Tuesday, December 21, 2010

SEXBUNKER 2011

So, once again I feel compelled to announce that we are still, in fact, a band. We'll have some announcements soon, maybe some new recording plans, maybe even . . . a show. Or two.

Yelling into the void-
-Mez

Sunday, October 10, 2010

"great, more garbage" release weekend

this is what they do:


this is what we do:

this was our first rhythm guitar take of our fourth song "hostile organism" f.k.a. "take off and nuke the site from orbit." this is from our new four track EP known as "great, more garbage." so, at this point in time we have: "hardcore nobody asked for," "everything is awful," and "great, more garbage." now that i type it, those titles seem somewhat related but i assure you this is an interesting coincidence.

this release is different in many aspects from our previous ones. the continuity of the tracks is one of the interesting parts of it, which was initially conceived through live performances. throughout however long that we have been playing these four new songs, our aim was to have them segue way oh-so-well and i think the recording gets that point across rather well. the first side of it was composed before ben's departure from the band and the newest of the songs "letter of the law" was an ongoing work that stemmed from many years ago and as of the last couple months became fully formed, but was arranged even further during our tracking process. hostile organism actually started around a concept that was so easily put into words by ripley up there, but happened to be extremely reflective of our chronic disillusionment (at least i feel good when i'm playing it for you.)

at the church, we like to track instrument by instrument. this often allows for more creative control for our style of mixing. on this particular recording we did stereo drums, a bass guitar neck pick up, bass bridge pickup, two different rhythm guitar tracks on multiple amps with multiple guitars, a ton of stereo guitar leads, drone tuning guitars, a theremin, a trumpet and our baldwin organ on "stupid hat," and we experimented with different vocal spaces and settled on our lovely homemade iso booth in joe asshole's closet

our drum tracking set up consists of two condensers; one large diaphragm facing the low toms, one small diaphragm facing the hat and snare, a 57 on snare, and a no name large cardioid dynamic on our bass drum (which we successfully beefed up this time.) these go into my lovely electro voice summing mixer (BK series) and we take our stereo outs into our interface. the EV mixer is super transparent, love that solid state.

i like peaveys. my recording rig consists of the old early 90's silver TNT series (post blue, pre red, i hate the red series for bass at least.) these differ from the red series because of the serious output difference as the oldies are much hotter and mine's got a lovely import sheffield in it. anywho, the bass i used was a 1977 gibson rd artist series, which predates the gibson thunderbird and is one of the first basses to have active pickups powered by a 9 volt. this has some rockin aluminum nickel cobalt pickups in it and i spared no time getting tones from both the neck and bridge pups. no fuzz boxes this time folks. ill save the distortion for woji.

woji also likes peaveys. for this recording we used his classic tuber and also a roland jazz chorus head with a crate 4x12 cab, thanks to marty rabbit for the latter two. a good amount of the rhythm gtr tracking went back and forth with both of the previously mentioned amps but all of our leads were done of the peavey tuber. woji uses a fender jagstang on 3/4 of this ep and a mexican fender stratocaster on "stupid hat."

anyway, its fucking done now, we duped the tapes and dished em out at our release party in pilsen and also in dekalb the following night at the rocking 7th street space thanks to hasta lumbago, arrest mode, and richard scarry's. a kick ass porch party ensued later with plenty of singalongs, there were no survivors.

pictures in the next post folks, any questions, leave a comment

Monday, October 4, 2010

"GREAT, MORE GARBAGE" CASSETTE/DIGITAL EP RELEASE PARTY

Hey! We're not dead! Our new EP, which is gonna be available to download Friday at our snazzy new Bandcamp page, is also getting turned into a cassette for all you analog fans out there. (We're too broke for a seven inch.)

To celebrate, we're gonna have a party at Snake Church. You might have been there before.

THIS FRIDAY, the party starts at 5. The "Special Guests" will start around 9, and then Sex Bunker will play the songs from our new EP and a cover or two at midnight. It's fucking free, we just want you to come any listen and maybe buy a cassette. (For the low-low-low price of two bucks.) Also, it's BYOB. C'mon, you know you wanna.

Friday, September 10, 2010

TONIGHT @ SLUDGE'S

Unfortunately, this very well might be our last show for September. So come one, come all, and drink deep . . . we only have a couple of Everything is Awful cassettes left.

