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

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.

Naxatras – III

It’s a minor classic which offers a chilled out option from the usual spaced out intense affairs that the genre is known for. Both styles are good, Naxatras own theirs.

Killer Boogie – Acid Cream

‘Acid Cream’ is never going to change the world, and may also slip from your mind after a few months, but for its glorious short life it is destined to lift your spirits high.

Green Lung – Free The Witch

The UK doom scene seems to be solidifying itself again after a few years where it kind of lost its way. A new pack of bands are leading the charge and we can definitely add Green Lung to the ones to watch list.

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard / Slomatics – Totems

An excellent release from two bands ready to prove that doom can be intelligent, as well as prehistoric.

“the band whose name is symbol” – Droneverdose

Droneverdose is one of those albums which feels like it is an epoch defining moment, not just for Canadian psych, but in general too

Kuunatic – Kuurandia

The brevity adds to the mystery though, and allows us to revisit again and again to briefly lose ourselves within their world. It’s an unusual and quite lovely experience.

Geomancer – Khatt Al-Raml

As a debut release, this album will take some beating within the doom genre this year and with it, Geomancer have set themselves out as an exciting prospect.

Red River Dialect- Broken Stay Open Sky

Rarely do you get a sense of satisfaction and completion when an album finishes. When you do you know you have a rare beauty, and that’s just what Broken Stay Open Sky is, an album of breathtakingly rare beauty

Behold A Pale Horse – Behold A Pale Horse

There are rough edges, as expected from an early release, and often times the influences bear out, but it’s the delivery which makes this such an exciting proposition.

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