The Dust Coda

Do th­ese Ap­petite-lov­ing Lon­don­ers have the world’s best back­stage booze stash?

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If you’d am­bled through the sleepy Cotswolds town of Tet­bury back in April, you might have spot­ted four in­ter­lop­ers spilling out of the pub. “We recorded our de­but al­bum in this re­ally choco­late-box English set­ting,” The Dust Coda gui­tarist Adam Mackie re­calls of mak­ing The Dust Coda, “and we stood out like a sore thumb. We spent the ses­sions drink­ing like we were on a stag do. We were in the mid­dle of nowhere, so we could make as much noise as we wanted.”

‘Noise’, of course, hardly does jus­tice to the glo­ri­ous hard rock that this Lon­don quar­tet make. It’s five years since Bri­tish-born Mackie first wit­nessed Australian vo­cal­ist John Drake per­form­ing at full throt­tle, but he still re­mem­bers the epiphany. “It didn’t take long to recog­nise how good a singer John was. His voice is re­ally some­thing else. He’s got all the stereo­typ­i­cal brash traits that come with be­ing an Aussie, but that lends it­self to be­ing a great front­man. We had a lot of com­mon in­ter­ests – the Gun­ners, AC/DC, the Stones – and I al­ready had at the back of my mind: ‘I want to do one fuck-off rock band while I’m young.’”

The Dust Coda’s rhythm sec­tion of bas­sist Tony Ho and drum­mer Scott Miller, Mackie re­minds us, brings more to the party than just heavy grooves. “Scott has worked for Bac­ardi,

Rémy Martin, now he works for BrewDog, so fuck­ing loads of free booze is one of the perks. Y’know, just for the sake of it, you’re neck­ing a bot­tle of Bac­ardi. We all love a drink.”

Tour­ing high jinks are a re­cur­ring theme in the Dust Coda story.

“We ended up in this bar in Gratz, Aus­tria,” Mackie says. “We’re sit­ting there ham­mered and we played them the whole al­bum, back to back, twice. The most fa­mous per­son we’ve met is [Iron Maiden bas­sist] Steve Har­ris. It was nice and quick, but Tony had his tongue out, bless him.”

Af­ter a show, Mackie ex­plains, things get an­a­lyt­i­cal.

“One of the high­lights of the night is driv­ing home and lis­ten­ing back to the gig. It’s like: ‘That’s the fuck­ing sound.’ It’s that LA vibe, early Guns N’ Roses, the Sun­set Strip – that’s what we al­ways wanted to be. Is there still a place for a big riff and a great voice? Oh yeah, mas­sively. Guns N’ Roses’ cur­rent tour is the high­est-gross­ing tour of the year. And you’ve got Slash and you’ve got Axl.”

The Dust Coda’s self-ti­tled de­but al­bum is plainly run­ning with the ba­ton, with Mackie’s louche, snaky riffs joust­ing with John Drake’s shriek. But if there were any doubt of the band’s in­ten­tions, try the state-of-the-na­tion ad­dress that is Rock N Roll.

“That song is fly­ing the flag,” says Mackie. “It’s our salute to a scene that is very much alive and kick­ing. We’re not try­ing to change the past, we’re not re­peat­ing it. We’re driv­ing it on. Be­cause rock’n’roll will never die. But from what we’ve heard, we need great new bands to keep that sound go­ing.” HY

“We’re not try­ing to change the past, we’re not re­peat­ing it.

We’re driv­ing it on.”

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