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

Sweet Baboo – The Wreckage

There’s a strong sense of the Canterbury Sound through The Wreckage, more than helped by some of the more jazzier elements.

Marlene Ribeiro – Toquei no Sol

The quiet calm that exudes from Marlene’s debut is a suitable tonic for those looking for something to drift off too, away from the worries and concerns of these times.

Dropkick Murphys – Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

It may only be January, but a contender for gig of the year has been thrown down. . .

The Men – New York City

The Men certainly show no signs of growing old gracefully, and let’s thank them for that because we always need a band such as these in our lives.

Carlton Melton – Resemble Ensemble

This album will speak to the converted like psych from heaven but has enough easy hooks to pull in the casual listener if they can get passed some of the more quieter drone sections.

Holy Coves – Druids And Bards

Purveyors of the kind of music which evokes widescreen landcscapes whilst vocals evoke a yearning for the intimate, it’s at once vital, but also surprisingly nostalgic.

Tim Burgess – Typical Music

There is so much happening on this album that you will find yourself discovering new favourites long after those first initial listens.

The Order Of The 12 – Lore Of The Land

By tapping into the lost sound of English acid folk, the band sound unlike anyone around else active at the moment.

Napalm Death – Resentment Is Always Siesmic – A Final Throw of Throes

It’s good to know that in the face of so much change in the world these days, the band have remained a constant throughout.

Tuskar – Matriarch

Matriarch is an assured debut offering from a band who offer more than enough to stand out in the current doom scene.

Graeme Thomson – Themes For Great Cities

Themes For Great Cities is an essential read for not just the hardcore Simple Minds fan, but also those who may just about remember dancing to ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ in the school disco.

Black Doldrums – Dead Awake

As with all great trio’s there is a compact sound to them which emanates power and you feel that they are at times poised to unleash an absolute wall of sound.

Denim And Leather – The Rise and Fall of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal

Denim And Leather is an essential read for any self-respecting fan of heavy metal, and perhaps it also offers some long needed recognition that metal as a genre is so much more than what its critics and dismissers would have you believe.

Jeffrey Alexander and the Heavy Lidders – Elixor of Life

There is a timeless quality to the music, and it feels shorn of any panderings to the mainstream. It is music made for those who want to go on a journey.

Angered Wrecks – Bennies, Booze, and R&R

It’s raw and rough, but suitably resonant with the current psych scene, including much that is happening over in Canada right now. If you want to sample the true spirit of punk you won’t go far wrong with this release.

Witches Broom – s/t

It’s sound harks back to a classic era and makes absolutely no attempt to update it, and why should it when it sounds just as perfect as it is

Wasted Cathedral – I’m Gonna Love You Til The End Of Time

That it takes someone from the depths of Saskatoon to psychologically link with you and provide respite from whatever fears you may have, even if it is just for a few tens of minutes, is a remarkable feat

The Janitors – Noisolation Sessions Vol. 2

Unlikely bedfellows for what has become known as a “lockdown” album, The Janitors may be the truest reflection of the angst and concern that we have all felt over the last 18 months.

The Pineapple Thief – Nothing But The Truth (BluRay)

It’s not only a souvenir of where the band are at, but also a souvenir of the times.

The Oscillation – Untold Futures

A superb mix of drone and spaced out psych. It’s the kind that you want playing as you hit your third peak of the night and the music becomes a symbolic cleansing of your fractured mind.

Focus Wales 2021

Old friends, new friends, strangers, all together in communion to celebrate the power of music it sounds corny but after 18 months of no music, we’ll take that.

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