Martyn Coppack

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I was raised out of steel in the swamps of New Jersey, well, at least I like to think so. The reality is a mundane town in North Wales called Wrexham. After years of trying to escape via the means of sex, drugs and rock and roll (well, two of them are right!) I eventually settled down to a life of nappies and office work. This wasn't enough though and that urge to be Keith Richards just kept creeping up…that's when I met Dan. Like a collision of two worlds, a grand meeting of minds or just pure luck, I pestered Dan with my rather basic scrawlings on unknown punk bands only for the reply to be, you are able…join us…and so it was. I love music and I love writing so to do both is a no-brainer really. I may be the resident old school rocker of E&D but the truth could not be further away. Put aside my Springsteen fixation and you will find a nice sweet person who, when put in front of a typewriter, becomes a cross between Bukowski, Thompson and Bangs. Beware any bands who try to mollycoddle me into a good review, I bite. All music is good but in particular it has to be Americana, psych and garage for me. E&D has given me the opportunity to push my beliefs onto other people and I am forever grateful. May this go on forever! As a side note, I stilll to this day do not understand what Post-Rock is. Â

Articles by Martyn Coppack

Papernut Cambridge – Outstairs Instairs

Whilst there may be a dearth of bands influenced by the classic sound of British psych, it only serves to make Papernut Cambridge that much more special. When listening to their music you feel as if a hole in time has opened and offered you a glimpse of what it used to be like.

Mansun – Attack Of The Grey Lantern (Remastered)

A welcome reissue by one of the more interesting bands of the Britpop period. Maybe now they will get the recognition they deserve.

Black Helium – Primitive Fuck (Review + Exclusive Track Premiere)

Primitive Fuck is one of those albums which has seemingly come from nowhere, yet carries all the hallmarks of a future classic which may well allow the band to carry on experimenting within their field.

The Re-Stoned – Stories Of The Astral Lizard

Taking their cue from the slow morbidity of Pink Floyd, and letting the looseness of free-form experimentalism guide the way, they have created an album which is at times frustratingly pedestrian, but also satisfyingly uplifting once they hit their stride.

Petyr – Smolyk

The wheels are set loose on Petyr with this album, and they can claim their place amongst their peers on the San Diego scene as the rude, noisy awakening, when all around are still lost in space.

Howlin’ Rain – The Alligator Bride

They may have held back on some of their more rockier aspects but in doing so, find a wonderful vibe. The relaxed nature of the album becomes its theme, and with it, we find a newfound pleasure from this most excellent band.

Gwenno – Ty Pawb, Wrexham

“I have never felt as happy as I have in this place…” exclaims Gwenno Saunders as she takes to the stage, and with a crowd hanging off her every word, who can blame her.

The Fierce And The Dead – The Euphoric

The Euphoric is an album which unfolds over a series of listens to ultimately become your best friend.

The Left Outsides – All That Remains

If any album deserves to be the sleeper hit of the year it is this one, and it should find itself perched high when it comes to the inevitable albums of the year.

The Switching Yard – Yet Again

For pure unbridled psychedelic energy and fuzz, The Switching Yard have hit the nail on the head with Yet Again..

Earthling Society Interview: Fred Laird

Whilst psych music has taken many forms over the last few years, few bands have managed to dive deeper into what it actually means to be psychedelic than Earthling Society. Riding high on the back of the excellent Ascent To Godhead, Earthling Society are still very much an underground concern. For any true connossieur of psych though, they remain an essential part of the scene. Martyn Coppack chats to Fred Laird from the band.

Black Rainbows – Pandaemonium

As far as Black Rainbows albums go, ‘Pandaemonium’ delivers the usual thrills and spills, only this time they misfire on more occasions than they hit.

The Watchers – Black Abyss

If your idea of manna is a band who incorporate the best bits of High On Fire and Rainbow then The Watchers are the ones for you.

Echoes Of The Past: Iron Maiden – Live After Death

Even after all these years ‘Live After Death’ ranks is one of the greatest live albums ever.

Trembling Bells – Dungeness

Music like this should be celebrated and loved for its creativity, joy and artfulness. The entire album is an absolute joy from start to finish.

High Reeper – High Reeper

Whilst High Reeper are competent in what they are doing, by staying way in their comfort zone they simply become a little derivative.

JIRM – Surge Ex Monumentis

If ever a band were on peak form it is JIRM and with ‘Surge Ex Monumentis’ they have created something of a masterpiece. A superb listen from beginning to end which never lets up, and continues to bring new thrills on each listen.

Monumentals – Irregular Heads

Whilst this is not an album which you will find yourself visiting much, it’s very nature of mixing such elements of ambience together makes you reach for it as a kind of soothing pill. We need this kind of experimentalism and adventure in music

Blown Out / Comacozer – In Search Of Highs Volume 1

Where this series of splits goes next, we will have to wait to see, but as a starter for ten it really doesn’t get much better than this.

Interview: Brett Savage of Dead Sea Apes

Over the course of their musical career, Dead Sea Apes have slowly developed into a band that, whilst they are generally labelled psych, are so much more. Not the kind of band to rest on their laurels and release a “greatest hits” style album, Recondite is a parallel view of Dead Sea Apes journey so far. Echoes And Dust asked Brett Savage to talk us through the new/old album and explain where these tracks fit in to the DSA story

Wedge – Killing Tongue

This isn’t retro music, this is timeless music. And that’s what rock and roll is at the end of the day. Buy this album, buy a copy for your parents. Play it loud and live life.

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