Straight from the city of Cleveland, OH — the home of The Electric Eels, The Pagans, The Dead Boys, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and many more — comes Archie and The Bunkers, a duo consisting of brothers Emmett (drums/vocals) and Cullen (organ/vocals) O’Connor. The pair began recording music in their basement as young teenagers, self-producing their first two EPs (2013’s Comrade X and 2014’s Trade Winds.) Mixing elements of punk and garage-rock, they drew influence from jazz organ greats like Jimmy Smith and Richard “Groove” Holmes and punk icons like The Stooges and The Screamers.
2015 marked the release of the band’s first full-length album on Dirty Water Records, recorded at the storied Ghetto Recorders in Detroit. Legendary producer/engineer Jim Diamond was able to capture the unique Archie sound that’s since been dubbed “hi-fi organ punk.”
Since then, the brothers have embarked on two European tours, recorded a string of singles and EPs, and 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’s not unusual to see them performing alongside some of the greats in rock ’n’ roll, including Iggy Pop, The Sonics, Black Lips, Thee Oh Sees, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Mummies, The Gories, and Echo and the Bunnymen. On stage, the siblings are a force to be reckoned with, attacking their songs with intense energy and creating a sound that’s impressive for a band of just two. The unique growl of Cullen’s whirring, overdriven organ pairs with the driving beat of Emmett’s four-piece drum kit, creating a sonic assault that has won over countless audiences.
Archie and The Bunkers will release their sophomore LP, Songs From The Lodge, on April 20th via Dirty Water Records.