Jean Abreu's Inside and 65daysofstatic

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Right after the Tuesday performance of Inside I had an interview lined up with Paul and Joe of 65daysofstatic about their involvement in Jean Abreu's dance piece. The band had gotten involved of when Abreu contacted them about using their music for performance, but apparently it's only become a live show in the past six months or so. I hadn't seen the show yet when I talked to them, so when I asked them about the music they were playing - mainly older things - they confirmed that it was all stuff that they didn't usually play live so that, in a way, it was like learning new music all over again. While the band does perform live, they're not one hundred percent visible. They get some lights to see the instruments their playing, but they're elevated and behind the stage, vaguely hidden behind prison bars that come down from the ceiling. As for playing music to a fairly strictly choreographed production, they were used to playing with drum and glitch machines - so it was already fairly straightforward.

When asked whether they've heard from any fans that came to watch the show - expecting to see them - they responded about the lack of Internet at their current living quarters in Portobello so that they didn't really know anything about how the show was being received - even though it had been selling out for the past two days. On a more band-related note Joe revealed that they had a new album on the way (as well as the single set to be released on the 16th) that consisted of songs that hadn't made it onto the most recent album, not because they were worse but because they didn't really fit in. They said they were gearing up to start touring again - but weren't making any promises about when and where they would be stopping (obviously I urged them to play Edinburgh again, and not during exam time).

Once that I did get around to seeing the actual performance, I was very much impressed. I'm not usually one for dance pieces (I once got suckered into seeing a ballet version of Edward Scissorhands, not pleasant) but this was impressive. The score certainly helped, but there were some incredibly smart moves (I don't know whether they were incredibly inventive, cause like I said, I'm no expert here), and in no way was this a happy dance piece. It was aggressive (how couldn't it be with a 65dos soundtrack?) and drew a dark picture about imprisonment.

If I had been a bit more organized and less overworked I would also have been able to interview Jean Abreu about the entire performance, sadly, I was neither of those things, but the brief moments that I spoke to him he sounded extremely excited and was really friendly and understanding.

Tomorrow is the last day of their performance. Go and see it if you get a chance, if not, there might be a DVD in the making.  

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