archie and the bunkers Mystery Lover (mini-LP, £9.25)label: Dirty Water Club
ARCHIE AND THE BUNKERS is Emmett on (drums/vocals) and Cullen (organ/vocals). Formed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2013, the teenaged brothers began recording music in their basement, self-producing their first two EPs with a raw garage-punk sound that draws heavily from their diverse musical influences, ranging from jazz organ greats like Jimmy Smith, and Richard ‘Groove’ Holmes, to punk icons Dead Boys (they opened for original member Cheetah Chrome earlier this year), The Stooges, The Screamers, The Damned, and more. Rock’n’roll that’s been peeled back to its raw foundation’, as Emmett describes it. On stage, these home-schooled siblings attack their songs with a frenetic energy that whips the audience into a frenzy. The unique growl of sixteen-year-old Cullen’s whirring, overdriven organ and the driving beat of Emmett’s four-piece drum kit leave gig-goers in shock at the sonic assault levied by a group made up of just two boys. As a local reviewer wrote, the boys “sometimes draw initial attention from a crowd because of their tender years. But their ages belie the talent and powerhouse show they put on every time they hit a stage.” Having played a number of high profile gigs in the USA, including support to The Sonics at the Beachland Ballroom in their home town, these kids are scorching hot and ready to break out, not just out of Cleveland, but internationally. A tour of Europe in the spring of this year saw them pick up new fans at sell out gigs and a second European trip is already being planned. ‘The novelty of their ages drops away the minute they begin to play,’ says Matt Fields, manager at the Beachland. ‘These guys are frickin’ stars, man. They are total pros. The first time I saw them my jaw hit the floor. Every time they play, within two songs everybody at the bar has left their seats to go stand in front of the stage to watch and listen to them. I haven't felt this strongly about a new band in a long time. They have no pretension, no inhibition. They are just having so much fun with the music. They are mind-blowing players. And such nice kids.’ Tracklisting: All That Lovin’, The Thin Man, The Moon and Sixpence, Mystery Lover, Mexican Garage, Sunglasses After Dark.
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