Friday, June 25, 2010

new songs for a new era of disillusionment

I have very little to say except that sex bunker will be recording new demos early in the month of july and will more than likely be producing them ourselves later in the month over at the lovely Gacy Hole. As of current, we have four songs, which are sonically sex bunker yet different in ways I cannot determine. Be on the look out here for: "Letter of the Law," "Untitled (tentatively known Hostile Organism," "Dubai," and also "And Now You're Going To Die Wearing That Stupid Little Hat."

The demos for these new cuts will be posted exclusively on this blogspot.
registered copyright trade and service mark 2010.

"Their one guitar player [HIS NAME IS WOJI, DAMNIT] is a kind of short but makes a huge sound and their singer was large and menacing, stalking the stage like he was looking for prey before taking it to the floor to sing the last few songs in the crowd."

http://www.punkvinyl.com/2010/05/28/mdc-526-at-reggies/

I wish he got a picture of woji talking through his guitar...

this has been bert

Thursday, June 24, 2010

FREE SHOWS FRIDAY AND SUNDAY

You know how much your pals in Sex Bunker love playing free shows? We love playing free shows so much that we're lugging our PA all around the greater Chicagoland area this weekend, just to play our music for y'all.

Friday, at Broukal's in Blue Island:





















Sunday, our first time to the Rock Box in Chicago:
















We're working on a covers set as well, and if you come out this weekend, you might just get a sneak preview. At the very least, you can get the cassette re-release of our last recording, Everything is Awful. And new buttons! Everybody likes buttons.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Michigan Invasion

So I don't know any derogatory slang terms for people from Michigan . . . but there's a bunch of these Michigan fucks coming to our place this Saturday. Attention Span and State are two great Michigan bands, and our buddies Decay After Death are playing, too, so come and dig some awesome hardcore.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

this friday, get locked out

This is a pretty cool BYOB venue, so everyone come out and have some fun. Five bucks ain't bad when you can bring your own booze.

Monday, May 24, 2010

MILLIONS OF DEAD COPS

Ancient legends tell of a band with a name so offensive wearing its t-shirts was a surefire way to get into trouble. No, I'm not talking about Anti-Flag, you dunce. I'm talking about MDC - better known as Multi-Death Corporations, Millions of Dead Children, Millions of Damn Christians, or, as punks across the world know them, MILLIONS OF DEAD COPS.

This Wednesday, Sex Bunker gets to share a stage with 'em. Come out to Reggie's, and see Dave Dictor spit some truth. We're playing around 7:15 or so but you should get there right as the doors open to see our homeboys Mad Minute tear shit up.



Tuesday, May 11, 2010

SUMMER PARTY @ THE GACY HOLE

There's a big shindig at the Hole this Saturday - come one, come all.

Friday, May 7, 2010

vidjeos from the hole

it's may now, kick ass. sex bunker is ready to relaunch, we all have to turn our keys at the same time, it is a fucking pain in the ass.

these were shot in late december at the gacy hole, not at homeless fest but the show that was a week or so before, which rocked, many thanks to mike (of death valley and NO fame)


go about a minute in, i'd like to say we took forever to play it cause it was the first song of the set, but we very well could have been too drunk to tune the right way in the first place.


this art is good

no anecdotes or yarns this time (see i pretend people are reading)

- bert

Friday, April 23, 2010

f.k.a. P.B.A.R.

"formerly known as pitbull assrape." in the beginning, i got a text message from woji that said i was in the band. i'd like to say that was in august of either 2007 or 2008, probably 2007. we had been drafted to support and open up for the band "the studs" down in normal, illinois on the main strip before they reconstructed all of it. so we ended up playing out at the trans-space gallery, which was an art gallery that was condemned or being shut down or something (or something.) so we went a few cars deep down there, i don't believe any of us went to school there (except for mark who set up the show, as far as i know,) and we found a trap door basement in this gallery. you do the math on what we did. anyway, we had 2 days to practice before this show, and we managed to get two practices in. we also managed to sneak a keyboard into a "punk" band, shit we even made up a song called "we have a keyboard in our band," i dont think there were any other lyrics. i think "blah blah blah" was around for the first two practices and that got played as well, in addition to "in the news today" (with ben on a keyboard,) a song called "ROBOCOP is a seven letter word" that was a noise-off (me and woji know our noises,) some song called "christ was a kike" and fuck if i know what else we did. needless to say, we partied heartily. so now, we began practicing weekly, sometimes bi-weekly, in woji's basement in mt. greenwood, which is on the south side of chicago. spent a good chunk of time there, but now i cant remember if we moved to blue island at the practice space above haas tavern before the second show or not... so we spent from lets say september to december practicing for our second show which was once again with the studs

