatic transcend the competitive loud war by layering simple, effective and evocative ideas akin to an aural acropolis of cards.

The gargantuan centrepiece of the record begins with the Robert Smith-smeared Come to Me, which alights upon ambient hums before signature electronic bell percussion sets in. Within three minutes the track has begun pounding and The Cure's vocalist is looped upon a churning, ebbing thrash parading as a dance anthem. The ebullient flow streams across eight minutes and yet it's still difficult to shake upon its abrupt end. This is followed by Go Complex, an ominous Ministry of Sound death-rattle that bellows scintillating air raid grooves over itself. If club music imploded, this is probably what it would sound like. The only problem is that these two opposed beasts are so all-consuming that it may feel that this black hole core is all everything else leads up to.

Nevertheless, the streamlined digital punch of opener Mountainhead captures the freshly mutated forms of previous work – the lead guitar lines, the lateral drumming, and the technological seething underneath. Crash Tactics and Weak4 hold their own by virtue of 65days' insatiable beat patterns and jerky stop-start crescendos. Dance Dance Dance in particular has an astonishing tribal breakdown a minute-and-a-half in, which could stampede across synapses in a deliriously exhilarating fashion. So, even without the aforementioned central themes, this album still engages the listener with its intense and shuddering sonic trauma. 

More than anything the live setting seems made for every single one of these songs, rather than the other way around. From being a fringe concern – albeit one with an underground reputation worthy of rabid devotion – 65daysofstatic have grasped hitherto unimagined opportunities, capitalised on experiences and brought an eclectic yet huge arsenal with which to entice newcomers and open-minded veteran travellers with. --Brad Barrett

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Sheffield post rock band 65daysofstatic hold two special places on the "mantelpiece" in this humble abode. The first is the trophy for one of the greatest piano instrumentals of recent years the truly awe inspiring "Radio Protector" from "One time for all time" and other for possibly the greatest song title from any British band the wonderfully named "Install a Beak In the Heart That Clucks Time In Arabic". You can only gap in awe at moments of inspiration like that! Indeed one of my favourite reviews on Amazon of this band comes from the reviewer who argued simply that there debut album "the Fall of Math" was "Aphex Twin and Mogwai meet down an alley in Sheffield. There's a scuffle, someone gets glassed. This is the result..".

This quote speaks volumes and well done "City Park" whoever you are. It still partly holds some truth although on this new album 65dos mark a move away from post rock to a clearer post noughties techno/electronica with some echoes of the Fk Buttons, Scuba, Pendulum and even the Prodigy. It makes for an album that Mike Myers in Wayne's World would describe as "Intensity in 10 cities" and like the great Tarot Sport it is chock full of filthy distortion and noise as waves of squall are layered like the sonic booms of multiple jet engines.

The album starts with "Mountainhead" with the sort of arpeggiated synthesizers so beloved of the Orbital but with a punch so sadly lacking from their latter albums. One of my favourite tracks is "Dance Dance, Dance" with its huge African sounding tribal drums and it has so much pace and verve that it could catch a cheetah.
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This album is excellent, and I have lost count of the number of times I have listened to it... Sometimes I get lost in it for months at a time...
Classic 65DOS, fast bits, slow bits, heavy bits, soft bits, all in a wonderful mix! there is soooo much depth to the 65DOS sound it takes a lot of listens to be able to hear everything in the music but if you get it up loud on an excellent stereo then it is a phenomenal experience...!
I like 65DOS, and this album is awesome :-D
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I absolutely loved Fall Of The Math and One For All Time but for me the album that came after those two (The Destruction Of Small Ideas) was no where near as good. This new album though is back up there with the other two, with a slightly different style but still easily recognisable as 65DoS - if you were a fan of the first two albums then I would definitely recommend picking this one up.
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Probably my least listened to 65dos album but that doesn't mean to say it's bad. It's certainly heading in a different direction and it'll be interesting to see if the band keep on this road, or come back to their guitar heavy past. It's still a good album and I'll still give a 5 but The Fall of Math is a 6
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A new album from 65DaysOfStatic is always a special moment for me, and this one has been no exception.

We Were Exploding Anyway is an onslaught of noisy metal guitars and hypnotic looping techno beats, perfectly melded to transport your tired brain to a better place. From the pounding drums and dirty bass that open Mountainhead, to the gentle fade at the end of the glorious Tiger Girl, there's barely any let up in the proceedings, and that suits me just fine.

As with any 65dos record, listening to it is more akin to a religious experience than a simple record. Put it on through a pair of half decent headphones, crank up the volume, and let it take you away to a better place.

Beautiful.
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