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Eugene Coyne

South London-based singer-songwriter Eugene Coyne
offers up a witchy mix of hard rock glyphs and acid folk
hallucination, pastoral but with an underlying threat of
pug rock ultra-violence

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"Counterstrike! Songwriter Eugene Coyne on magic and London puggery" INTERVIEW HERE

 
COUNTERSTRIKE

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COUNTERSTRIKE

 

My last album, CASTLE COYNE, was acoustic, a pastoral getting-your-head-together-in-the-country (well, South Norwood…) kind of thing with no electric guitars. COUNTERSTRIKE is aggressive, electric, warlike… it has its roots in a lucky find. Out walking my dog, I found an electric guitar and a small amp next to

a skip. Where I live, a lot of the houses have garages, and the new owners of one of these houses were busy gutting it - along with the garage, which used to be some kind of a rehearsal space. They were throwing away some interesting things.

It was starting to rain, so I picked up the guitar and amp and went home.

It was my first electric guitar since my teens, and after a little repair work (adding a pickup, sorting out the neck) I started to get into playing it.

I quickly discovered that it was a lot easier to play electric than my

usual acoustic. I bought more guitars and some effects pedals, and

I started to experiment. After a while I settled on the whoosh guitar sound

that characterises COUNTERSTRIKE. I wanted to make something hard-edged, and the songs I began to write reflected that. I dug deep, rummaging through my head. Kiss’s DRESSED TO KILL, the prophecies of Nostradamus and Iggy and the Stooges RAW POWER (in particular James Williamson’s leap-out-of-the-mix guitar playing) were big influences, along with all the other weapons I like to deploy

- synthesisers, whispered vocals, repetition, etc. I drew on my surroundings, passing conversations and the dogs in Grangewood Park opposite my house - a big influence on my last album, too. I tried to work out what I was thinking and feeling. I believe in chance, and the subconscious. I tried not to correct myself too much. When I had the songs written, and I thought I understood them,

I went into the studio.

Recording an album is an odd mix of organisation, hard graft, inspiration and good fortune. The proportions are variable. Recording COUNTERSTRIKE took a lot out of me, but then again, it didn’t. I was very fortunate, but I’d also left room for good fortune and chance to enter. There are a handful of things that really changed the way this album sounds, and I am thankful that fate intervened. It took longer than I’d anticipated, but really, it wasn’t that long at all - I just had to manage my money, wait for studio time to come free, and be patient.

I’m very happy with COUNTERSTRIKE. I achieved what I intended. If you’re listening, please play it as loud as you can. It should be listened to from beginning to end - it tells a story. But if you don’t want to do that, it’s OK. The songs will stand on their own two feet. I should add that the cover is all part of it too. An etching of a favourite sculpture that I used to enjoy on school lunchbreaks at the Tate. Wrestling a serpent seems appropriate.

Finally… It was my good fortune to record with Jon Clayton at OneCat Studio in Brixton, London. Jon has recorded all my albums, and he knows how I like to work. I never demo anything, so there can be dead ends and sudden breakthroughs. He’s very patient. Jon also played bass and synthesiser on COUNTERSTRIKE, as he has on my previous albums, and as usual brought plenty of great ideas and musicianship. Another big stroke of luck was recording with Dan Meier on drums. Dan is a fantastic musical companion - we play live as a duo, and it sounds great (I play solo, too). He did an amazing job on this album. We recorded all the basic tracks (guitar and drums) apart from Battle Ready in one short session, and he really rose to the occasion. Lovely percussion and sleigh bells too. Finally, I was very fortunate to have Hugo Martin play lead and some rhythm guitar on a few songs. He is such a great guitarist. I played with him in a band called Mean Vincent, but

I think I’d forgotten just how good a guitarist he was. He soon reminded me.

You can hear him all over COUNTERSTRIKE, making the songs sound better.

Eugene Coyne

 

Master

of the Wizard War

Master of the Wizard War

Castle Coyne

Servants of the Sorcerer

Castle of Blood

The Great Hate

 

 Visit eugenecoyne.bandcamp.com 

 

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SUMMONING
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SPIRIT

 

 
 

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Wet Paws Rock 'n' Roll

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Local Dog Walker Mafia

Grangewood Park Vandal

Souvenir from south norwood

 

Live 2019

Thursday, February 7th, Club Integral & Is Black Music's Resonance FM Fundraiser

Electric guitar, with Dan Meier on drums

Friday, May 31st, Scaledown, The King and Queen, 1 Foley Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6DL

Solo electric set

Sunday, June 2nd, The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JZ

Acoustic set at Acoustic Highway

Sunday, June 16th, The Windmill, Brixton, 22 Blenheim Gardens, London SW2 5BZ

Electric guitar, with Dan Meier on drums

 

Thursday, June 27th, The Windmill, Brixton, 22 Blenheim Gardens, London SW2 5BZ

Electric guitar, with Dan Meier on drums

Saturday, July 20th, DeXter Bentley's Hello Goodbye Show, Resonance FM

Live acoustic

 

Sunday, July 28th, The Windmill, Brixton, 22 Blenheim Gardens, London SW2 5BZ

Electric guitar, with Dan Meier on drums

Thursday, September 5th, The Windmill, Brixton, 22 Blenheim Gardens, London SW2 5BZ

Electric guitar, with Dan Meier on drums

Tuesday, October 8th, The Windmill, Brixton, 22 Blenheim Gardens, London SW2 5BZ

Electric guitar, with Dan Meier on drums

Sunday, October 13th, Linear Obsessional, The ArtsCafe, Hither Green, Lewisham SE15 at 4pm 

Solo acoustic set

 

Friday, November 15th, Deptford Cinema, 39 Deptford Broadway, Lewisham, from 7pm 

Solo acoustic set supporting the Russian horror film Viy, Spirit of Evil (1967)

 

 

LIVE 2018

 

 

Saturday, February 10th, DeXter Bentley's Hello Goodbye Show, Resonance FM

Live radio session

 

Saturday, March 17th, The News Agents, Resonance FM

 Live radio session

Friday, March 23rd, The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JZ

Live

Saturday, April 14th, Barbican, London

Performing as part of THURSTON MOORE: GALAXIES 12x12 Music for Twelve 12-String guitars

Friday, June 8th, The Cavendish Arms, 128 Hartington Road, Stockwell, London  SW8 2HJ

Electric guitar, with Dan Meier on drums

Thursday, June 28th, Cafe Mimosa, 35 Station Road, South Norwood, SE25 5AQ

Acoustic set. FREE

Saturday, July 14th, The Cavendish Arms, 128 Hartington Road, Stockwell, London  SW8 2HJ

Electric guitar, with Dan Meier on drums

Sunday, August 19th, The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JZ

Acoustic set at Acoustic Highway

Saturday, November 10th, 7-10pm, the basement of The Golden Anchor, 16 Evelina Rd, Nunhead, London SE15 2DX

Mind Your Head! Art Cabaret Healing Fires Purging Pyres.
"It's the season of Guido Fawkes and Halloween and for Healing Fires Purging Pyres there will be performances, music, poetry, a quiz, a ritual and
an exhibition! Expect works on the consequence of fire, the tragedy, the positivity, the anger, the release. Come to Nunhead and see..."

 

Friday, December 7th, Scaledown, The King and Queen, 1 Foley Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6DL

Solo electric set