Jody Dunstan

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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

Brutus – Burst

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

Niklas “Dango” Källgren from Truckfighters

When Swedish stoner rockers Truckfighters played at The Ruby Lounge in Manchester last month Jody Dunstan caught up with guitarist Niklas “Dango” Källgren.

Dreare – Blank and Forward

‘Blank and Forward’ is dark, atmospheric, sometimes sparse, sometimes heavy, never predictable. I advise to get some headphones, lie in a darkened room and immerse yourself in it.

On Broken Wings – Disintegrator

Heavy music has had a great few years with several ‘comeback’ albums, this one, unfortunately doesn’t hit the mark for me. – By Jody Dunstan

Jinjer – King of Everything

Jinjer have something unusual, in a world of one-dimensional metalcore acts they have a vocalist with an incredible vocal range backed by some talented musicians and the ability to create some interesting and complex music. – By Jody Dunstan

Live Review: Cleft, Alpha Male Tea Party and Body Hound

Jody Dunstan saw Cleft play one of their last ever gigs in Manchester last month, with support coming from Alpha Male Tea Party and Body hound. “Although a genre that will never make the mainstream it is good to see so many people crammed into a small space enjoying the evening. “

Black Foxxes – I’m Not Well

Black Foxxes are a refreshing alternative to the anodyne, ‘alternative’ music all too common at the moment. – By Jody Dunstan

Mothertongue – Unsongs

‘Unsongs’ is a whirlwind journey through various styles, tempos and feeling. I get this won’t really hit the mainstream, but it’s a shame because it really is bloody good. – By Jody Dunstan

Solomon Grey – Solomon Grey

Solomon Grey are a pleasure to listen to, hard to categorize them as any one particular genre. SG’s output includes movie soundtracks and the cinematic and classical touches come across on this album. Wilson and Kingston are a talented pair creating varied and complex music whilst still remaining memorable. By Jody Dunstan

Live Review: Solomon Grey, Easy Kill and Keeva – Ziferblat, Manchester

“The atmosphere felt more like a house party than a gig – relaxed and intimate,” by Jody Dunstan

White Noise Radio – Debut EP

White Noise Radio are an exciting and dynamic band producing complex and interesting music. By Jody Dunstan

Below A Silent Sky – Corrosion

There are some great tracks on this record, but it doesn’t seem to work well as a whole. Some of the tracks feel rushed and the mood changes too fast. This may be a symptom of a band brimming with ideas, which may bode well for the future as they develop and mature. – By Jody Dunstan

Live: Mutoid Man, Palm Reader, Trojan Horse. Deaf Institute, Manchester 21st October 2015

Mutoid Man gave a masterclass in how a three piece metal band should be; fast, loud, technically excellent and loving it. Awesome. By Jody Dunstan

Live Review: Between the Buried and Me – Gorilla, Manchester. September 18th, 2015.

Jody Dunstan saw North Caroline’s progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me in Manchester. “It’s just a shame that things didn’t seem to hang quite right.”

Live: Man and the Echo @ The Night & Day Cafe, Manchester. 15 August 2015

Man and the Echo do certainly have something about them, a catchy tune or two, a bit of indie charm and some meaningful lyrics. By Jody Dunstan

Live Review: And So I Watch You From Afar and Mylets – Gorilla, Manchester. 29th April, 2015

“This is a band at the top of their game, if there is a better live band at the moment please let me know,” by Jody Dunstan.

Live Review: Los Trasgos Muertos, Barbado Slim, Elle Mary & the Bad Men at the Castle Hotel, Manchester. 6th February, 2015

“A great set to finish a good evening entertainment, with a shed ton of variety and energy,” by Rob Batchelor.

ZOAX – Is Everybody Listening?

This is a mature and confident sounding EP with well-crafted songs and that keep you hoping for more. It’s short and sharp, heavy while still remaining melodic. – By Jody Dunstan

Festival Review: Rifffest – The Ruby Lounge, Manchester. 31st Jan-1st Feb, 2015

A top-drawer quality night of music, a receptive, if small, crowd in a small, friendly environment. A few bands tonight will for sure have gained a few new fans. By Jody Dunstan & Gavin Davison

Empty Yard Experiment – Kallisti

Diversity, some real technical ability and creativity with the ability to build a track to a crescendo, this band evidently know each other well, but I think this will only grow and develop in the future. – By Jody Dunstan

Phineas Gage – Pre​-​Emptive Strike

This EP has some great and diverse musicality and shows the band’s wide influences well. The tracks are fantastically produced and mixed. The music is complex, but sections are drawn into the fore really well. Keep an eye out for these guys. – By Jody Dunstan

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