Jody Dunstan


I’m Jody, Manchester based Somerset ex-pat. Decided early on that I was a much better scientist than I was a musician. Still play guitar, mandolin and the odd bit of bass when required, if only as a hobby now.First live gig was Pink Floyd in 1994 and have seen many and varied bands since, everywhere from stadiums, cathedrals and even someone’s sofa and everything from metal bands to a string quartet.A wise man once said to me “There are only two types of music, stuff you like and stuff you don’t.”

Articles by Jody Dunstan

Down I Go – All Down the Church in Midst of Fire the Hellish Monster Flew, and Passing Onward to the Quire, He Many People Slew

It’s flawlessly carried out and a refreshing change from a lot of, shall we say, predictable, more of the same old, same old that passes off as heavy music recently.

James, Anya & Tina from Sœur

James, Anya & TIna from Sœur spoke to Echoes and Dust before a live show at Soup Kitchen in Manchester, March 15th 2019

Sœur • Trigger Thumb – Soup Kitchen, Manchester

Sœur are an unconventional band (dual guitars and vocals and drums with no bass) with an unconventional approach to songwriting; however, it just all sits perfectly together.

Ancestors – Suspended in Reflections

Suspended in Reflections is a really stunning piece of work, it’s dense, multi-layered and full of twists and turns. Patient in pace, occasionally exploding but it’s never overused. The band really show some musical talent, adding organ, strings and piano to what in places might be more straight forward post-metal.

Boss Keloid at ArcTanGent 2018

Boss Keloid, are a heavy, progressive, stoner-influenced band that’ve created a name for themselves with relentless touring and a blistering live show. After two critically acclaimed albums, The Calming Influence of Teeth (2013) and Herb Your Enthusiasm (2016). This year seems them expand their line-up, adding keyboards and a new bass player, signing to Holy Roar Records and releasing their new record, Melted on the Inch.

Jamie Lenman at ArcTanGent 2018

Jody Dunstan had a chat with ex-Reuben frontman and now solo artist Jamie Lenman before his storming set at ArcTanGent 2018 to talk about his creative process, life after Reuben, his live show and what keeps him creating music.

Svalbard – It’s Hard to Have Hope

In an era where there is so much generic, recycled ‘heavy’ music such an album is a refreshing change, hard to define, musically ambitious and well done.

Monolord • Conan – Rebellion, Manchester

Facemeltingly heavy, the sort of gig that takes a bit of time to recover from. It’s a real pleasure to watch two bands enjoying themselves and doing what they really love. Highly recommend to be experienced in person. Hearing protection recommended.

The Armed – Only Love

‘Only Love’ is interesting, sonically ambitious and in places, exciting. Brutal noise delivered with surgical precision.

Palm Reader – Braille

‘Braille’ shows a Palm Reader exploring and adding in other dimensions to their sound, whilst remaining uncompromising and heavy. A worthy addition to 2018’s already burgeoning heavy British releases.

Boss Keloid – Melted on the Inch

Boss Keloid’s third album is an evolution of the band’s sounds; still thunderously heavy and muscular, but with considerable depth and melody. Well worth the time needed to appreciate this album.

And So I Watch You From Afar – Manchester Academy 2

And So I Watch You From Afar are a band growing in confidence, they have honed their craft and mixed an excellent set including both older tracks and tracks from their most recent release and finding the right balance between them.

Justine Jones and Sammy Urwin from Employed To Serve

Jody Dunstan spoke to Justine and Sammy from Employed To Serve before a thunderous set at ArcTanGent 2017.

Luke, Joe, Nic and Paddy from Pijn

Jody Dunstan caught up with Luke, Joe, Nic and Paddy from Pijn prior to their stunning set at ArcTanGent 2017.

ArcTanGent Festival 2017

It’s somewhat difficult to sum up three days packed with music, of course, everyone has different highlights and what’s probably more important, new and interesting bands to explore. The only downside being that it is impossible to see everything!

The Tidal Sleep – Be Water

The Tidal Sleep are a band that is more than a some of its parts. Highly cohesive and capable of producing stunning waves of epic noise while still retaining melody and shape.

Rad Pitt – Pink

Listening through this album a few times I genuinely don’t understand why this band aren’t more well known. It’s nasty, brutish and short, full of anger and emotion.

Monolord and Pist – The Star & Garter, Manchester

I would urge anyone, either doom/sludge aficionados to anyone who likes music on the heavier edge to go and see Monolord live, a band who evidently thoroughly enjoy what they are doing, are expert musicians and fine purveyors of deep, filthy, heavy as hell doom and more fuzz than anyone could possibly want.

Rosk – Miasma

This is a standout debut from Rosk, unforgiving, brutal in places, serene and atmosphere in others. It demands attention from the listener, this attention is rewarded by being taken through a range of emotions and feelings and some interesting soundscapes.

Bossk, Ohhms and Vow – Rebellion, Manchester

The three bands all showed interesting and creative mixes of dynamics, sounds and energy. Vow, at the start of their journey, OHHMS rapidly becoming an consummate live act and Bossk, arguably at the top of their game.

Brutus – Burst

‘Burst’ is an excellent example of modern alternative rock, taking a variety of styles and blending them into something else.

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