Welcome to Sunderland

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Welcome to Sunderland CD

Welcome to Sunderland was a free CD compiled by The Bunker and given away with DN magazine in September 2011. It features 11 of the most prominent artists from Sunderland during 2011 and was a veritable treat for the ears of the lucky ones who picked up a copy.

If you’re a local soul you’ll have probably heard of some of these artists before. If you’re new to our fair city, you’re in for a real treat. Here’s the skinny on each of our top talents, for your enjoyment.

Perhaps the best-known of all Sunderland’s musical exports, The Futureheads have been making music together for over a decade. With four albums and a top ten single under their belts, they’re now setting themselves a new challenge, recording their fifth album entirely acappella. thefutureheads.co.uk

Brothers David and Peter Brewis form the heart of intelligent indie band Field Music. Three albums into their career, they’re garnered incredible reviews for their inventive art-rock sound, and have previously been hand-picked by Belle and Sebastian to open their gigs. field-music.co.uk

Do-wop pop tarts Frankie & Heartstrings only got together in late 2008, but have already made waves around the country. Their début album ‘Hunger’ was released in February and reached #32 in the UK album chart. They’ve played festivals around the world, and have even recently been heard on Emmerdale. Rock and roll. frankieandtheheartstrings.com

Another brotherly duo, Gallery Circus are twins who make an ungodly racket something akin to Muse playing an American rodeo. And thoroughly trashing the place. Cerebral, ballsy and outright brilliant, they’re the only band you’re likely to see where the drummer plays standing up. http://www.gallerycircus.com

Chased By Wolves bring the sun-bleached, whiskey-soaked sound of the American mid-west to the British north east. Gritty and soulful, they match bone-shaking country rock with cathartic blues, and contrasting male/female vocals. http://www.chasedbywolves.com/

Chamber-folk foursome Matt Stalker & Fables make string-laden loveliness akin to Jeff Buckely. Their début album ‘The Man Who Said This Died Of Alchemy’ was released earlier this year, the culmination of ten years of work. Between enchanting the region’s music fans with their stunning live shows, they’re also beavering away on a follow-up record. http://www.myspace.com/mattjstalker

Comprised of The Futurehead’s drummer Dave Hyde and former Golden Virgins’ drummer Neil ‘Beast’ Bassett, Hyde & Beast began as a fun side project for the two friends in the depths of Neil’s studio. However the music world soon got wind of their psychedelic off-kilter sound and propelled them into the spotlight. http://www.hydeandbeast.co.uk

Crown prince of our blooming folk scene is The Lake Poets. One man and a occasional, rotating roster of backing musicians, The Lake Poets play haunting, honest acoustic music that has been heard at Glastonbury, Evolution and Split Festivals. http://www.myspace.com/thelakepoets

After the weird and wonderful? Or the loud and frantic? Or perhaps you like your music to be played by men dressed as colourful masked birds? B>E>A>K is the answer to all these queries and more. Huge, brash instrumental jazz-rock, B>E>A>K are the wildest flock in the region, and have to be experienced to be believed. http://www.facebook.com/beaksunderland

We Beat The System are a alternative/new wave band with presence and muscle beyond their tender years. They’ve got piles of live experience under their belts, having supported the likes of The Automatic, Frankie and the Heartstrings, Chapel Club, Flashguns and Dutch Uncles. They’re currently recording their début EP. http://www.myspace.com/webeatthesystemuk

Indie-pop doesn’t come much more danceable than the tunes of Athletes In Paris. With influences ranging from Friendly Fires to Stevie Wonder, they’ve caught the ears of folk all around the country, and have even played a session for BBC6 Music. http://www.myspace.com/athletesinparis

Formed from the ashes of well-loved hardcore band This Ain’t Vegas, Coal Train play alternative rock that’s both reflective and uncompromising. Coal Train is all about big tunes with a soft centre, layering driven guitars and delicate piano. An active presence on the local music scene, they completed a headline tour of Europe earlier this year. http://www.coal-train.blogspot.com/

If the heavier end of the rock spectrum is your cup of tea, you could do a heck of a lot worse than Ashes of Iron. The metalheads are readying themselves, and the world, for the release of their début album. Hearty, thrashing retro-rock, expect walloping melodies, duelling guitars and thunderous grooves. http://www.myspace.com/ashesofiron

After sixteen years, a half-dozen studio albums, one live album, two discographies, and countless seven and twelve-inches, Leatherface still reigns as one of the most powerful punk rock bands around. Their influence has touched hardcore and punk around the globe for decades. Even spawning a tribute album in their honour, they truly are the daddies. http://www.leatherface.biz

01 The Futureheads – The Beginning Of The Twist

02 Field Music – Write A Book

03 Frankie and The Heartstrings – Hunger

04 Gallery Circus – Cool Your Foolish Heart

05 Chased By Wolves – Be My Love

06 Matt Stalker & The Fables – Apostrophe Catastrophe

07 Hyde & Beast – (and the) Pictures In The Sky

08 The Lake Poets – Windowsill

09 BEAK – Pecky Bird

10 We Beat The System – Only If

11 Athletes in Paris – Heartbeat

12 Coal Train – 8 Hours

13 Ashes Of Iron – Sanefull

14 Leatherface – Never Say Goodbye

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Staff Quote: "It was a very lively session which all the students engaged. It was good for the students to express themselves." Students Quote: "I liked the drumming, I liked the beats. The teachers were nice, I learnt new skills to do with drumming."  

Barry Hyde, The Futureheads

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"The Bunker is a superb place to have in Sunderland, it is a breeding ground for talent and without it I doubt I would have ever become a professional musician. I have been going there for 15 years and it's better than ever. It's soulful, ethical and affordable and the city would be screwed without it. I love it."

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"Sunderland owes a great deal to the Bunker. Not just because of the bands it has helped to nurture. Well known bands reveal only a fraction of the important work that the bunker does. The work the bunker does is truly invaluable and our City cannot do without it!

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