Richard Collins

My name is Richard and I was born and bred in Bridgend, South Wales. Got into punk music at a very young age before becoming a member of possibly the least successful pop punk band of all time, we never really had a name (still sounded better live than Blink 182 though). Since that catastrophe I have mainly stuck to listening rather than playing music, safer for everyone but will hammer out ‘Under the Bridge’ and ‘Good Riddance’ when I’m smashed at 2 AM if you ask nicely.

Witnessing Queens of the Stone Age at Reading Festival 2000 changed my musical landscape and became a firm believer that the best music is all about the riff. I moved to London after university and travelling the world in 2006 where I quickly discovered the mind blowing underground rock music scene. This took me on a voyage of discovery of boundary pushing music such as psychadelic rock, stoner rock, doom, sludge, noise rock, post metal, black metal, death metal, grindcore… anything with a pair of nutts basically. I’m very much still on this voyage.

Feel all warm and privileged that Echoes and Dust publish my views, which are created when I’m 100% sober*

I Tweet stuff @colnerd

Rich

*100% lying

Articles by Richard Collins

Cosmic Roundup 2016 Pt3: Matt from Sly & The Family Drone

In the third part of his 2016 roundup, Rich talks to Matt from Sly & The Family Drone.

Cosmic Roundup 2016 Pt2: Gill Rodgers from Bruxa Maria

Gill Rodgers from Bruxa Maria sent me the album in January, I stuck it on and it floored me. I don’t think any album has taken me by suprise to that extent all year. Since then they’ve played Cosmic Carnage twice and I just fucking love them and Gill is an out and out legend.

Cosmic Roundup 2016 Pt1: Bad Guys

We’ve let Rich Collins back this December to talk utter bollocks with complete weirdos across the scene. There will be one every day from now until December 24th, like an advent calendar, but instead of half a mouthful of chocolate, you get a brutal kick to the chops. Ladies and gentleman, we’re delighted to bring you the Cosmic Round Ups 2016, kicking off with PJ from Bad Guys.

Okkultokrati – Raspberry Dawn

If you’re into anything from The Stooges to Årabrot then Raspberry Dawn is going to melt your bones. – By Richard Collins

Interview: Matt Ridout from Casual Nun

Casual Nun are about to release their first album ‘Super Fancy Skeleton’ on Hominid Sounds so Rich Collins had a quick chat with axe man Matt Ridout to find out what the fuck is happening on planet casual.

Festival Review: Raw Power Festival 2016

Richard Collins was at this year’s Raw Power Festival to review it for Echoes and Dust. He’s trying his best to remember what the actual fuck happened. Read on…

Festival Preview: Raw Power Festival 2016

Richard Collins was the drunkest man at last year’s Raw Power Festival, but he is getting another chance this year. “This goes to show that you should completely ignore this article and watch every fucking band on the line up.”

Årabrot – The Gospel

‘The Gospel’ could transform this weird Norwegian noise rock band into world beaters, they’ve pushed their sonic boundaries and sound all the better for it. Amazing! – By Richard Collins

Cosmic Roundup 2015 pt18 – Dan Salter from Echoes And Dust

Richard concludes his Cosmic Roundup of the year by talking to our very own Editor Dan Salter about the site and what the fuck happened in music in 2015.

Cosmic Roundup 2015 pt17 – Jimmy Martin from Teeth Of The Sea

It’s been another great year for long time Echoes & Dust favourites Teeth Of The Sea with Highly Deadly Black Tarantula was released to great acclaim (#10 in our writers’ Record of the Year poll) and a successful UK tour completed. Richard grabbed a few minutes to chat with their intergalactic riff shredder, Jimmy Martin.

Cosmic Roundup 2015 pt16 – Mike Vest from Bong etc

Mike has played Cosmic Carnage six time with Bong, Blown Out (x3), 11Paranoias and Drunk in Hell… he’s also constantly releasing albums that push your brain in all kinds of wonderful directions. Here’s his thoughts on things. By Richard Collins

Cosmic Roundup 2015 pt15 – Adam Reid from Cacophonous Sarcophagus

Adam is the man behind Cacophonous Sarcophagus, a night in Bristol that has gained a reputation for being one of best experimental music nights in the country. It certainly didn’t slow down during 2015 so Rich checked in to find out if there was a bit of method behind the musical madness.

Cosmic Roundup 2015 pt14 – Matt Baty from Box Records

Box Records has had a ridiculous year. Matt Baty not only releases all this incredible music but plays in stupidly good bands too who have torn apart Cosmic Carnage on many an occasion so is an all-out Cosmic hero. Rich managed to grab five minutes with the busiest man in show business.

Cosmic Roundup 2015 pt13 – Lauren Mason from Torpor

Torpor kinda sound like a speeded up, more pissed off Godflesh. We love them, how can you not love something so brutal? They’ve just played the biggest gig of their life supporting Amenra in London so Rich had a chat with bassist/vocalist Lauren to find out what the fuck is going on.

Cosmic Roundup 2015 pt12 – Golden Cabinet

Golden Cabinet put on gigs in Shipley, the line ups always make our jaw hit the fucking floor. It’s pure DIY powered love of music and we think their operation is simply wonderful. Rich had a chat with them to find out a bit more.

Cosmic Roundup 2015 pt11 – Josh Hughes from Rabbits

We’ve never quite recovered from the time when Portland based noise rockers, Rabbits destroyed the Brixton Windmill at a Cosmic Carnage night. The front man, Josh Hughes also runs a label called Eolian Empire, which pumps out some of the most innovative heavy bands we’ve ever heard. By Richard Collins

Cosmic Roundup 2015 pt10 – James T Mckay from The Cosmic Dead

The Cosmic Dead are probably our favourite Scottish, hairy, booze hounds of all time. They aren’t your average jam band, they go fucking bonkers on stage which has helped them become one of the most loved psych bands in the country. Here’s what James Mckay had to say about the world he lives in. By Richard Collins

Cosmic Roundup 2015 pt9 – Matt Ridout from Casual Nun

Casual Nun are an intense hypnotic beast on stage and we were delighted to find out they are recording an album with Wayne at Bear Bites Horse studios which we can look forward to next year. Here’s what Matt from the band thinks about 2015 and some other shit. By Richard Collins

Cosmic Roundup 2015 pt8 – Chris Reeder from Rocket Recordings

It’s been another incredible year for Rocket Recordings. At Echoes and Dust we simply adore this label and can’t wait to find out what they are going to throw at us next year. Rich had a chat with Chris Reeder from the label.

Cosmic Roundup 2015 pt7 – Chris Moore of Jotnarr & Meadows

Chris is another one of those multi project pioneers. He’s in three bands all together – Meadows, Jotnarr and Mother Sky and if that’s not enough he puts on a majority of the great gigs in Colchester under the guise Shallow Leisure. Chris played the first two Cosmic Carnage gigs and is a total legend, here’s what he had to say about some stuff. BY Richard Collins

Cosmic Roundup 2015 pt6 – Anthony Chalmers from Baba Yaga’s Hut

Anthony is a promoting god here in London town. This year saw the second Raw Power festival which was the most ridiculous event of all time, he’s very busy planning next year’s festival but we distracted him for a few minutes to find out what the fuck is happening… here’s the result.

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