Since forming in 2016, Hull sextet Bunkerpop have been forging a path very much of their own creation. Channelling the likes of New Wave artists such as Talking Heads and Devo through a lens of scrappy guitar pop in the vein of bands like Parquet Courts, the six-piece succeed in bringing the classic kicking and screaming into the contemporary.
Indeed, such is the band’s propensity for doing things their own way, that their 2019 debut album was crowdfunded, self-produced and then released on the band’s own micro-label Fast & Bulbous. An upbeat and often experimental foray into the band’s psyche, the self-titled debut established both Bunkerpop’s ethos and their atypical approach towards their music.
While much of what’s come previously has been largely instrumental, new single ‘Time’s Up, Lights Out’ is the first to feature a vocal in the true sense, and as such has allowed the band to channel their anger and ire in a way unseen on previous release.
“Times Up, Lights Out is our art-pop ode to all things angular and edgy” the band explain. “On this occasion we are venting our frustration and anger at the powers that be and the fact that we’ve had enough of them wasting time, money and resources whilst ignoring the fact that the poorest people in our society are getting poorer as the rich get richer…..basically we’re telling them they’ve had their chance now fuck off.”
- Paul John Sarel
- Trevor Simpson
- Mark Blissenden
- Jonathan Wainberg
- Carlos Macklin
- Leon Welburn