Anagram (band)

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Anagram
Origin Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Genres Post punk
Years active 2002 (2002)–2012
Labels Dead Astronaut
Associated acts Surinam
Website deadastronaut.com/anagram
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]

History[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Marchese (February 2008). "Bands: Anagram". SPIN. SPIN Media LLC. Vol. 24, No. 2: 103–. ISSN 0886-3032. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.chartattack.com/features/2014/01/22/uncharted-surinam-band-toronto-oshawa-anagram/ "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. 
  10. ^ http://www.wavelengthtoronto.com/wavelog/2013/11/surinam-wavelength-interview[permanent dead link]

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