Son Of Rust

Son Of Rust


Born and raised by machines, Justin's tales of isolation, loss, and desire are brought to life by deeply textured mixes of electronic and alternative rock styles. Catchy pop phrasing belies a deeper, darkly danceable core that is best described as a modernized mix of Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails


Son of Rust is the brainchild of Justin Coope. At the age of 14 Justin fronted an electronic MOD makers group called "Trials in Musical Escape [TiME]" and released over 15 seperate pieces over "bulletin board systems", which was basically the early internet. After years of study under El De Barge producer Rick Callier at Multi Music Studios in Salem, Oregon, he went on to release his first studio album, "Vermillion: 12:01". After a single live performance, Justin went back into the studio and began re-inventing himself as Son of Rust.

Two years after "Vermillion", Son of Rust was born with two new band members, Ben Purdy and Micheal Pacheco. As a trio they performed several times in Portland, OR, and watched as the dark, moody electronic songs from their upcoming album "Six Years of Gene Therapy" album climbed the charts on MP3.COM, clocking thousands of plays a day.

Having almost reached his goal of earning a living off music alone, disaster struck when MP3.COM announced bankruptcy and closed its doors, leaving the highly rated Son of Rust tracks in limbo. Disheartened by this and conflict within the band Justin went back to the studio alone to finish the album.

The eventual release of "Six Years of Gene Therapy" was met with great interest by promoters after hearing one of the featured tracks on, and Justin was invited to open a show for synthpop legends Cause & Effect and Iris. Excited by the chance to share a stage with a favorite band, Justin re-formed Son of Rust with guitarist Ben Purdy and together they developed an interactive live show complete with light effects and video accompaniment.

After the first year they had reached over 12,000 fans on and had played shows with other legendary acts like Information Society, as well as opening a show in Germany with Iris and playing with popular modern rock bands Debris and Deadstar Assembly. The band has been re-invented to include Micheal Pacheco on keys, as well as a live bassist and drummer.

They now approach the release of their second full length album, "Vicious Cycles", mastered by industry staple Mike Marsh (Depeche Mode, Petshop Boys, Moby, etc), and will be sharing a stage with electronic favorites Assemblage 23, De/Vision, Seabound, Iris, Information Society and others in 2008.

Son of Rust has been described as a modernized Depeche Mode, or a more accessible Nine Inch Nails. They count these bands among their major influences, as well as other ground breaking electronic rock groups such as New Order, Moby, and Radiohead.

Son of Rust has been a front-page feature on, and Regen Magazine.


Vicious Cycles - 2007
Six Years of Gene Therapy - 2005