NXNE Preview: Anamanaguchi

Anamanaguchi By: Sheena Lyonnais
June 11, 2010

I’ve seen bands cover songs from Super Mario Brothers, but never before have I seen a band whose entire catalogue of music is inspired by Nintendo and video games.  New York’s Anamanaguchi boasts intense techno-punk Yoshi beats.  They just completed the soundtrack for the Scott Pilgrim video game and are now bringing their fury of power ups and mushrooms to NXNE. Nerds, rejoice. Guitarist/NES-master Peter Berkman tells us more.

1. How are you doing and where are you right now?

I am doing GREAT. I’m in my apartment in New York City right now finally taking my first breather in months. We’ve been working nonstop on the soundtrack for a video game of the Scott Pilgrim comics, and we just finished!

2. There are a lot of bands playing NXNE, why should we watch yours?

Because we’ve never been to Toronto and we’re a lot of fun! And also because there probably aren’t a lot of bands at NXNE that are going to cover an epic Toronto pizzeria jingle with a Nintendo.  http://peterberkman.tumblr.com/post/557575208/warning-this-jingle-will-change-your-life-the

3. What are you doing to prepare for NXNE?

Channeling all psychic energy to party hard. Also playing video games and saying "word" ironically.

4. What are you hoping to get out of the festival?

‘Chill times.’

5. Which act(s) are you hoping to catch during the festival and why?

DD/MM/YYYY because they’re awesome.  We’ve seen them in NYC a bunch. Them and Huoratron, an electronic dude from Finland who’s done some extremely heavy Game Boy stuff that must be worshiped.

6. Tell me a tour story that is crazy but true.

I lost my voice so hard near the end of the tour that at the last show I did stage banter with a text-to-speech program.

7. What is Anamanaguchi working on at the moment?

Post-Scott Pilgrim video game soundtrack, we’re going to be releasing a bunch of singles online at a semi-weekly rate or something like that. ‘Keeping it Internet.’

8. Which shows/events/BBQs are you playing?

Our friend Daniel from Spiral Beach helped us out a lot in setting stuff up.  He’s the most awesome dude. We’re doing an official show at the Whipper Snapper Gallery and an awesome party with Snakes + Ladders, Daniel’s label. After that, we’re going to be playing a few shows in the area before heading home.

9. Where can we find out more about you?

Internetttttttt. We’ve got anamanaguchi.com now so that’s usually good.

10. Any last parting words for us music-hungry Toronto folk?

Oh shit, I thought that said "partying words." I guess my parting words would have to be "I hope that we are NOT in fact parting, and that we can party together at NXNE."

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