any fucking way, i figure if you're still reading about our history, maybe you'd be interested in this:

that video is from the studs house on new years eve, i'd like to say 2007 going in to 2008, but how should i know, i was on acid. i enjoy the fact that we have it, many thanks to eileen. i'm also not sure of how many shows we played as pitbull assrape, but i know we definitely were situated in blue island at this point, we threw a couple shows there, and a couple parties where the entire blue island police department was involved which led to the eventual eviction of the tenant. these pictures are from june 22nd, 2008, and i think we look more like yippies now than we do in these pictures. lousy longhairs.

i dunno what to talk about now. we wrote viet-nam and then we were sex bunker. time flies on heavy dope.

this has been,
bert

Thursday, April 22, 2010

taking our sweet fucking time

fuck, it's now late april. dan pointed out to me last night that we'll have been a band for 3 years in august. the breakdown of this span of time is split between three places:

1) a year in a basement in lovely mount greenwood, with pure cop and robocop (i'll explain later)

2) a chunk of time above haas tavern in crackhead infested blue island

2.5) back to the basement, post blue island exodus

3) and now at the gacy hole in pilsen, which is not without it's charm or freebase cocaine users

there are technically 3 different recordings of sex bunker songs, none of which are really important besides the last one, "everything is awful" which is here for download if you didn't know. these discs just show our progress and the do-it-yrself spirit in full swing. there's a few older gems we don't really play anymore, including a song that was our previous namesake, maybe that'd be some good material for this here blog:

- "in the news today (pitbull assrape theme)"
this one is maybe one of the first 3 songs we made, i think we played it at our first show. anyway it's a bunch of headlines, awful awful headlines, maybe you've heard of a certain sodomy case involving a pitbull? i think you can make out the lyrics for the most part in this one, maybe i'll post them if not. it's a very weird song, both lyrically and musically, but it was formerly a mainstay in our set (and you can actually dance to it!) nowadays we do it at practice in 1/3 the time you hear here, and on occasion if it's all our friends at the show we'll pull that one out just for nostalgia's sake.

- "lies"
this very well could be the first song i wrote all the rhythm section for, ill take a stab in the dark and say its about people bullshitting you. much to our dismay, i found a rolling stones song that has the same hook, lies!, but i don't think that's the reason we stopped playing it. i think we used to play it fast when our songs were slower, and now that we play at meth overdose speed [without dipping into grind, ultraviolence (which doesn't really exist), or powerviolence speeds,] it chugs along like jason on sunday morning by comparison to the newer shit.

- "they said"
sweet chocolate jesus, this one's a doosey. we formally retired this one almost two years ago. after a year or so of playing it, we deemed it to be a knockoff bruce springsteen or "cougar" mellancamp song. hopefully you can hear why. i don't know what to really attribute that problem to: lack of lsd, too much grass smoking and bluegrass listening? shit, yr guess is as good as mine.

- "things even you can understand regardless of what you're on"
well, we still play this one, but its different on "everything is awful," that one is missing the opening bong rip! fuck yeah, obligatory drug use song! i penned this one completely, it needed a bit of a change up to reach completion so we used our war cry of the time "HIT THAT SHIT LIKE IT OWES YOU MONEY!" this one features one hell of a rip from a 5 footer from our pride and joy, jaybird to open up the song. somewhere out there, there's an alternate take of jerry doing the rip instead... this isn't just a pot song, i covered as much dope as i could. the title of the song was the title of this true story i was writing about criminal informants "narks!" in carbondale, il, but that shit got shelved. look at this you stoner:
two dynamic mics on that baby, one for the inhale and clear at the top, one for the lighter and slider at the bottom. fuck yeah, crowning achievement for the world of music recording...


i figure this is the best place to put all the media of sex bunker in one easy spot, cause you totally know thats how you want the internet to work. so inevitably, we will begin posting all the media and all the old shit. flyer archive sounds pretty good (we take pride in that shit.) videos, sure why not. (we never film ourselves, it just happens conveniently.) ideally, ill have a show from halloween 2009 at sludges up on here in the next post featuring decay after death, chum, and sex bunker, we went under the moniker of pitbull assrape and played in priest attire, a pretty fucking good look.

this has been bert,
director and curator of musical antiquities and assets

double post motherfuckers.

