20 Years of Bunker

Photo by Lavine Linarez
Photo by Lavine Linarez
Das Bunker celebrated its 20 year run the only way it knows how. Providing 3 days (October 14- 17) of electronic, avant-garde and eccentric environment for musicians and enthusiasts. For those unfamiliar with Das Bunker (known to most as just Bunker), it is one of the longest running electronic music clubs in Los Angeles.

Bunker’s long history began when Franck "H-Bomb" Huyghe shared Bunker in a small club in Long Beach until it eventually moved to Jewel’s Catch One (now known as Union) in Los Angeles. What started as a small club to listen and dance to industrial music became the premier community for all industrial, EBM and avant-garde artists. Showcasing such acts as VNV Nation, Youth Code, guest DJ’s from Nitzer Ebb and a comfortable atmosphere where one would occasionally see members of Skinny Puppy just hanging out.
Photo by Lavine Linarez
Photo by Lavine Linarez
Photo by Lavine Linarez
Photo by Lavine Linarez
Photo by Lavine Linarez

Since electronic music is the driving force for most industrial bands, every Friday became a safe haven for all those “weirdoes” who only listen to noise. The traditional use of instruments is usually altered through synthesizers and/or other methods. Although there are purest believing there is only one way to make electronic music, Bunker has embraced an attitude of exploring all aspects of electronic music (with the exception of Dubstep.)

Photo by Lavine Linarez
Not all that attend Bunker are hardcore “ebbheads” (a throwback name for Nitzer Ebb fans) or “goths.” It has expanded to a combination of both lovers of experimental, electronic, industrial music and new comers checking out the scene with friends. No matter the reason for attending, the extreme dress or music, most attending on a regular basis inevitably become familiar with one another and develop friendships running into each other at other venues and events. Bunker has created a safe and friendly home (truly a bunker of sanctuary) to those wanting to take off the mask they must wear during the week or put one on for a night and just move and dance to good electronic music.

Written by Lavine Linarez

Photo by Lavine Linarez
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