Jody Dunstan


I’m Jody, Manchester based Somerset ex-pat. Decided early on that I was a much better scientist than I was a musician. Still play guitar, mandolin and the odd bit of bass when required, if only as a hobby now.First live gig was Pink Floyd in 1994 and have seen many and varied bands since, everywhere from stadiums, cathedrals and even someone’s sofa and everything from metal bands to a string quartet.A wise man once said to me “There are only two types of music, stuff you like and stuff you don’t.”

Articles by Jody Dunstan

Beneath A Steel Sky – S/T

Beneath a Steel Sky is an interesting album and they touch on a variety of different styles and emotions in a short album. I hope the band can build on the work they have done here and really explore and build on the roots of what they have created. There is depth to their music and despite the isolation some mutual understanding of each other.

Witchcraft – Black Metal

The album is wonderfully recorded, there are not many places to hide with only a nylon string guitar and vocals but the warmth comes across and it’s very intimate. Might not be one for everyone as it is very different from the bands previous work, however, it is an interesting and very personal peek into Magnus Pelander’s soul.

Rosy Finch – Scarlett

Rosy Finch deserve to be far more recognised than they are, their lineup have breathed new life into the band and their take on sludge, stoner and grunge is expertly done and although the listener is probably reminded of their many influences their particular sound is quite unique.

Frayle – 1692

1692 is an excellent debut, the band have taken from a wide variety of influences to create something quite unique. This is music to get lost in, it is passionate but restrained and probably best listened to in a dark, possibly haunted, castle, during a thunderstorm.

Telepathy – Burn Embrace

A patient listener will be rewarded with dense and wonderful soundscapes and some genuinely exciting and emotive music.

Alcest • Birds in Row • Kælan Mikla – Gorilla, Manchester

I can’t imagine many bands would like to follow Birds in Row but Alcest managed it with ease; they played a varied set with a good balance of old and new, showed some versatility and somehow, after all I have said, remained slightly understated. Highly recommended.

Agvirre – Silence

Silence is an interesting, innovative and ambitious EP and it will be really interesting to see where they take the music in the future.

Earth Moves – Human Intricacy

Human Intricacy is an interesting album, worthy of a place amongst the various modern, British, heavy bands.

Myriad Drone – Arka Morgana

Arka Morgana is an ambitious piece of work and the band should be applauded for trying something a bit different. In places, the band create a stunning and wonderful soundscape. In just under an hour the band range from sparse to melodic to frantic and heavy.

Down I Go – All Down the Church in Midst of Fire the Hellish Monster Flew, and Passing Onward to the Quire, He Many People Slew

It’s flawlessly carried out and a refreshing change from a lot of, shall we say, predictable, more of the same old, same old that passes off as heavy music recently.

James, Anya & Tina from Sœur

James, Anya & TIna from Sœur spoke to Echoes and Dust before a live show at Soup Kitchen in Manchester, March 15th 2019

Sœur • Trigger Thumb – Soup Kitchen, Manchester

Sœur are an unconventional band (dual guitars and vocals and drums with no bass) with an unconventional approach to songwriting; however, it just all sits perfectly together.

Ancestors – Suspended in Reflections

Suspended in Reflections is a really stunning piece of work, it’s dense, multi-layered and full of twists and turns. Patient in pace, occasionally exploding but it’s never overused. The band really show some musical talent, adding organ, strings and piano to what in places might be more straight forward post-metal.

Boss Keloid at ArcTanGent 2018

Boss Keloid, are a heavy, progressive, stoner-influenced band that’ve created a name for themselves with relentless touring and a blistering live show. After two critically acclaimed albums, The Calming Influence of Teeth (2013) and Herb Your Enthusiasm (2016). This year seems them expand their line-up, adding keyboards and a new bass player, signing to Holy Roar Records and releasing their new record, Melted on the Inch.

Jamie Lenman at ArcTanGent 2018

Jody Dunstan had a chat with ex-Reuben frontman and now solo artist Jamie Lenman before his storming set at ArcTanGent 2018 to talk about his creative process, life after Reuben, his live show and what keeps him creating music.

Svalbard – It’s Hard to Have Hope

In an era where there is so much generic, recycled ‘heavy’ music such an album is a refreshing change, hard to define, musically ambitious and well done.

Monolord • Conan – Rebellion, Manchester

Facemeltingly heavy, the sort of gig that takes a bit of time to recover from. It’s a real pleasure to watch two bands enjoying themselves and doing what they really love. Highly recommend to be experienced in person. Hearing protection recommended.

The Armed – Only Love

‘Only Love’ is interesting, sonically ambitious and in places, exciting. Brutal noise delivered with surgical precision.

Palm Reader – Braille

‘Braille’ shows a Palm Reader exploring and adding in other dimensions to their sound, whilst remaining uncompromising and heavy. A worthy addition to 2018’s already burgeoning heavy British releases.

Boss Keloid – Melted on the Inch

Boss Keloid’s third album is an evolution of the band’s sounds; still thunderously heavy and muscular, but with considerable depth and melody. Well worth the time needed to appreciate this album.

And So I Watch You From Afar – Manchester Academy 2

And So I Watch You From Afar are a band growing in confidence, they have honed their craft and mixed an excellent set including both older tracks and tracks from their most recent release and finding the right balance between them.

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