Interview: Paul Wolinski, one quarter of intrumental post-rock band 65daysofstatic
‘The music is a way to explain all the stuff there aren't any words for'
‘The music is a way to explain all the stuff there aren't any words for,' says Paul Wolinski who makes up one quarter of post-rock instrumental four piece 65daysofstatic. 'It's why we started writing music in the first place – because, to me personally, I can never find the right words. There's something undeniably powerful about hearing the human voice but it's by no means essential, just think of the hundreds of years of classical music.'
Their complex rhythms, fractured beats and excursions into the outer reaches of rock often succinctly capture a mood and an atmosphere. 'If you have a song with lyrics it's more anchored to a particular meaning whereas when there are no lyrics the same song can mean an infinite number of different things.' One of their more recent projects was composing a new soundtrack to sci-fi movie Silent Running for the Glasgow Film Festival (which they went on to tour and released via crowd-funding site Indie Gogo) while Robert Smith of The Cure provided vocals on 'Come to Me' from 2010's We Were Exploding Anyway.
Their new album Wild Light is a complex mix of guitar lines, drums and cut-up electronic sounds; however it's also surprisingly user-friendly. 'We don't want to be avant-garde or experimental – we've always tried to make music as accessible as possible,' explains Wolinski. 'It might not come across like that, with strange time signatures and being quite noisy, but nevertheless our aim has never been to exclude, but include.'
The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Sun 22 Sep.