Archie and The Bunkers are an American rock’n’roll duo formed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2013. The group consists of brothers Emmett (drum/vocals) and Cullen O’Connor (Organ/vocal). The pair began recording music in their basement self-producing their first 2 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, 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.”
The band kicked off 2016 with a tour that spanned 7 countries. They also self-released a vinyl-only, 6-song EP titled, “Mystery Lover”.
Emmett plays exclusively cheap vintage Japanese drum kits and is endorsed by splintered drumsticks. Cullen is endorsed by various organs and keyboards found on Craigslist.
“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.” –Classic Rock Magazine, UK
“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!” –Eric Davidson, New Bomb Turks/CMJ Magazine
- Sally Lou
- Lady In RKO
- I’m Not Really Sure What I’m Gonna Do
- Knifuli Knifula
- You’re the Victim
- Different Track
- Miss Taylor
- The Last Stooge
- I Wish I Could
- Trade Winds