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Experimental rockers 65daysofstatic are off on tour and are set to play Sage Gateshead on Saturday 24th November. Before that, we caught up with  Paul Wolinski from the band and found out a little bit more…

So, tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
A band called 65daysofstatic. We shuffle around the less economically-viable corners of the music industry making big shapes of noise and turning them into records and live shows and other things.

What’s the first record you ever bought?
3AM Eternal by KLF on 7inch at the Woolworths in Houghton le Spring.

What’s your guilty pleasure musically?
I don’t feel guilty listening to any kind of music. It’s interesting that this is still a question that is asked though, isn’t it? It seems like a bit of a window into the endlessly complex layers of social relations from which musical meaning emerges in our brains. I know music has certain physiological effects but ‘guilty pleasure’ is deffo a social construct. How did the idea that some music should be considered embarrassing to listen to ever emerge? What’s all that about? It’s divisive. People should listen to whatever they want with no shame.

Favourite film of all time?
I’m trying not to be antagonistic but films as forms of art and entertainment have so many different intentions and ways to affect people, so I don’t know of a way to compare them that makes sense. I never want to see The Act of Killing again even though it was one of the most compelling, amazing pieces of cinema I ever sat through. I’ll never say no to watching Jurassic Park, but these days am I really seeing it for what it is or is it mostly a way to evoke the memory of how it felt being 13 years and seeing the T-Rex attack the jeep for the first time? At some point long ago I think The Fifth Element, somehow, was my favourite film. At another point it was The Thing. Apocalypse Now, Stalker and pretty much everything Kubrick did all seem to stand up to the passing of time quite well.

Your guilty pleasure film?
There will always be times when straight-to-Netflix trash is exactly the kind of anaesthetic my brain needs to get through the day and/or put me to sleep. Absolute, beyond bad, unimaginative, utterly depressing filmmaking. But I don’t feel guilty about that. Feeling guilty would suggest it’s somehow my fault that these films exist. It’s not my fault. It just how capitalism works isn’t it. Maybe I feel guilty about still being subscribed to Netflix.

If you could recommend one TV series to binge watch, what would it be?
The Wire but probably don’t bother with the last season. Or Twin Peaks.

Your favourite book?
I’ve not read them all yet so hard to say for sure. The last one I read that left a mark that will stay forever was Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman.

Who or what makes you laugh the most?
65daysofstatic and our associated comrades.

Who or what makes you sad?
Tories.

If you had super power, what would it be?
Redistribution of wealth. Laser-eyes.

And finally, you get to play a board game with any three famous people from history, who do you choose and what’s the board game?
Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Marx, Lenin. Monopoly.

65daysofstatic play Sage Gateshead on Saturday 24th November.

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