Articles by Richard Collins
Ex-People took us by surprise when we caught them at the Unicorn last January. A unique blend of heaviness and catchiness, we were delighted when they opened our Smash it Out all dayer this year so we thought we’d check in with drummer Vicki to find out who the fuck they are.
In the third part of his 2016 roundup, Rich talks to Matt from Sly & The Family Drone.
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.
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.
If you’re into anything from The Stooges to Årabrot then Raspberry Dawn is going to melt your bones. – By Richard Collins
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.
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…
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.”
‘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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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