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Let’s get it out of the way, up front. The two members of Archie and The Bunkers are teenage brothers from Cleveland, Ohio, who live with their parents. You need to know because media types will get hung up on that fact if and when these kids get better known.
That neither 17-year-old Emmett (on drums and vocals) or 14-year-old Cullen (organ and vocals) O'Connor is old enough to ask for booze on their backstage rider doesn’t matter. Not a jot. They pump out simple, and simply good, stripped-back punk sounds that are bereft of bullshit.
Who else would put out a record by two reprobates on the run from '60s garage and fucked-up psychedelia other than Dirty Water? Well get ready for this post pre punk keyboard driven racket with its Moon the Loon drum style and fuzzed-up vocals.
A group that consists of teenage brothers Emmett and Cullen O'Connor on drums and keyboards respectively, Archie and the Bunkers has quickly picked up a buzz since forming in 2013.
I would bet. And I won.
The brothers Emmett (seventeen) and Cullen (fourteen) O'Connor are from Ohio . That is the same land that gave birth to Pere Ubu, to Devo, Lux Interior, Electric Eels, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Rocket From the Tombs , the Human Switchboard , to Brainiac , the New Bomb Turks , the Greenhornes, the Pagans, the Dead Boys, the Rubber City Rebels, and the Alarm Clocks.
Archie and the Bunkers are a duo comprised of teenaged brothers Emmet (14, drums/vocals) and Cullen (16, organ/vocals) O’Connell playing self-described Hi-Fi Organ Punk, no guitar or bass, just a four piece drum kit, an organ and the commingling of guttural, frenetic vocals that demonstrate maturity well beyond their years.
Dubbed as ‘Hi-Fi Organ Punk’, the Archie and the Bunkers sound, to simplify things, is a compelling mix of garage punk and masterfully stripped back rock ‘n’ roll infused with a contagious revelry which has ears and imagination spinning. Created on drums, organ, and vocals alone, it is an enticing which has feet and emotions fully involved in scant minutes whilst in regard to its creators, to use the phrase Paul from Dirty Water Records, who are releasing the US duo’s self-titled debut album, used when introducing them to us, “There is no one like them."
I do not know how old are the two young , but Emmett on drums that's really on it and Cullen anyway. That she's put her Vids under Creative Common Licence sympha and va that they produceeverything ourselves just fits perfectly to his garage punk. From Cleveland, Ohio the
influence of Jimmy Smith , Richard " Groove " Holmes come is simply not to be missed.
Their eponymous debut prepares for October brotherly duo Archie And The Bunkers from Cleveland, Ohio. Their post-punk rock'n'roll , just played the drums and organ, in addition to a nice simplicity and beautiful goth atmosphere , and is one of the hot candidates to the discovery of the year. Incidentally, drummer and pianist have just 16 and 14 years.
Fresh faced Cleveland siblings Archie & The Bunkers have a wailing organ led rock & roll sound, backed up by singing drummer Emmett’s fervent vocal. They showcase it perfectly on this track, taken from their self-titled debut album, out soon on the legendary garage rock imprint Dirty Water Records, which recalls the more outlandish reaches of The B-52s back catalogue.
Forging ahead with their own genre, Hi-Fi Organ Punk - hmm, not quite as dramatic-sounding as 'black metal' - 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. Watch this sports-jacketed, tapered-trousered space.
Cullen - Organ, vocals
Emmett - Drums, vocals
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”.
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!
“You never forget a name like Archie and the Bunkers”
A friend of mine told me that, when I mentioned this concert to him. He had heard that name before, and it made him smile to think of it.