11698687_703564539755714_160824371090118670_nBefore playing their first Columbus show, organ-punk band Archie and The Bunkers answered a couple questions for Columbus Calling. The band is composed of two young brothers Emmett (vocals and drums) and Cullen (organ and vocals) who both hail from Lakewood, Ohio.

Who was the first punk musician/band?

Emmett: Punk music in general is just rock’n’roll music. You can go back all the way to Buddy Holly and say he did it or go after them and say the Stones and say they did it. I think Iggy Pop did it.
The Damned. I think Iggy Pop is pretty punk though. Like the early Stooges stuff or The Damned. They have that attitude that can’t be matched.

Who is the most underrated musician or songwriter?

C: Captain Sensible!
E: Hahaha no, no, no. Probably the Woggles.
C: The Woggles yeah!
E: They’re amazing and they put on AMAZING performances.

What animals would describe your personalities?
C: Captain Sensible, he’s an animal.
E: No. That’s a hard question he would probably be…
C: Pig! (pointing to Emmett)
E: You would probably be a chimpanzee.

If you could go anywhere in space, what would you do?
C: Play a show! Just play music in outer space.
E: But you can’t hear it in outer space!
C: We are not getting that scientific. If I could do anything I would just bring my organ. Just be up there floating around in circles.
E: Like one of those exotic album covers from the ‘50s. No, but seriously I have no idea. I guess just look down at the earth.
If you could have any superpower what would it be?
E: Oh flying!
C: What if you get chopped up by the propeller of a plane?
E: No that’s only if you have a cape.
C: Invisibility. Because then I could play invisible. He’d be flying around the drum set and I’d be invisible. People would actually come to see us then!

Who is your biggest modern inspiration?
E: John Spencer and Jack White.
C: I don’t know anyone modern.
E: You’re just gonna say Captain Sensible.
C: Yeah! I would say Captain Sensible. Like Captain Sensible’s amazing! I just don’t listen to a lot of new music. You (pointing to Emmett) listen to a lot more new music than I do.

Then who is your biggest old inspiration?
C: For jazz organ, Jimmie Smith. He’s the biggest musical inspiration. The Damnned, I love their comedic style. I love their slap happy random songs. Like These Hands!
E: Are you sure you’re not talking about The Dickies?
C: No These Hands dude. They have some amazing songs!

Do you believe in mythical creatures? If so what ones?
E: Bigfoot.
C: Well I believe that I might be a mythical creature.
E: You were found on the railroad track so you think you’re…
C: I believe I might be something. I might be a unicorn in disguise. I probably believe in… Pygmies?
E: Pygmies are real! They’re not mythical, they actually exist.
C: Oh man, what’s mythical?
E: Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot…
C: Bigfoot. Bigfoot is real.
E: At least Harry from Harry and The Hendersons.



*For reference: Cullen of Archie and The Bunkers on the left, Captain Sensible on the right.


Color me tempted. Legendary ’90s rappers Geto Boys roll into Columbus on Friday night for a performance at XClusive Elite Entertainment Center (1921 Channingway Center Dr.). What better way to celebrate America’s independence than with Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill? Tickets start at $25.

The Houston trio has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a new release (Habeas Corpus). With two weeks to go, they are about a quarter towards their goal – toss in a few bucks if you want to hear new stuff.


It would probably be a pretty punk move to jack the source code for the Soundcloud embed and throw it up here but I’m not a punk so, instead, I’ll direct you over to Noisey who is premiering the new Nervosas self-titled LP. I’m guessing listening to a vinyl copy of the album will be more rewarding but the post-punk songs don’t sound too bad in a digital format. You can pick up a physical copy from Dirtnap Records (or, I imagine, many local record stores) starting July 10. I’ll admit, I’m very late in jumping on the bandwagon (is there a bandwagon to jump on?) and when I say that this might be one of my favorite local releases of 2015, I sort of suspect the band might break up because they’ll feel like they did something wrong if a guy like me likes their music. #kiddingnotkidding


Bully is currently touring America with Best Coast and on June 18th they played the Newport. Alicia Bognanno is the fiery onstage front woman of the Nashville-based punk band. Offstage Alicia is probably one of the sweetest, friendliest musicians I’ve ever met. She’s probably also the coolest person I’ve ever eaten pizza in a bathroom with. While she gnawed on a quick slice from Mikey’s after her set, she answered a couple questions in the quietest spot we could find in the Newport, the bathroom.

It’s a friday night and you’re not on tour, where are you, what are you doing?

I’m sitting at my house watching netflix and hanging out with my dog.

What do you like to watch?
I haven’t gotten to watch netflix for almost a month! So I binged watched the new season of OITNB last night.

What is your favorite comic book?
I love “Unloveable” by Ester Pearl Watson. It’s based off a diary she found in the girl’s bathroom in the 80s. It’s a really hilarious graphic novel about a really awkward teenager. It’s awesome!


If you could play in any venue or at any festival, what’s the dream?
I want to play Primivera [Sound] in Spain. I’ve never been there so I think that’d be awesome.

Who would you consider the be the most underrated musician/songwriter?
I have no idea… I don’t know.

So you did all the sound engineering on the album right?

What was that like?
It was great! I’ve never done it any other way, so it was just the usual for Bully.

What was your favorite part about making the new album?
Probably just having the freedom to do whatever I wanted to do with it.

How’d you feel when Best Coast asked you to tour with them?
We were so excited! It’s a much bigger tour than we usually do. We’re usually just playing little rooms.



It’s been a long time in the making – and was rumored to be done last summer – but this Friday evening marks the release of The Receiver’s third album, All Burn. The Cooper brothers (Casey – vocals, keys, bass; Jesse – drums) have been releasing music since 2006 though they favor getting it right rather than getting it out quickly.

I’ve always thought The Receiver have an early Radiohead sound and after giving All Burn a quick spin earlier today, I’ll continue to think that! I think it’s going to take a few listens to really appreciate the depth of this album, but even on the surface it’s a lush and dreamy sounding affair that sets a calm and peaceful mood. The novelty of music duos has worn off, but there’s a certain type of magic between two brothers that other bands just can’t capture.

New merch – including physical copes of All Burn – will be available at Ace of Cups on Friday evening. Playing to Vapors and Fingers will set the tone early on before The Receiver takes the stage. Should be a packed house to help the Cooper brothers celebrate their first new album in 6 years.