Anamanaguchi is a boy band made up of hackers and producers born & raised on the Internet, currently living in New York City.
On May 14th, they are releasing Endless Fantasy through their own brand new label, dream.hax - their first album since soundtracking Scott Pilgrim vs. The World in 2010.
Anamanaguchi started in Pete Berkman's basement in the suburbs of New York where Weezer, snacks and Super Nintendo lived in equal rotation. At 15, he began experimenting with creating punk music using an 8-bit NES. Following bass player James DeVito to NYU's Music Technology program, Pete met Ary Warnaar who grew up in LA on raves, fashion and lazer tag. Ary began writing for the band, lending a more academic electronic-influence to Berkman's capricious pop sensibilities. Later that year Luke joined as the band's drummer via a MySpace message and then the band had fully formed.
Anamanaguchi is serious about being happy. They're part of a wave of young Internet romantics, nostalgic for a future they know may never come, but can see the seeds of it in the beauty that surrounds them. They're making emotional dance music for the video game generation and aren't afraid to claim it. Anamanaguchi was born past cynicism & indifference; they're in love with the universe and aim to celebrate magic-made-real with their music. The band is interested in breathing life into low-tech machines and making expressive, emotional melodies using the simplest, rawest electronic tones available.
Anamanaguchi is what the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would've been if they were a boy band. Ary is cool but rude, Luke is a party dude, Pete leads, and James does machines (he's responsible for all the DIY sound-and-light electronics the band uses).
Their upcoming album Endless Fantasy is about reality and dreams, being young and searching for agency in an in?xfb01;nite existence. Its 22-tracks explore dreamworlds of all kinds from polygon forests, to Tokyo drifting hills at 100mph, to the lifestream from Final Fantasy VII.
They teamed up with editors from Tim & Eric to make their first music video, "MEOW" - a fever dream version of "The Warriors" set in the perfect arcade. The video lives as a David Lynch by-way-of John Hughes ode to the victorious feeling of suburban escapism through friends and fun.
Last week, Anamanaguchi launched a Kickstarter in an effort to self-release their album and fund assets beyond that such as music videos, tour lighting and more. They reached their goal of $50,000 in the first 11 hours.
05/16 - Hamden, CT - The Space
05/17 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza +
05/18 - Boston, MA - Sinclair
05/19 - Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar
05/21 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
05/22 - Ottawa, ON - Maverick's
05/23 - Toronto, ON - Hoxton
05/24 - Detroit, MI - Shelter *
05/25 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
05/26 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock *
05/28 - Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose *
05/29 - St Louis, MO - The Demo *
05/30 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot *
05/31 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater *
06/01 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Shred Shed *
06/04 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore *
06/06 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey *
06/07 - Portland, OR - Backspace *
06/08 - San Francisco, CA - Brick + Mortar Music Hall *
06/09 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop *
06/11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex (Check Yo Ponytail) *
07/12 - La Jolla, CA - The Stage at Porter's Pub ^
7/14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Rhythm Room ^
7/16 - Austin, TX - Red 7 ^
7/17 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada ^
7/18 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds's ^
7/19 - New Orleans, LA - Hi-Ho Lounge ^
7/20 - Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn ^
7/21 - Ybor City, FL - Crowbar ^
7/23 - Orlando, FL - The Social ^
7/24 - Raleigh, NC - King's Barcade ^
7/25 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter ^
7/26 - Washington D.C. - Rock & Roll Hotel ^
7/27 - Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant St ^
7/28 - Rochester, NY - Club @ Water Street Music Hall ^
+ Album Release Party w/ Pictureplane, Hot Sugar
* w/ Chrome Sparks
^ w/ Kitty Pryde
Listen to 'Space Wax America' here