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

Earthling Society – Zen Bastard

If you want to experience what true psych is then you simply need to listen to Earthling Society. Each release provides something different and Zen Bastard can stand tall amongst them.

Once. & Future Band – Once. & Future Band

Very rarely a band comes along which stops you in your tracks. Once & Future Band are certainly one of them and we look forward to seeing what they produce next.

Singapore Sling – Kill Kill Kill (Songs About Nothing)

Whilst the roots of the music are plain to see, the pure vitality that races through this album makes it one of unexpected intensity and joy.

Ty Segall – Ty Segall

For all his panderings a retro nostalgia, Segall remains very much of the now and whilst he is steeped in rock and roll classicism, his incessant urge to create and recreate pushes through.

Irma Vep – No Handshake Blues

No Handshake Blues won’t be to everyone’s taste but if you are looking for a gloriously miserable start to 2017 then you need look no further. Grab yourself a whiskey, some stale cheese from the cupboard and a mirror, listen and ponder your existence.

Islet – Liquid Half Moon

This EP is a welcome return from one of the best bands around at the moment and once again we can look forward to joining their cult. Welcome back Islet

Cory Hanson – Unborn Capitalist From Limbo

Unborn Capitalist From Limbo is one of the more interesting releases this year and signals a real talent in the making. Wand have already received plaudits for their excellent music, here Hanson stakes his claim as one of the most exciting songwriters to emerge in a long time.

Bearstorm – Biophobia

This is what Bearstorm do so well, they wrong foot you so that once you think you got a hold of them, they take you down another blind alley and confuse your mind once again.

Hazzard’s Cure – Smoke Iron Plunder (Review + Exclusive Track Premiere)

Speed doom may be a minute sub-genre at the moment, but given the right set of circumstances could take over from the mainstream American metal that is being peddled about. The scene needs a band like this to kick it up the ass and just maybe Hazzard’s Cure will be the ones to do it.

Xoth – Invasion of the Tentacube

Cast aside any critical analysis and you are in for a whole heap of enjoyment with this album. It’s highly unusual and takes some suspension of belief, but let it wash over you and join its ridiculous world and all will be well.

Hierophant – Mass Grave

There’s no denying that this is one of the best metal releases this year. The band from Ravenna, Italy have really stepped up a notch and giving the right promotion could find themselves as standard bearers for the scene.

Endless Curse – Slave Breeding Industry

There will always be a market for death metal done this way and some fans will thrive off the intensity. Those if you hoping for something more measured will be disappointed though.

Echelon – The Brimstone Aggrandizement (Review + Exclusive Track Premiere)

For an album steeped in old school death metal tropes, there is nothing here which sounds forced or false. Yes, there are obvious homages, but these are done on purpose. Echelon have delivered an album which is unashamedly old school and it works wonderfully well.

Bethlehem – Bethlehem

There is an honest truth about what is happening here which plays on your inner fears but also invited you in with its warmth. Pretty much standard black metal tropes yet here it is amplified to stunning proportions.

Siberian Hell Sounds – Svengali

As it stands it does its job in annihilating your senses and lovers of hardcore and blackened music will find much to enjoy.

Thralldom – Time Will Bend Into Horror

Returning from a hiatus, the band have moved on from the extreme black metal of their last release for something a lot more experimental in sound.

Taman Shud – Oracle War

Oracle War may be uncompromising in its attitude but it is still chockful of gleeful abandonment. It’s a dark ride and one that may frighten off a few passengers but if you stick with it you will be rewarded with a work that revels in its own intensity. A remarkable achievement.

11PARANOIAS – Reliquary For A Dreamed Of World

It’s music which is involved in breaking down those lines of sanity in your mind and rewiring into some sort of tripped out dimension. An at time stunning piece of work, which deserves all the accolades it gets. – By Martyn Coppack

The Wytches – All Your Happy Life

There’s a lot more to The Wytches than just a psych and roll band and you can sense them getting ready for bigger things ahead. By Martyn Coppack

Interview: John Wesley

John Wesley may be an almost journeyman of prog now with a career taking in his own music, Porcupine Tree and Fish. With the release of his new album ‘a way you’ll never be’ coming up, Martyn Coppack asked John some questions.

Kandodo/McBain – Lost Chants/Lost Chance

In a time when psych music seems to be losing its way a bit, it’s good to see that every now and again something pops up which reinvigorates your interest in a scene. That it comes from some of the older heads is irrelevant as the music they produce provides something new to a scene which doesn’t know where it wants to head next, By Martyn Coppack

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