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Sound Renaissance: Archie and the Bunkers "Songs From The Lodge"

Two brothers, Emmett and Cullen O’Connor, unleash a unique juxtaposition of jazz, blues and punk with nothing more than a four-piece drum set, an organ and a set of savage vocal chords. The Cleveland duo draws influence from jazz stalwarts such as Jimmy Smith and Richard “Groove” Holmes. Combine that with punk pioneers The Stooges, The Dead Boys and The Screamers — and you have Archie and the Bunkers.

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Spill Magazine: Archie and the Bunkers "Songs From The Lodge"

Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio comes the punk rock duo Archie And The Bunkers. Consisting of the O’Connor brothers: Cullen on vocals and organ, along with Emmett on drums and vocals. Songs From The Lodge is the band’s second full length release. This follows their 2015 self-titled record, along with a number of singles and two EP’s.


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Louder Than War: Archie and the Bunkers "Songs From The Lodge"

After their debut album shot around the garage underground world, followed by extensive US and European tours, culminating in a visceral Third Man Records session and release, the O’Connor siblings have finally landed back on their feet with just enough time to record their second full length album of Hi-Fi organ punk for Dirty Water Records before their rollercoaster ride starts again. Louder Than War’s Nathan Whittle gets dragged along for the ride.


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Metronome: Lucy and the Rats "Lucy and the Rats"

After some enchanting singles on Dirty

Water Records in the UK, Lucy and her rats

are back with a full length. While some of the

YouTube videos have a grittier Rock & Roll

sound, Lucy saw to it that the entire record

remains well polished in an early 1980s new

wave pop vein, like Holly and The Italians,

albeit with nice retro guitar interjections,

such as on “Pills.”

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Louder Than War: Lucy and the Rats "Lucy and the Rats"

Visually, Lucy And The Rats look like a typical last gang in town garage rock band, but when they plug in and let rip something magical happens as the grease peels away to leave a shimmering ray of bubblegum garage somewhat in the same vein as Nikki & The Corvettes riding with the top down while blasting out The Vapors. It’s glorious to hear and by right should be one of the rock ‘n’ roll albums of the summer.

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liveeyetv.org: The Jack Cades "Music For Children"

Today we’re thrilled to introduce you to The Jack Cades–a “supergroup” of sorts hailing from the UK. Specializing in 60’s era garage/psych/rhythm & blues, with a gob of snotty punk thrown in for good measure, the band kicked things off in late 2017 when lead guitarist/vocalist Mike Whittaker and his wife, rhythm guitarist/vocalist Elsa Whittaker, decided to record some tracks at Matthew “Mole” Lambert‘s notorious State Records Studios in Folkestone, Kent.

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Spill Magazine: The Loons "Blue Ether" c/w "Saturday's Son"

Celebrating being together for twenty years — fifteen of which with the same lineup — The Loons has released their latest single. Much like the vintage rock vibe that the band emulates, this is a double-sided single. Like any 45, it has two songs, the first being “Blue Ether,” followed by “Saturday’s Son.” Over the course of their career, the California-based band has released four full-length albums, more than a handful of singles, and has toured across the globe. Blue Ether b/w Saturday’s Son is the first release from The Loons since their 2014 EP B.S.O.D., and acts as a short but very sweet return for the band.

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RingMaster Review: King Salami and the Cumberland 3 "Goin' Back To Wurstville"

If there is one band in this fast paced world which gives the body an even more intensive and thorough workout it is undoubtedly King Salami and the Cumberland 3. This is a band where an Automated External Defibrillator should always be on hand at every show they play, waiting and ready to revive the inevitable wasted bodies.  Now that need has been transferred to the band’s records. When playing all three of the band’s albums back to back, apart from a danger to health, it is a hard choice to say which is best, all in their openly individual ways an equal treat, but without doubt Goin’ Back To Wurstville is the most demanding and exciting for heart and limbs yet.

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SBP Promotions: King Salami and the Cumberland 3 "Goin' Back To Wurstville"

Runners-up? Runners-up, really? When last year the London rhythm’n’punk band appeared on the BBC as part of its search for Britain’s Best Part Time Band they should have been a shoo-in to win. Alas, terrible ska band Bombskare won. Which, on reflection, is probably for the best, because the band should first and foremost be known for the music and the shows, not winning some quickly thought-up show to fill the TV schedule of BBC Two. The band are a constant inspiration to all who come across them, working tirelessly to entertain us kick-seeking fools via many recordings and countless tours.

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Fungal Punk - Muck and the Mires vs The Fadeaways - Creature Double Feature

So the dastardly Dirty Water deviants throw a split single my way and force me into a clattered corner where 2 units instead of one batter my brains.  These kind of releases always cause a cerebral problem that has me worrying if what one band offers is shite and the others donations are bright, then how bad will Fungal look when he does his truthful and temperamental bit.  Ah the wonders of the reviewing lark, tis all shit in the fan, blowing against one man and leaving him battered and bruised.  Good job my thickened skin and utter belief is holding firm, bah the bastards.

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Phil Istine/Sweet But Deadly: The Darts (US) - "Me. Ow."

Not even a year has passed since the brash’n’saucy garage-psych quartet who hail from Phoenix [AZ]/Los Angeles [CA] began their recording career. And now here is a full debut LP proper, following their previous two six-track EPs (released as a single album via Dirty Water earlier this year). In this whirlwind of activity it’s pertinent to ask whether two dozen songs in a year of action mean anything substantial could have been produced.

Having spent some time with Me.Ow the answer is a firm ‘hell yes’.

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