Today we meet, Archie and the Bunkers and let me be the first to inform you that these two are so outrageously talented that you will blown away.Hi-Fi Organ Punk fits the description and if you’re not getting some serious Morrison vibes , I’m getting old. For my two cents, these two rock in a way we haven’t seen in years. Archie and the Bunkers are beyond good and they’re having fun , and that makes for some powerful rock n roll.
From:Dirty Water Records
Archie and The Bunkers is an American rock’n’roll duo formed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2013. The group consists of teenage brothers Emmett (drum/vocals) and Cullen O’Connor (keys/vocal). The pair began recording music in their basement self-producing their first two EPs (Comrade X, 2013, and Trade Winds, 2014). The band’s raw garage punk sound draws heavily from Cullen’s melding of divergent musical styles. Influences range from jazz organ greats like Jimmy Smith and Richard “Groove” Holmes, to punk icons Dead Boys, The Stooges, The Screamers, and more.
On stage, the siblings attack their songs with an energy that whips the audience into a frenzy. The unique growl of Cullen’s whirring, over-driven organ and the driving beat of Emmett’s four-piece drum kit, leave concert-goers in shock at the sonic assault levied by just two people.
This year sees the release of their first full-length album, on Dirty Water Records. Its 12 songs were recorded at the famed Ghetto Recorders in Detroit. Near-legendary producer/engineer Jim Diamond captured that unique Archie sound that’s been dubbed ‘HI-FI Organ Punk’, a sound that Emmett describes as, “rock’n’roll that’s been peeled back to its raw foundation”.
Meet – Archie and the Bunkers
For those unfamiliar with your band’s history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band?
Emmett: Well, I’ve known Cullen for some time now. I met him when I was two. He was in the hospital for the first time after being born.
Cullen: We’re brothers.
Emmett: We started a band to play music.
Who would you list as your musical influences?
Cullen: Procol Harum, The Cramps, Jimmy Smith, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Damned, David Bowie, Angelic Upstarts, Public Image Limited, Angelo Badalamenti, The Dead Boys. The list goes on forever.
Emmett: Max Roach, Les Baxter, Pussy Galore, The Stooges, The Mummies, Guitar Wolf, The Reatards, Eastern European folk music, and lots of doo wop and rockabilly. I take influences from everywhere though, and I try to listen to as much as possible.
What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
Cullen: Definitely the coolest thing that has happened so far was touring Europe. I had so much fun and met so many cool new people!
Emmett: We’ve had a boatload of amazing opportunities. I’ve gotten the chance to play with almost all of my favorite bands, and met lots of cool people from all over the world.
How pumped were you when you found out you are going to play Gonerfest?
Cullen: I’m not really sure. I never owned a pump.
Emmett: Just cracking.
Who or what are you looking forward to while you’re in Memphis for Gonerfest?
Cullen: I think if I had to pinpoint one thing, probably Gonerfest itself. I’d also like to meet Morgan Freeman. That would be awesome.
Emmett: The Hickory Hill Buddha statue.
What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
Emmett: The new GOGGS record is great. I can’t wait until the Boss Hog record “Wichita Grey” comes out. I also need to snag the Angry Angles album before it’s gone. The JSBX record that came out last year was amazing too.
Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
Cullen: I do see a use for social media, and for me it’s not a pain because I don’t manage the accounts. I believe that it provides an excellent format for promotion, especially for reaching out to the younger generations. Even these questions were sent to us from a social media site so….
Emmett: We gotta reach the kids. It’s the only way.
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?
Cullen: Only if they’re good reviews or comments.
Emmett: I don’t care what anybody writes or says. I do what I do, and I’ll keep doing it, even if nobody likes it. We have gotten loads of positive feedback, and we’re very grateful!
If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go?
Cullen: Snoqualmie, Washington.
Emmett: I want to go to Austria and Hungary.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?
Emmett: Music can’t save anybody, but it sure makes life less boring.
Any last thoughts for your fans?
Emmett: Be excellent to each other-
Cullen: -and party on dudes!
Give a listen to this excellent album..
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