December 22, 2013
Posted by: Roxy Kola
It was a Saturday night, three years ago, in Toronto. My cousin was on his honeymoon, and I was house sitting. And as any self-respecting house sitter would do, I sat around and played video games the whole time. The game I got hooked on was Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and especially due to the soundtrack. As I battled evil exes to the death with skateboards and rock’n'roll, I found myself carried away by the 8-bit hullabaloo of Anamanaguchi. I was a child again, lost in a virtual realm where coins are priority and boss battles separated the men from the boys. Sure, it was a fun game, but the music… the music did me in.
The New York based band released their first two albums in 2006 and 2009, with rave reviews. Anamanaguchi is a four-piece chip-tune band with non-chip-tune influences, such as Weezer and Beach Boys, thus providing them with a genuinely unique sound in an otherwise saturated genre. Their freshman and sophomore releases proved exceptional in their creativity and innovation. And their new release only continues the legacy as the band branches out from their traditional pop-punk themes and sails on into fresh sounds to reinvent the scene itself.
The band’s 2013 release “Endless Fantasy” debuted in May at number 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers and number 2 on Electronic/Dance Albums. Their new music incorporates house music, anthemic ballads, and even jazz, all while staying upbeat and true to their chip-tune roots. It is the same old Anamanaguchi we’ve all come to know and love, just with a bit of maturity mixed, signs of age and growth in musical skill and taste. This band will continue, I’m sure, to keep us on our toes for years to come as they bend the will of electronica with their 8-bit superpowers of genius and pizazz.