Anamanaguchi

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Anamanaguchi
Anamanaguchi Group Photo.JPG
Anamanaguchi posing for a picture at Webster Hall, New York City on January 21, 2013. Left to right: Ary Warnaar, Luke Silas, Peter Berkman (bottom), and James DeVito. (Photo: Samuel Abram)
Background information
Origin New York, New York, United States
Genres Indie rock, electronic, chiptune
Instruments Guitar, bass guitar, Drum Kit, NES, Game Boy
Years active 2004–present
Associated acts 8bitpeoples, Knife City, George & Jonathan
Website www.anamanaguchi.com
Members Peter Berkman
James DeVito
Luke Silas
Ary Warnaar
Past members Spencer Casey
Charlie Hankin
George Michael Brower

Anamanaguchi is an American chiptune rock band from New York City, that "makes loud, fast music with a hacked NES from 1985."[1] The band has four members: lead songwriter and guitarist Peter Berkman, bassist James DeVito, guitarist Ary Warnaar and drummer Luke Silas.[2]

The origin of the band's name is unclear. In one interview, Berkman said the name "Anamanaguchi" came about from a member in one of his former bands pronouncing gibberish in the style of Jabba the Hutt.[3] On several other occasions, the band has explained that their name came about after the members worked as interns at Armani (Berkman and DeVito), Prada (Warnaar), and Gucci (Silas) while studying fashion at Parsons School of Design (though three of the four majored in Music Technology at New York University). People began calling them the "Armani-Prada-Gucci boys," which eventually was slurred into "Anamanaguchi."[4]

Like other chiptune artists, Anamanaguchi creates music using video game hardware from the mid-to-late 1980s: namely a NES and a Game Boy. Berkman has stated that their music isn't just based around video game music and that much of it is inspired by "[s]imple pop stuff, like Weezer and the Beach Boys,"[5] as well as Janet Jackson.[6]

The band composed music for the video game adaptation of the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game.[7] The soundtrack for the game was released on Amazon and iTunes by ABKCO Records on August 24, 2010.[8] The soundtrack debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart (aka Soundscan's New Artist Chart).[9] Two tracks from Dawn Metropolis ("Blackout City" and "Mermaid") were also used for the Bit.Trip Runner soundtrack. In October 2010 it was announced that Anamanaguchi would appear in the music video game, Rock Band, with the track "Airbrushed".[10] Anamanaguchi's second LP Endless Fantasy came out on May 14, 2013 and debuted at No. 1 on the aforementioned Heatseekers chart.[11] The band's song "Jetpack Blues, Sunset Hues" is the current theme to Chris Hardwick's The Nerdist Podcast.[12] On November 26, 2013, Anamanaguchi appeared as guests on the very podcast itself.[13]

On May 3, 2013, Anamanaguchi provided a Kickstarter project for their album Endless Fantasy. In just 11 hours, their funding goal of $50,000 was reached. At the end of its run, the project was backed by 7,253 people who contributed to raising a grand total of $277,399,[14] making it the second most-successful music project to be funded on Kickstarter at the time, behind that of singer Amanda Palmer.[15]

Anamanaguchi was featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on June 17, 2013, where they played their song "Endless Fantasy" from the album of the same name.

(left to right) James DeVito, Peter Berkman and Ary Warnaar in Brooklyn, New York, in 2009

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[16]
US
Dance

[17]
Heatseekers
[18]
Dawn Metropolis
Endless Fantasy 102 2 1
"—" denotes items which failed to chart.

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2010 "Airbrushed" Summer Singles
"My Skateboard Will Go On"
"Aurora (Meet me in the Stars)"
"Airbrushed" (RAC remix)
"Mess"
2011 "My Skateboard Will Go On" Split w/ Starscream
2013 "Meow" Endless Fantasy
"Endless Fantasy"
2014 "Prom Night"[19]

Live albums[edit]

  • Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY, USA (2011)
  • Disco Ball Kisses for the Sky Jumpers (2011)
  • Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, USA (2011)

Compilation albums[edit]

Soundtracks[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[16]
US
Dance

[17]
Heatseekers
[18]
Bit.Trip Runner ("Blackout City" and "Mermaid")
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game (Original Videogame Soundtrack) 180 7 3
"—" denotes items which failed to chart.

Covers[edit]

  • "You Gave Your Love to Me Softly" by Weezer (2005)
  • "So Bored" by Wavves (2009)
  • "I Will" by The Beatles (2009)
  • "Don't Save Us From the Flames" by M83 (2011)

Remixes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anamanaguchi Home Page as of October 10, 2011
  2. ^ Berkman, Peter, James DeVito, and Ary Warnaar. "Anamanaguchi Avoid the Perils of Cheap Nostalgia." Interview by Vijith Assar. The Village Voice. 4 August 2009. Web. 13 August 2009.
  3. ^ Machkovech, Sam (2013-05-23). "Anamanaguchi: The Ninja Turtles of Rock « Polygon". polygon.com. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  4. ^ "We Talked to Anamanaguchi About Bitcoin, Memes, and Dick Tricks | NOISEY". Noisey.vice.com. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  5. ^ Berkman, Peter. "8-bit punks Anamanaguchi beyond the side-scrollers." Interview by David Wolinsky. A.V. Club. 18 July 2011. Web. 18 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Anamanaguchi: From NES to MTV - IGN". IGN. 02-08-13. Retrieved 20-02-14. 
  7. ^ Twitter / Anamanaguchi: WE ARE DOING THE MUSIC FOR. Twitter.com. Retrieved on 2010-11-16.
  8. ^ Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game (Original Videogame Soundtrack): Anamanaguchi: MP3 Downloads. Amazon.com. Retrieved on 2010-11-16.
  9. ^ "Heatseekers Albums 2010-09-11". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  10. ^ Anamanaguchi bring chiptunes to Rock Band « MusicPron. Musicpron.com. Retrieved on 2010-11-16.
  11. ^ "Heatseekers Albums 2013-06-01". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  12. ^ Hardwick, Chris (2011-11-30). "Nerdist Podcast Theme on Two Guitars « Nerdist". Nerdist.com. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  13. ^ Levine, Katie (2013-11-26). "NERDIST PODCAST: ANAMANAGUCHI". Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  14. ^ "Anamanaguchi - make Endless Fantasy more than an album by Anamanaguchi". Kickstarter.com. 2013-05-03. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  15. ^ "Kickstarter Projects - Music - Most Funded". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  16. ^ a b "Anamanaguchi – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "Anamanaguchi – Chart History: Dance/Electronic Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  18. ^ a b "Anamanaguchi – Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  19. ^ Anamanaguchi. "Prom Night 2014 SINGLE". SoundCloud. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 

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