Anamanaguchi is a boy band made up of hackers and producers born & raised on the Internet, currently living in New York City. Their latest album, Endless Fantasy, released through their own collective media company, NHX – was funded by popular demand behind the backing of a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. Music videos like MEOW! & “Endless Fantasy” received critical acclaim from the likes of Spin Magazine, Alternative Press, Vice and the Verge for their inventive concepts and ethereal ability to take you away to Anamanaguchi’s imaginative scenarios.
Anamanaguchi started in Pete Berkman’s basement in the suburbs of New York where Weezer, snacks and Super Nintendo lived in equal rotation. At 15, he began experimenting with creating punk music using an 8-bit NES. Following bass player James DeVito to NYU’s Music Technology program, Pete met Ary Warnaar who grew up in LA on raves, fashion and lazer tag. Ary began writing for the band, lending a more academic electronic-influence to Berkman’s capricious pop sensibilities. Later that year Luke joined as the band’s drummer via a MySpace message and then the band had fully formed.
Anamanaguchi is serious about being happy. They’re part of a wave of young Internet romantics, nostalgic for a future they know may never come, but can see the seeds of it in the beauty that surrounds them. They’re making emotional dance music for the video game generation and aren’t afraid to claim it. Anamanaguchi was born past cynicism & indifference; they’re in love with the universe and aim to celebrate magic-made-real with their music. The band is interested in breathing life into low-tech machines and making expressive, emotional melodies using the simplest, rawest electronic tones available.
Anamanaguchi is what the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would’ve been if they were a boy band. Ary is cool but rude, Luke is a party dude, Pete leads, and James does machines (he’s responsible for all the DIY sound-and-light electronics the band uses). The “Endless Fantasy” music video features the adventure of a young Brooklyn girl’s ambitions to send a piece of pizza into space. The iridescence and dramatic shot edits during the video give a similar aesthetic to Japanese anime. The highlight of the video features a lofty but accomplished goal of sending a piece of pizza into space. Featured in an extensive Motherboard piece, using a GoPro & GPS custom-built contraption, they get several hours of real time footage of a pizza glued to a clear plastic sheet in the near but far reaches of outer space. It was also featured in Vice’s MOTHERBOARD video editorial for their astounding efforts in DIY music video making.
Pop it! featuring vocals by MEESH is the latest single to be featured that comes by special balloon delivery. Bubble gum hooks akin to J-pop bring out the matured sound Anamanguchi is trying to expand on. A carefully curated animated website goes hand in hand with the provocatively odd abstract pop art take on human touch interaction with balloons. Entertainment Weekly boasts, “…with its glitchy electronic flourishes and relentlessly bubble gummy vibe, it bears more than a passing resemblance to Japanese superstar Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s neon-drenched anime acid trip. But like Kyary, Anamanaguchi works enough hooks into the mix to make the digital chaos worthy of putting on repeat.”
In 2016, Anamanaguchi and Hatsune Miku joined forces to release their collaboration single “Miku”. To celebrate the release of the song, Anamanaguchi was asked to be the first artists to support Hatsune Miku on tour! Additionally, Anamanaguchi & Hatsune Miku amazed crowds with a never-before-seen collaboration encore performance throughout the 2016 North American Miku Expo tour. Anamanaguchi is set to release their second album [USA] in 2017.