Los Bunkers

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Los Bunkers
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Background information
Origin Concepción, Biobío, Chile
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock, folk rock
Years active 1999—present
Labels Universal, La Oreja, Sony, Big Sur
Website www.losbunkers.cl
Members Álvaro López
Mauricio Durán
Francisco Durán
Gonzalo López
Mauricio Basualto
Past members Manuel Lagos, Jonatan Díaz

Los Bunkers (Spanish for The Bunkers) is an alternative rock band from Concepción, Chile, formed in 1999 by brothers Álvaro and Gonzalo López, Mauricio Basualto, and brothers Francisco and Mauricio Durán.

They are well known in their country for their contemporary sounds of rock, based on sounds of the 1960s, from bands like The Beatles, and also including sounds from their folk roots.[1] The band name is essentially a play on words that at the simplest level recalls Chilean rock groups of the 60s like Los Jokers and Los Sonnys. The use of the letter B and K was also considered to be desirable by the band as it aligned themselves with some of their biggest music idols such as The Beatles and The Kinks. Finally the word Bunkers is also symbolic of the refuge that the band and music had become against all that surrounded them [2]

They have released seven studio albums: Los Bunkers(The Bunkers)(2001), Canción de Lejos (Song From Afar) (2002), La Culpa (The Guilt) (2003), Vida de Perros (Dog's Life) (2005), Barrio Estación (Station's Neighborhood) (2008), Música Libre (Free Music) (2010) and La velocidad de la luz (The speed of light) (2013). Barrio Estación (Spanish for Station's Neighborhood) is their first album to be released internationally. The group has a live album called simply En Vivo (Spanish for Live) (2007).

History[edit]

United initially by their common love for The Beatles,[3] Los Bunkers have shown over the years a growing interest in the composition of Chilean folk roots, especially those working during the 1960s movement of the New Chilean Song. Between these two related creative influences, the band creates music associated with classic rock but with a new freshness, plus an exceptional flexibility that has allowed them to maintain a healthy pace of new albums.

Since of 2008, it has been the Chilean rock group most active in Mexico.

Los Bunkers is one of the three Chilean groups to appear at the Festival Lollapalooza Chicago 2011. They also appeared in Lollapalooza Santiago the same year.

Members[edit]

Current members
  • Álvaro López - vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion
  • Francisco Durán - vocals, keyboards, synthesizers, rhythm guitar
  • Mauricio Durán - lead guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals
  • Gonzalo López - bass, backing vocals
  • Mauricio Basualto - drums, percussion
Former members
  • Manuel Lagos - drums (1999–2001)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums/EPs[edit]

  • Jamás (Spanish for Never) (EP) (2000; self-released)
  • Los Bunkers (Spanish for The Bunkers) (April 3, 2001; Big Sur Records)
  • Canción de Lejos (Spanish for Song From Far) (June 6, 2002; Big Sur Records)
  • La Culpa (Spanish for The Guilt) (October 3, 2003; Sony Music)
  • Vida de Perros (Spanish for Dog's Life) (September 8, 2005; Sony Music)
  • Barrio Estación (Spanish for Neighborhood Station) (June 10, 2008; Universal Music)
  • Música Libre (Spanish for Free Music) (November 12, 2010; Universal Music)
  • La velocidad de la luz (Spanish for The speed of light) (May 14, 2013; Evolución Records)

Compilations[edit]

  • Singles 2001-2006 (CD/DVD) (October 2007;[4] Sony Music)

Live albums/DVDs[edit]

  • En Vivo (November 16, 2006; La Oreja Records)
  • Los Bunkers, Live in Concert (April 24, 2007; La Oreja Records)

Singles[edit]

Year Song Album
2000 "El Detenido" (Spanish for The Detainee) Los Bunkers
"Fantasías Animadas de Ayer y Hoy" (Spanish for Animated Fantasies of Yesterday & Today)
2001 "Entre Mis Brazos" (Spanish for Between My Arms)
"Yo Sembré Mis Penas de Amor en tu Jardín" (Spanish for I Planted my LoveGrief in your Garden)
2002 "Miño" Canción de Lejos
"Las Cosas Que Cambié y Dejé Por Ti" (Spanish for The Things I Change and Left For You)
"Pobre Corazón" (Spanish for Poor Heart)
2003 "Canción de Lejos" (Spanish for Song From Far)
"No Me Hables de Sufrir" (Spanish for Don't Speak To Me Of Suffering) La Culpa
"Canción Para Mañana" (Spanish for Song For Tomorrow)
2004 "La Exiliada del Sur" (Spanish for The South Woman Exiled)
"Cura de Espanto" (Spanish for Cure of Fright)
2005 "Ven Aquí" (Spanish for Come Here) Vida de Perros
"Llueve Sobre la Ciudad" (Spanish for Raining On The City)
2006 "Ahora Que No Estás" (Spanish for Now That You're Not Here)
"Miéntele" (Spanish for Lie To Him)
2007 "Y Volveré" (Spanish for And I'll Be Back)
2008 "Deudas" (Spanish for Debts) Barrio Estación
"Me Muelen A Palos" (Spanish for They Ground Me With Sticks)
"Nada Nuevo Bajo El Sol" (Spanish for Nothing New Under The Sun)
2009 "Fiesta" (Spanish for Party)
"Una Nube Cuelga Sobre Mí" (Spanish for A Cloud Hangs Over Me)
2010 "Sueño Con Serpientes" (Spanish for I Dream With Snakes) Música Libre
"Quién Fuera" (Spanish for Whoever It Was)
2011 "Angel Para Un Final" (Spanish for Angel To An End)
"Santiago de Chile" (Spanish for Santiago of Chile)
"La Era Está Pariendo Un Corazón" (Spanish for The Age Is Giving Birth to a Heart)
2013 "Bailando Solo" (Spanish for Dancing Alone) La velocidad de la luz

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