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

Skunk – Doubleblind

Get those battle jackets back out and let’s return to a more innocent time, of only for the forty or so minutes of this album. Bow down before the riff and relive your inner metal star.

Gov’t Mule – Revolution Come, Revolution Go

‘Revolution Come. Revolution Go’ sits well amongst their other releases, and may actually be their most fulfilling studio release so far.

Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly – On Her Journey To The Sun

Whilst his day job may attract all the plaudits, Sjöblom’s Gungfly music is nothing short of remarkable and anyone with a passing interest in him should take time to explore this album.

Hey Colossus – The Guillotine

They are a band who deserve all the success they get and this album certainly does them a lot of favours. Not as noisy or as urgent as in the past, Hey Colossus just staked a claim for a wider share of the spoils, and for that we celebrate them.

White Hills – Stop Mute Defeat

Thematically it continues to dissect and engage in a political manner, always intelligent, forever questioning. Musically, it’s probably their most interesting yet with the sparse nature allowing for the instruments to breathe. White Hills have always been a great band, here they become essential.

Ecstatic Vision – Raw Rock Fury

If you have ever felt that burning heart of rock and roll then Ecstatic Vision have delivered a treat, a sermon if you will.

Pond – The Weather

Pond may be old hands at this game now but on the basis of The Weather they’re certainly not finished yet. An album of sweet highs and delicious lows, they avoid the over sickly psych that is prevalent with this kind of sound and deliver an album which may well be recognised as the defining sound of the summer.

Anubis – The Second Hand

Pour yourself a drink, stick your headphones on, and lose yourself in the story for a while. You’ll enjoy it.

Steve Hackett – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Martyn Coppack saw Steve Hackett on his Genesis Revisited tour. “Nearly three hours later, we have been taken on a journey with the Hackett being the thread that has bound us all together. It’s almost too much to take in at first and its only later as the energy drifts off, that you realise what an astonishing show you have just seen.”

Giöbia – Magnifier

It’s a work of tripped out intensity and ticks all the boxes for the discerning psychonaut. An impressive and far out album.

The Vacant Lots – Endless Nights

On this album they create urgent spikes of electro mixed with a heady rock and roll, the kind that’s missing so much these days. They keep it minimal which works in their favour and over its brief life, this album takes you to the dark underbelly of the city.

Greg Spawton from Big Big Train

Echoes and Dust’s very own Big Big Train fanatic Martyn Coppack caught up with Big Big Train founding member Greg Spawton to find out all about what makes the band tick. Pour yourself a glass of ale and join us for this epic journey aboard the train…

Big Big Train – Grimspound

Taken on its own merits Grimspound can easily be regarded as a triumph, when put in context with the thematic concerns and how it fits in with previous BBT albums it is nothing short of remarkable

Field Recordings: an interview with Matt Stevens

With the imminent release of their new live album Field Recordings, Martyn Coppack talks to The Fierce And The Dead guitarist and genial prog gentleman Matt Stevens. Much like the proverbial prog rock song with its ever changing moods, the conversation veered towards Slayer, “weird music”, gigging and Marxist biscuits…

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.

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