24th June 2018

The Dust Coda: “We want to be the biggest rock’n’roll band on the planet.”

Some musicians follow strange paths before they finally get a chance to do what they really want to do. For The Dust Coda guitarist Adam Mackie, this was a stint playing guitar with the likes of dance types Freestylers and Groove Armada.

“When I started playing professionally in the 00s, the London scene was urban music – everybody wanted to be Craig David,” says Mackie, whose band play the Rising Stage. “That was fine for me on a professional level, but I grew up wanting to be Slash. It was always about being in a big rock’n’roll band.”

With The Dust Coda, Mackie has finally realised his ambitions. The London four-piece – completed by drummer Scott Miller, bassist Tony Ho and Australian-born singer John Drake – find the sweet spot between the timeless rock’n’roll Rival Sons and The Temperance Movement and the electrified alt-blues of Wolfmother and The White Stripes.

“I always knew John was a hell of a singer, and the music we play really brought out something different in his voice,” says Mackie. “When we put the band together in 2015, he’d come round to my house in Brixton, we’d drink some Red Stripe and write a load of tunes. We were both, like, ‘We’ve got something here.’”

The band’s self-titled debut album possess the kind of swagger British music has been missing for a while now. Such is their confidence that its sleeve – featuring a steerhorn belt buckle, a skull ring, an Apache head and a chain arranged in a cross shape – cheekily nods to more than one classic album. “The idea was to try and rip off the Appetite For Destruction cover, but everyone associates it with Led Zeppelin IV,” laughs Mackie. “Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take either.”

The Dust Coda are part of a rising swell of bands, many of whom have played at Ramblin’ Man, giving the country’s homegrown music scene a shot in the arm. “Rock music is slowly building again,” he says “There’s better gigs out there, there’s a real appreciation for guitar bands again. We put our album out ourselves, without anyone really knowing us, and we couldn’t believe the reaction.”

It’s a good sign for The Dust Coda, and for Mackie. The guitarist isn’t short of ambition. “In all seriousness, my aim in the next two years I want to be the biggest rock’n’roll band in the UK. And in the next five years, I want to be the biggest rock’n’roll band on the planet.”

The Dust Coda play Ramblin’ Man’s Rising Stage on Saturday June 30