Anagram (band)

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Origin Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Genres Post punk
Years active 2002 (2002)–2012
Labels Dead Astronaut
Associated acts Surinam
Members Clayton Churcher
Matt Mason
Willy Mason
Jeff Peers
Past members Jon Schwartz
Chris Levoir
Christopher Sandes
Chris Taylor

Anagram was a Canadian punk rock band from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada later based out of Toronto. The group is known for loud, frenzied and sometimes violent live shows.[1][2]


Singer Matt Mason founded the band with his fraternal twin Willy Mason.[3] The band went through a number of personnel changes, but it eventually settled into its current membership: Matt Mason, lead vocals; Jeff Peers, bassist; Clayton Churcher, drummer;and Willy Mason, guitarist. Their self-titled debut EP was released in late 2003.

The band's first full-length album, After Dark, was released in early 2006 to positive reviews.[4] Andrew Steenberg of Exclaim! wrote that the album was "a lesson in how music should be played."[5] They also released a split 12" with The Creeping Nobodies of Toronto and a 7" single in mid-2007.

The band released their third album in 2010 Majewski on record label Dead Astronaut. It was named in memory of Oshawa artist Michal Majewski.[6][7]

Of their live shows, Now wrote, "Their droning hypnotism has been known to arouse urges to violence and maybe a house fire or two."[8] Anagram played their final show at The Silver Dollar Room on April 13, 2012.[9]

Anagram disbanded in 2012; in 2013, three members of Anagram's final lineup reconvened as Surinam.[10][2]


  1. ^ David Marchese (February 2008). "Bands: Anagram". SPIN. SPIN Media LLC. Vol. 24, No. 2: 103–. ISSN 0886-3032. 
  2. ^ a b "UNCHARTED: Meet Surinam, the new band from Ontario terrors Anagram"]. Chris Hampton - Jan 22, 2014
  3. ^ Perlich, Tim (2006-01-12). "Punk puzzle: unravelling the enigma of Anagram". Now. Archived from the original on 2006-12-14. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  4. ^ Hamilton, Mark (2006-07-06). "Translate! The beautiful mess of Toronto's Anagram". Fast Forward Weekly. Archived from the original on 2009-01-09. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  5. ^ Steenberg, Andrew (February 2006). "Anagram: After Dark". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2008-02-11. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Anagram's creepy ode". NOW Toronto, by Jordan Bimm October 22, 2010
  7. ^ "Anagram Majewski". Exclaim!, By Nicole Villeneuve Oct 19, 2010
  8. ^ "Extermination Music Night, August 19". Now. 2006-08-24. Archived from the original on 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  9. ^ Levack, Chandler (2012-04-16). "RIP Anagram (2003-2012)". A.V. Club Toronto. Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
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