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 Cosmic Dead – Psych Is Dead

For all their claims of psych being dead, and on this basis one thinks they may actually know that’s not true, The Cosmic Dead have created one of the most psychedelic albums yet.

Lonely Robot – The Big Dream

If technical ability and deep concepts are your cup of tea then you’ll find much to enjoy here. For those who like their prog to have a bit of warmth and humanity you may struggle to attach yourself to it.

Big Hogg – Gargoyles

Maybe a bit too different for the usual prog fan, its hard to see where Big Hogg will find their niche, but by doing what they want to do, they will still find an audience. With the ability to cross over from breezy indie pop to prog they may have actually hit upon a wonderful formula.

John Richardson – The Fold

A debut album of this calibre is rare and when they come along they become something to treasure. To get an album as fully formed as ‘The Fold’ both musically and emotionally is like striking water in a desert.

The Sonic Dawn – Into The Long Night

The band will have their detractors for being so revivalist, but let your mind drift and cut away inhibitions and you have a great album which begs for repeated plays.

Pontiak – Dialectic Of Ignorance

Pontiak are at that point where they can pretty much do what they like and their fans will follow. They may be settling into a future of craft ales but it certainly hasn’t harmed their music making. In fact, you could even say it has revitalised them

Orange Clocks – Tope’s Sphere 2

Whether Orange Clocks are the band for you or not you’ll be hard-pushed to find a more original album this year.

Atavismo – Inerte

‘Inerte’ is the kind of album that creeps up on you. It’s inbuilt familiarity brought on by the obvious influences enables you to fall in step with the band easy enough.

Hills – Alive At Roadburn (with exclusive album stream)

Psych music should always be about exploring the confines of the song that has been created and Hills have certainly grasped that

Arbouretum – Song Of The Rose

Song Of The Rose sits well with the rest of Arbouretum’s music and its dependable Grizzly Adams nature is a reminder that beyond politics and pain, America is a country of wonderful beauty and power.

Damaged Bug – Bunker Funk

One gets the image of Dwyer hunkered over his synths almost like a mad scientist. Synths bubble and boil whilst Dwyer throws the knobs and switches to create ever more mysterious magic.

Gnoomes – Tschak

It’s early doors for 2017 but provided we all survive this year, Gnoomes should easily find Tschak at the top of those dastardly albums of the year lists. Exceptional.

The Mute Gods – Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth

In anyone else’s hands this whole concept would have failed badly. On paper it has all the traits that made prog rock such a parodied genre. In Beggs’ hands and through The Mute Gods, he creates a piece of work which at times is simply stunning.

Casual Nun – Psychometric Testing By… (Review + Exclusive Track Premiere)

Coming so soon of the back of their excellent debut, this is an extraordinarily confident piece of music, which takes their sound into ever different avenues.

Six Organs Of Admittance – Burning The Threshold

It’s a dense album and can take a good few listens before it sinks in. There’s a kind of addictiveness to it that makes you want to seek out more nuances, no doubt helped by the otherworldly shift in melodies which remain just out of reach to the listener.

The Pineapple Thief – Sound Control, Manchester

An exceptional night of music from one of the finest bands in the UK and surely now it is time for the rest of the world to take notice?

Blackfield – V

Blackfield V is an album to sink into. Much of it tends to creep up on you when you are least expecting it. On the surface, many of the songs sound thin but once they start to settle you start to realise the many layers that are here

The Paperhead – Chew

There’s a lot of nooks and crannies but ultimately it’s just a great little pop album and anyone with an interest in 60’s psych would do well to go here.

POW! – Crack An Egg

POW! take a hardcore punk ethic, dress it up in a futuristic sound, mellow it with some day-glo melodies then let it loose.

Echoes Of The Past: Pink Floyd – Animals

The new kings have risen and the world is once again on edge. Has there ever been a more relevant time for Pink Floyd’s oft forgotten opus?

The Underground Youth – What Kind Of Dystopian Hellhole Is This?

The Underground Youth have never shied away from making music that hits you in the gut and the heart. By broadening their sound they have become that much more powerful.

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