65daysofstatic live @ The Button Factory, Dublin 18 January 2014...

Let’s get the rant out of the way first – the Dublin gig going experience is become an increasingly depressing affair. The idiots who think purchasing a ticket entitles them to chatter incessantly throughout the whole show are making life miserable for audience and bands alike. It’s disrespectful, rude and quite frankly, a massive pain in the arse for those who go along to see AND hear a band they have paid good money for. Rant over. Now, on to the show, and despite having to contend with a gaggle of guffawing buffoons, 65daysofstatic delivered a tight, punchy set that really hammered home just how good last year’s Wild Light album is. Though not sold out, there was a decent crowd at the Button Factory to welcome the Sheffield quartet back after a lengthy absence from these shores. Calling them a Post Rock band is slightly misleading – yes, they do play instrumental, guitar based Rock music, but they don’t adhere religiously to the Post Rock blueprint. Lengthy, slow building intros are eschewed, as 65daysofstatic go for the jugular straight from the off with their dense, rhythmic and muscular sound. There is a genuine attempt to engage with the audience, again marking them apart from their more sullen, remote Post Rock compatriots. They begin the set with the awesome opening cut from their Wild Light album – ‘Heat Death Infinity Splitter’ sounded like the end of the world; the slow-mo, drum heavy beat and sci-fi synths achieving maximum impact and from that point on, there was no let up. The occasional piano interlude in the middle of a song gave the audience time to catch their breath but older songs like ‘Dance, Dance, Dance’ and ‘Radio Protector’ were high octane affairs, and the band...