Archie and the Bunkers, which consists of teenage brothers Emmett and Cullen O'Connor on keys and vocals, formed in 2013. They are a musical anomaly in that the compositions they write are refreshingly new, but they draw their influences from classic musicians and movies of the past.
Influences range from jazz organ greats like Jimmy Smith and Richard "Groove" Holmes to punk icons Dead Boys and the Stooges. "We have jazz influences like Jimmy Smith, who's a great organist," says Cullen. "We owe a lot to our parents for getting us into music. We just went into our own directions. We found tons of different bands, and it's been like a tree with all the branches going out in different directions. I don't think anyone our age knows who the Dead Boys are."
Producer/engineer Jim Diamond captured their "HI-FI Organ Punk" sound that Emmett describes as "rock 'n' roll that's been peeled back to its raw foundation." "We've created our own genre," he says. "But we just like to play rock 'n' roll. He says recording at Ghetto Recorders was a blast. "It was really cool getting to do our record there, especially since they're tearing it down," he says. "We drove, set up and recorded pretty much everything. Then, we went back to the hotel and recorded the next day. The next day Jim played us our songs and we liked them." The band is in the process of finalizing a European tour for 2016. "It's been crazy how quickly people got interested in the band," says Cullen.
The dark seducing of Sally Lou Opens the album with percussive coaxing and almost as quickly the heavy haunting of organ, the song subsequently slips into gear and a gentle but purposeful stroll. As Cullen’s fingers dance over the keys of his nostalgia oozing instrument with at times, as in many songs, a potent hue of The Stranglers’ Dave Greenfield to its melodic weave, vocals twist and turn in emotion and intensity as slower croons evolve into brawling squalls and vice versa.
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The Dirty Water Club started in October 1996 in the Tufnell Park neighbourhood of north London, at a venue called The Boston. The club's name is derived from The Standells' 1966 hit 'Dirty Water' which glorifies the US city of Boston, Massachusetts.
Past performers have included The White Stripes (voted by Q Magazine as one of the top 10 gigs of all time, Mojo one of the top 30 and Kerrang one of the top 100!), The Gories, NOBUNNY, Kid Congo Powers (from the Cramps), The Fleshtones, Billy Childish, Radio Birdman, The Dirtbombs, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The 188.8.131.52's, The Horrors and The Brian Jonestown Massacre to name just a few. The club has also seen some original '60s performers, such as The Monks, ? and the Mysterians, Kim Fowley, Sky Saxon, GONN, Michael Davis of the MC5 and more grace its stage.
Their in-house record label, Dirty Water Records, is one of the leading garage/beat/(real) R&B labels in the world.