ARCHIE AND THE BUNKERS: ‘Rustbelt Roustabouts’ Prep Release of Sophomore LP “Songs From The Lodge” | Dirty Water Records
Straight from the city frof Cleveland Ohio -the home of The Electric Eels, The Pagans, The Dead Boys, Pere Ubu, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and many more- comes the newest sensation in Rock n’ Roll. Brothers Emmett and Cullen are taking the world by storm, bringing audiences nothing but the wildest rock music of the 21st century. This new sound will make you want to shake and smash things up. It is RAW POWER, by teenagers, for anyone who will listen. This is the real deal. This is HI-FI Organ Punk!
Archie and The Bunkers consists of brothers Emmett (drums/vocals) and Cullen O’Connor (organ/vocals). The pair began recording music in their basement as young teenagers self-producing their first 2 EPs (Comrade X in 2013, and Trade Winds in 2014.) The band’s raw garage-punk sound draws heavily from their 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, overdriven organ and the driving beat of Emmett’s 4-piece drum kit, leave concert-goers in shock at the sonic assault levied by only two.
2015 marked the release of their first full-length album on Dirty Water Records.It’s 12 songs were recorded at the storied Ghetto Recorders in Detroit. It was here that legendary producer/engineer Jim Diamond captured the unique A&TB sound that’s been dubbed “HI-FI Organ Punk”. Emmett describes the duo’s sound as, “rock’n’roll that’s been peeled back to it’s raw foundation.”
Since then, the boys have embarked on two European tours, recorded four singles, two EPs, and a brand new LP on the way for 2018 on Dirty Water Records. The Bunkers have also worked with some of the greatest labels in the biz, including Norton Records, In The Red, and Jack White’s infamous Third Man Records. It is not uncommon to see the Bunkers performing alongside some of the greatest acts in Rock n’ Roll History. Some honorable rosters include The Sonics, The Black Lips, Boss Hog, Royal Trux, The Rezillos, Dick Dale, King Khan and the BBQ Show, The Mummies, Cheetah Chrome, The Cynics, The Fleshtones, The Gories, New Bomb Turks, Kid Congo, The 5678s, Echo and the Bunnymen, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Zero Boys, Shannon and the Clams, Thee Oh Sees, Oblivians, Dead Moon, and Iggy Pop.
Emmett plays exclusively cheap old drum kits and is sponsored by splintered drumsticks.
Cullen is endorsed by various organs and keyboards found on Craigslist.
“Although newcomers to some extent, the results are electric and positively explosive, some say reminiscent of The Cramps, The Hentchmen, Billy Childish – every incarnation of top-notch rock you can imagine. It’s rare to take an organ and make it the centerpiece of a rock ‘n’ roll band and have it make so much sense. Clearly musicians to keep your eyes on for years to come.”
–Third Man Records
“They have recorded for Third Man (USA) and Dirty Water (UK) and have now come home to Norton Records with their most captivating sides to date. All of their influences have resulted in these riveting original comps.”
“This year, they’re going to own you.”
“This snotty Ohio sibling duo are a half Damned-half Animals rock’n’roll mongrel. Sixteen-year-old singer/frontman Emmett could be a Jack White in-the-making.”
-Classic Rock Magazine, UK
“Time to check in on that hotbed of punk, northeast Ohio (shut your mouth). The latest rust belt roustabouts are a keyboard and drums-only trash act that Ohio’s underground punk lovers are spazzing about (though that could be the trucker speed)—ladies and gentlemen, Archie And The Bunkers!”
-Eric Davidson, New Bomb Turks/CMJ Magazine
“Armed with a four-piece kit and an organ that’s pushed hard and to the front-and-centre of their sound, they’re pure energy that overrides any marketer’s thirst for an angle. The elevator’s about to leave. You might want to get in now while it’s at the ground floor.”
-The I-94 Bar (AU)
“This year’s big reveal was Archie and the Bunkers, a pair of brothers from Ohio who channeled Quintron and The Damned in a frenzied half-hour set.”
The Dirty Water Club started in October 1996 in the Tufnell Park neighbourhood of north London, at a venue called The Boston. The club’s name is derived from The Standells’ 1966 hit ‘Dirty Water‘ which glorifies the US city of Boston, Massachusetts.
Past performers have included The White Stripes (voted by Q Magazine as one of the top 10 gigs of all time, Mojo one of the top 30 and Kerrang one of the top 100!), The Gories, Country Teasers, Black Lips, NOBUNNY, Kid Congo Powers, The Fleshtones, Billy Childish, Radio Birdman, The Dirtbombs, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The 126.96.36.199’s, The Horrors and The Brian Jonestown Massacre to name just a few. The club has also seen some original ’60s performers, such as The Monks, ? and the Mysterians, Kim Fowley, Sky Saxon, GONN, Michael Davis of the MC5 and more grace its stage.
Their in-house record label, Dirty Water Records, is one of the leading garage/beat/(real) R&B labels in the world.