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

Psychic Lemon – Frequency Rhythm Distortion Delay

So that dangerous second album has turned out to be a remarkable achievement which cements Psychic Lemon as one of the most exciting and interesting bands in the UK at the moment, at least within the ever lengthening psychedelic circles

Vibravoid – Mushroom Mantras

The genes of the music obviously lie amongst the fore-bearers of Hawkwind and later Ozric Tentacles, but within that sound Vibravoid are their own trip which has now been happening for 20 years.

Charlottas Burnin’ Trio – From Nothing To Eternity

For Charlottas Burnin Trio, all we can ask is that we hear some more music very soon from them. These really are interesting times for psych.

Des Demonas – Des Demonas

Here they sound like a fresh gasp of air, much like Appetite For Destruction or Is This It? did. Here we may find another zeitgeist happening.

The Liminanas – Istanbul Is Sleepy

Unlikely to become a classic, but it adds some hefty meat to a great catalogue of songs.

Les Lekin – Died With Fear

It’s a very good album, from a band who look to have really found themselves. Great music for weird times.

Zong – Zong

As it stands, they have a rather special debut album on their hands which should take pride of place within any discerning psych collection.

Jungfrau – Glass Neck

Jungfrau are a band to watch and with music which is equal parts disturbing, ethereal, beautiful and psychedelic, you will want to stay the distance with them.

Plastic Crimewave Syndicate – Thunderbolt Of Flaming Wisdom

In a year where psych seems to have taken something of a back-seat in terms of pushing out the boundaries, Plastic Crimewave Syndicate have set an entire fucking firework underneath the whole scene

Cull – 2A/T3

With the psychedelic scene fighting to regain its underground status after a heady few years, Cull may well find themselves pushing at the forefront of the new crop of bands who are emerging

Daniel Cavanagh – Monochrome

This is no mere musicians folly either as ‘Monochrome’ provides a remarkable glimpse into a much more private musician, allowing a more personal nature to evolve outside of the bombastic progressiveness of his main job.

Trojan Horse – Fukushima Surfer Boys

The whole becomes a mutated beast of wonderful music, the kind that makes you realise that there are still bands out there who are unafraid to take chances and willing to progress in every sense of the word. It wouldn’t be too far wrong to suggest that this may be one of the essential albums of the year, both in the progressive community and outside.

Paradise Lost – Medusa

Devastatingly heavy, beautifully melodic and dark, Paradise Lost have released one of the great metal albums of the year.

The Necromancers – Servants Of The Salem Girl

It’s what you do with them that counts and on the basis of this album, The Necromancers could very well see themselves as the new leading lights.

Ruby The Hatchet – Planetary Space Child

Ruby The Hatchet are a band who are not afraid to stick to what they know and within their confines they are a tremendous band.

Radiation Flowers – Summer Loop

It’s the sound of a band coming into their own and finding their feet, and this makes for a rather exciting album

Couch Slut – Contempt

This is the sound of transgressive art in all its full glory, and album that takes your moral ideas and spits them right back at you.

Shooting Guns – Flavour Country

Instrumental heavy psych bands are ten a penny these days, few are as vital as Shooting Guns.

Earthling Society – Ascent To Godhead

It should come with a warning that only true psych heads need apply but that would spoil the fun for those wishing to dabble.

Grateful Dead: A Primer For The Long Strange Trip

With the recent 50th Anniversary celebrations, a new documentary showing on Amazon Prime, and the remaining core of the band selling out arenas across the US, Grateful Dead’s stock has never been higher. The strangest of bands in that they are cultural cornerstones of the hippy movement, and form an integral part of musical history, they nonetheless remain a cult band.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood- Barefoot In The Head

Rarely has an artist of such longevity sounded so invigorated as Chris Robinson does on this album. Behind its laid back feel is a bunch of songs which touch on all the tenets of Americana and in another time this album would be huge

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