Archie and the Bunkers Bio:
Archie and The Bunkers are an American rock’n’roll duo formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 2013. The group 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. Legendary producer/engineer Jim Diamond captured that unique Archie sound that’s been dubbed ‘HI-FI Organ Punk.’ Emmett describes their 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 for 2018. 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 unlikely to see the group performing alongside some of the greats in Rock n' Roll History. Some honorable rosters include The Sonics, The Black Lips, Boss Hog, The Rezillos, Dick Dale, King Khan and the BBQ Show, The Mummies, Cheetah Chrome, The Gories, The 5678s, Echo and the Bunnymen, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Thee Oh Sees, Oblivians, Dead Moon, and Iggy Pop.
Emmett plays exclusively cheap old drum kits and is endorsed by splintered drumsticks.
Cullen is endorsed by various organs and keyboards found on Craigslist.