Monday, April 19, 2010

proof of life (or life of proof? eh? eh? fuck it)



So we're not dead. Bert is busy, I'm busy, Walsh is busy, Woji's busy, and Ben's always busy. We are working on new songs, with the eventual goal of a new release for this summer. This is a fluff post, put here to engage your interest without offering any real information.

Love,
Mez

PS - In lieu of actually having any content, here's a picture of Walsh playing around with a trumpet.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thursday, March 4, 2010

gacy hole homeless fest recordings 1

well. i told you i was gonna do it and now here's the first post in a series of the homeless fest recordings (in no particular order.) i know its not necessarily sex bunker music, but this show was put on by the cast and crew of the gacy hole, aka the sex bunker/shitheads family. wait, what is homeless fest you ask? simply put, homeless fest was a house show benefit at the gacy hole that happened in january 2010. it was an all day affair. there were a few schedule and line up changes (naturally.) if you came, we hope you enjoyed a whole day and a whole variety of music. the gacy hole may be doing it again some time...


STRAIGHT FACTS: i did the recordings, so you can blame me for any problems with quality or what ever you can find wrong. i'm amazed we got such clarity most of the show, i think most people will find that the balance between back up vocals and lead vocals was the biggest problem with the recordings (we had a -25 db pad stuck on one of the mics,) and there's the occasional squeal from the feedbacking microphone. some of the sets, shit got danced in to, some sets we had screamers. sadly, not all of the bands sets are usable audio, however, a majority of them are. at least i'm honest...

the original plan with these recordings was to make a compilation, but there was actually demand from many of the 14 bands to post their entire set upon hearing that it was recorded. i had not seen a majority of these bands before, so that presents a problem that i do not know many (if any) of the song titles. a good amount of them have banter before the song (actually after), so you might pick up on some band jive about what songs comin' up next. please be patient as i going to be contacting bands trying to get them to fill in the blanks for me. these have taken me a while to chop up into songs and to balance the stereo mix (ask me about it if you care at all, ill tell you about our recording set up for the show) but i'm putting up as much as possible of the usable audio of bands that the gacy family enjoys as fast as time allows. i'll be posting the songs in mp3 format so they'll be a snap to download.

if anybody's got any cool pictures of any of the band's sets or drunken good times over at the gacy hole, link em up here with an anecdote or two and well toss em into our whimsical showcase of the gacy hole homeless fest.

i'd hate to have to write a review of any of the sets on here and classify any band as some random genre that comes to mind, so i won't. Ha.

MORBID OBESITY - 14 songs
http://www.mediafire.com/?nlydyzuzxoy
ZIGGURAT - 8 songs
http://www.mediafire.com/?lyyzmzmn12y

Thursday, February 25, 2010

march shows

We're playing two shows in March. I'm posting these here as a preview for those few friends who read this thing.



Everybody is down for this one, make sure to come because it's gonna fucking melt faces.



Broukal's is our secret home base. We rock it out. We might be filming this show, we're not sure. If anyone can work a camera, we'd love to have 'em film it.


This has been Mez.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

free without expressed written or oral consent

blogspot has quickly become my preferred method of trading music. i'm probably stating what all of you know already and have been doing for years, but i think it's fanfuckingtastic that so many people are cooperating together to put up tapes, movies, and discs. i've been hitting the blogspot for a while now, but i finally decided to make this one for our band, bands we love to play with, and of course for distributing music freely.

so below is our all-DIY release that we feel is of the highest quality of all our releases; we wrote the music ('cept one lovely cover), we wrote the lyrics (save for the cover,) tracked, mixed, and mastered the album ourselves, burned the discs, xeroxed the insert, and (i) huffed the fuck out of crazy glue while making the jacket for the disc. we give that shit out for free at shows, act like you actually enjoyed our cacophony and we'll toss ya a button, sticker, or a patch (if you're the patch type.)


download from mediafire:
http://www.mediafire.com/?oegonet2jjx

i'd like to post a couple other demos for bands we hold near and dear as well. that'll probably be real soon as this blogging thing is actually holding my attention. more musings, stories, music, and sweet linking action next time. thanks for even reading this.

this has been bert.

Madness and Bullshit

Hey kids, we're not dead, we're just on a short break for February.