Damaged Bug is the cracked-up solo project of Thee Oh Sees frontman and all-round garage-psych mastermind John Dwyer. Bunker Funk is a cool little thing, wrapping songs in lots of strange sounds and textures. Electroacoustic garage-funk? Yeah, something like that. Out on Dwyer’s own imprint Castle Face.
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Castle Face founder and member of one of now’s biggest rawk bands John Dwyer is back from his latest studio cave to deliver a collection of softly wild scurrying songs with many electronics going haywire around him. All presented on a choice of black vinyl or a limited clear with multicoloured splatter version. Totally trippy, man.
I guess the title is quite apt, the music on Bunker Funk sounding like it’s been made by the last man on earth having a great weird time in his nuclear bunker. Drums that alternate between propulsive and swaggering lay down the awkward funk while synths and guitars lead with far-out pentatonic noodling while Dwyer does his best hippy Brit impression with his mouth and lungs. Oh and did I say that the synths are really fucking far out? This guy really wants you to know he’s a psych lord. I guess that’s why he made an album though really.
The album is presented as a side project but as well as that being a stupid term, Bunker Funk feels more like a jam band in itself, all natural drums with some fun bass lines sewn beneath. 6th track ‘Rick’s Jummy’ is definitely worth a listen if you’re considering this (and can find it online), a very good song and indicator of what Dwyer can do. As a whole, it’s got the spacey echoes of recent bands like Gnoomes as well as the old school krautiness of folks like Can.
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