Sat 7/22 @ 8PM
For a couple of teenagers, the brothers who comprise Cleveland garage rock band Archie & the Bunkers have gone far — literally. After making their first trip to Europe last year to follow up on the buzz for their recordings on London-based Dirty Water Records, they returned for a month-long trip from mid-June through mid-July. It took them through France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal, and included a pair of festivals.
The buzz is justified. Drummer Emmett and organist Cullen (both do vocals) have absorbed a vast amount of music history — garage, punk, blues, jazz — including music from Cleveland’s storied underground. (They often include the Dead Boys’ “Sonic Reducer” in their sets). That musical sophistication combined with their youthful energy adds up to a combustible act that’s well worth catching.
You can do so at their homecoming concert at the Happy Dog Euclid Tavern. Two Hands and Packwolf open. Admission is $8 for all — no added charge for underage, which is appropriate.