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An adrenalized rock band + an exploited Nintendo just might equate to the greatest Thursday night of your life. New York City's very own Anamanaguchi bring the party with their hyperactive blips and bleeps, molding familiar video game sounds into tight, electric power-pop. Endless bursts of melody at the hands of 8-bit manipulation- this just might be the shape of punk to come. - theDeliMagazine.com


Anamanaguchi plays a frankly astonishing hybrid of hyper-nintendo
beats n' blips and tasty indie-rock with the power and energy of
a speed-metal band. They hail from the state of New York and if we
lived in a fair and decent world they'd be bigger than U2, trust me. - Drat


Anamanaguchi’s ‘Power Supply’ is an unbelievably melodic
seven-tracker from some NY-based chip/indie/rock instrumentalists -
one of the few instrumental records that you can shout along to! - Rockfeedback.com


[Anamanaguchi's] set was the perfect closer to an amazing event: pure, unbridled indie rock fused with unstoppable NES beats. They totally rocked the crowd and also had a massive contingency of cute girls going nuts for them as well. - Game Set Watch


Finally, nothing can touch the fast and furious guitar shredding by Anamanaguchi. I didn’t know what to expect when I saw two guitars, a bass, and drums headlining a chiptune festival. What I got was an amazing blending of live instruments and gameboy backbeats and melodies, back and forth, a smooth real world/video game exchange. They sound like they’re CAPCOM ’S in-house band, rawking some of the most intense shooter/boss music you might’ve ever heard. - Destructoid


Discography

Power Supply EP - 8bitpeoples
8BP050 Compilation - 8bitpeoples

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Anamanaguchi is a four-piece group from New York City that combines arena guitars with the thick, electronic tones of the Nintendo Entertainment System. The project started in late 2003 when 18 year-old frontman Peter Berkman (guitar, programming, producer) began experimenting with the game system. The band has had recent additions in 2006 including Spencer Casey (guitar), Charlie Hankin (drums), and James DeVito of Stab The Matador (bass). Since then, Anamanaguchi has been taking the underground by storm; gathering a diverse and energized crowd at each show with their unique, electrifying sound. Being a major player in the burgeoning 8-bit music scene, their fanbase is quickly and steadily rising. This 8-bit scene, with large bases in Japan, the UK, Sweden, and more recently America, is essentially a kind of "folk" for the upcoming generations raised on technology and the mass communication of the internet.

The band has played at such recognized venues as the Knitting Factory, the Cake Shop and performed at 2006’s highly successful Blip Festival which featured 32 different 8-bit artists from Japan, Europe and the USA in lower Manhattan.

In August of 2006, the band’s debut Power Supply EP was released via 8bitpeoples (a net-label including the artists behind Beck's Gameboy Variations EP) - through word-of-mouth it slowly became one of the top releases on the label. With the buzz still circulating, 2007 has already been a lucrative year for the band. Some of the year’s events include tours in LA and the UK, a feature interview on MTV.com, remixing for TVT artist the Cinematics, and the beginning of production on their full-length debut.

Anamanaguchi's sound can best be described with the arena rock aesthetic of Weezer, the lo-fi electronic stylings of Ratatat and the hyperactive fullsound-spectrum feel of Lightning Bolt. Presenting a wall of sound, their recordings impress with a successful marriage of electronics & instruments. Live, usually accompanied with hacked visuals from New York video artists, they create an environment where dueling guitars cascade over squarewaves while Charlie Hankin pounds the drums with the technical intensity of a glitching robot.

Anamanaguchi is currently scheduling many tour dates this summer in full support of their EP. All the while, they continue to prepare their full-length record - gaining the support of fans from all over the globe.