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

Alex Rex – Paradise

Paradise is another fine gem in the career of Alex Rex and may be is most fulfilling solo release yet. The music world is so much richer for having Alex Rex in it.

Taras Bulba – Sometimes The Night

You like to imagine Laird as some cowled, raincoat wearing figure owing a season of cigarettes to Peter Lorre, whilst casually pumping out hallucinogenic mushrooms to a soundtrack of Julian Cope and Syd Barrett, but behind the mask is a musician who is intent on forging his own path.

Mythic Sunship – Wildfire

For those intent of exploring music free of form or boundaries then Mythic Sunship are the band for you.

Plankton Wat – Dewey Mahood talks Future Times

As I said earlier Future Times was the starting point, and it’s the heart of the album. It’s an expression of not knowing what is coming next. There is tension and uncertainty, definitely some paranoia, but also a determination to confront whatever is ahead of us. In hindsight I guess the idea is if we can get through all this, we can get through anything.

Farmer Dave & The Wizards Of The West – Cosmic vibes from the West Coast

“This has been a time to challenge our species to its core, with the promise of better days and better ways at the end of the tunnel“

Alison Cotton – Only Darkness Now(vinyl)

Once again Alison has shown what an outstanding musician she is, and suffice to say Only Darkness Now is yet another superb piece of a complex yet intriguing jigsaw of musical pieces.

Alien Mustangs – Beat Of The Earth(vinyl)

Alien Mustang may not have pushed the boat out too far but when the music is this good it doesn’t really matter. The album drags a little in the middle section as it tries too hard to seek a darkness which is not there, but when they hit their stride, the highs are absolutely glorious.

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol – Bezerkir II

It must be something quite special to be part of a band which has the freedom to build a catalogue of music which defies any sense of normalcy, and with it an urgency to the music which can only come from playing live together, warts and all.

Bruce Springsteen – Letter To You

All that is required now is for music to be allowed to tour again so we enjoy these songs in their natural environment, on the stage.

Garcia Peoples – Nightcap At Wits’ End

It’s been nothing but pleasure to see a band develop so far in such a short space of time, and whilst there is always scope for improvement, in Nightcap At Wits’ End, the band have created their best release so far.

Chris Forsyth / Ryan Jewell / Dave Harrington / Spencer Zahn – First Flight

It does what it sets out to do and takes you on a trip into the minds of four supremely talented musicians doing what they do best.

Taylor Swift – Folklore

Folklore is an album which sets her up on the pantheon of greats alongside those artists she grew up revering.

Courtney Marie Andrews – Old Flowers

She uses the songs as a mirror on herself, and as such these represent some of the most naked and revealing songs that she has committed to tape.

Mugstar & Damo Suzuki – Live at The Invisible Wind Factory

The band have an innate sense of what makes a jam work, and within their familiar sound, they have threaded together a mystical path via Damo.

Holy Wave – Interloper

With their new album, Holy Wave have created not just an album of divine dream pop, but also one that asks questions and also seeks to expand your inner mind.

Rose City Band – Summerlong

The summer of 2020 may be a write off as far as a lot of things go, finding an escape through music has become all the more enjoyable through Summerlong.

Tengger – Nomad

2020 may have been a year to forget so far, but within the storms lies this oasis of calm willing to embrace you for just under 40 minutes and leave you feeling that there is a greater power out there above all the politics and turmoil.

Black Rainbows – Cosmic Ritual Supertrip

Go in expecting more of the same and you will get a nice surprise with Cosmic Ritual Supertrip, which is a fine return to form for Black Rainbows.

Keeping Live Alive. . .

The power of live music can be one that is both communal and personal, sometimes at the same time. It is the breathing force of music and its tendrils reach way back before the existence of recorded sound. It is something to be cherished. . .

Britpop….An Irreverent Defence of the Indefensible

Perhaps the lasting legacy of Britpop, aside from its cultural impact which not only affected what was then called “indie music” but also pop music, and it’s not entirely invited political moments, is that it’s inclusive nature not only broke the gender divide but also brought together the disparate crowds.

Banshee – Livin’ In The Jungle

Hardly a band to change the world, or your life, but they will give you a fucking good time. Buy this album and live in their world for just a little while. You’ll feel better when you leave, if a little freaked out.

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