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 based out of Toronto.

The band saw extensive personnel changes since Matt Mason founded the band with his fraternal twin Willy Mason,[1] 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. Their first full length album, After Dark, was released in early 2006. They have also released a split 12" with The Creeping Nobodies of Toronto as well as a 7" single in mid-2007. The band released their third album in 2010 Majewski on record label Dead Astronaut.

Some critics have referred to Anagram as "Toronto's best live band",[2] and Now wrote, "Their droning hypnotism has been known to arouse urges to violence and maybe a house fire or two."[3] Andrew Steenberg of Exclaim! wrote that their album is "a lesson in how music should be played."[4]

Anagram played their final show at The Silver Dollar Room on April 13, 2012.[5] In 2013, three members of Anagram's final lineup reconvened as Surinam.[6]


  1. ^ Perlich, Tim (2006-01-12). "Punk puzzle: unravelling the enigma of Anagram". Now. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  2. ^ Hamilton, Mark (2006-07-06). "Translate! The beautiful mess of Toronto's Anagram". Fast Forward Weekly. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  3. ^ "Extermination Music Night, August 19". Now. 2006-08-24. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  4. ^ Steenberg, Andrew (February 2006). "Anagram: After Dark". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  5. ^ Levack, Chandler (2012-04-16). "RIP Anagram (2003-2012)". A.V. Club Toronto. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
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