The London band THE DUST CODA was formed in 2015 around the core of guitarist Adam Mackie and singer John Drake, with bassist Tony Ho and Scott Miller on drums.
They perfected their sound during 2016, in the studio with the award-winning producer Clint Murphy (Thunder, Manic Street Preachers) and on the road playing with crowd favourites such as British Lion, Dead Daisies and Black Stone Cherry. They released their self-titled debut album in October 2017.
The Dust Coda brought their full-blooded, emotional, cutting-edge hard rock act to the BLACK HEART in Camden this week. We went along to the show:
Their bouncy numbers like “Weakness” with juicy low notes, a casual rhythm and passionate voices, meant the performance was an energetic and successful revelation.
Songs like “The Tide Comes In” are unconditional and heavy, with appropriately daring and properly ordered drums.
Sometimes the lead voice rises a little high for some tastes, but, nevertheless, the songs from THE DUST CODA are magnificently sculpted hard rock sounds, and splendid gambols.
And the lads can sound blue too, so songs like “Sweet Love Is Gone” are adorned with melodic vocals that reminded us of Dan McCafferty/Axl Rose — and have lines of pain in evolution… these songs have so much pent-up emotion that they hurt like a twisted knife. With a little acoustic material in the jamboree too, this was a strong and very fun set.