Awesome New Republic

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Awesome New Republic
Also known as "ANR"
Origin Miami, Florida
Genres Dance-pop, indie rock
Years active 2003 – present
Labels Honor Roll Music (2007 - Present)
Sutro (2005 - 2006)
Members Michael John Hancock
Brian Robertson

Awesome New Republic is a two-piece indie band from Miami, Florida consisting of Michael John Hancock and Brian Robertson. Their debut album, ANR So Far, was released with critical acclaim from online magazines such as Stereogum,[1] and received play on the BBC and KCRW.

ANR So Far was featured on Pitchfork Media and received 7.9/10.[2]


Awesome New Republic was founded by Michael John Hancock and Brian Robertson at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in 2004.[3] The duo had previously performed together in a 5-piece band called Empirical Mile with other University of Miami music school students. In 2005, "MJ" and "B-Rob" combined two previously hand made studio albums Courageous and Witness Now the Birth of An Awesome New Republic to create their debut release "ANR So Far".

ANR has shared bills with a variety of acts, including The New Deal,[4] Girl Talk,[5] Animal Collective,[6] Mike Gordon and the Benevento Russo Duo.[7] Awesome New Republic played the 2008 Langerado Festival[8] and was scheduled to play the 2009 festival[9] before its subsequent cancellation. They have twice played both the Pop Montreal and CMJ music festivals.

In 2008, they were featured as a center piece in a New York Times article about the budding Miami music scene[10] which hailed them as "one of the newest exponents of this growing tropical bohemia."

Awesome New Republic uses Twitter actively. In August 2011 the group collaborated with acclaimed performance artist Jillian Mayer for their "It's Around You" music video[11]

BitTorrent Advertising Campaign[edit]

The release of "Rational Geographic Volume 1" coincided with a sponsorship campaign of isoHunt by Honor Roll Music. This is first time a record label has actively advertised a band directly to BitTorrent users.[12]


Studio albums
  • Courageous (2004), Self-Released
  • Witness Now the Birth of An Awesome New Republic (2004), Self-Released
  • ANR So Far (2005), Sutro[13]
  • All Party Talks Vinyl (2005), Sutro[14]
  • Rational Geographic, Vol. I (April 14, 2009), Honor Roll Music
  • Rational Geographic, Vol. II (July, 2009), Honor Roll Music
  • Hearts (October 27, 2009), Honor Roll Music
  • Stay Kids (2011), Ten Thousand Islands


  1. ^ "Reunite, Offer Up A "Rotary Clown"". Archived from the original on 2009-07-16. 
  2. ^ Dahlen, Chris (2006-01-10). "Awesome New Republic: ANR So Far". 
  3. ^ "Awesome New Republic Assets Page". Archived from the original on 2009-03-28. 
  4. ^ Truba, Pietro C. (2008-06-05). "The New Deal/Awesome New Republic". [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Mashups and Heavy Bass Propel Spring Concert at the Rat". 
  6. ^ Quintero, Henry. "Almost Famous: Meet 12 of Miami's Future Stars". Archived from the original on 2008-07-20. 
  7. ^ Zwickel, Jonathan (2005-12-29). "Dynamic Duo". 
  8. ^ "Langerado Base Powered by JamBase". 
  9. ^ "Hidden Track: Langerado Lineup Announced". 
  10. ^ McDonnell, Evelyn (2008-11-28). "In South Florida, Tropical Bohemia in the Makings". 
  11. ^ "ANR (Awesome New Republic) "It's Around You"". 2011-08-28. [permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Record Label Sponsors BitTorrent Site isoHunt Page". 
  13. ^ "CD Baby: ANR So Far". 
  14. ^ "CD Baby: All Party Talks". 

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