Anamanaguchi is a New York based chiptune punk band comprising Peter Berkman, James DeVito, Ary Warnaar and Luke Silas. Self described as playing "loud, fast music with a hacked NES from 1985", Anamanaguchi has seen mostly underground popularity, but has been getting more attention as of late, thanks in part to YouTube and their recent involvement with the Scott Pilgrim video game.Discography
- Power Supply EP (2006, free)
- Dawn Metropolis (2009)
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game - Original Videogame Soundtrack (2010)
- Summer 2010 singles (free, here)
- "My Skateboard Will Go On"
- "Aurora (Meet Me in the Stars)"
- "Airbrushed (RAC Remix)"
- Endless Fantasy (2013)
Tropes used by Anamanaguchi include:
- Bilingual Bonus: The Japanese text in the "Meow" video, about half the time. The other half it's just English letters swapped out for katakana.
- Chiptune: Mixed with punk/indie rock
- The Cameo/The Stinger: "Meow" has a post credits scene where internet celebrity and 4chan creator moot has a brief cameo.
- Epileptic Flashing Lights: Their live shows are awesome, if you don't suffer from epilepsy.
- Everything Is an Instrument: They use a gameboy and NES to make music. It's Justified though since they are in the Chiptune genre and that's pretty much what Chiptune is all about.
- The Faceless: In the Pop It music video, everybody's face is covered either with a balloon or paper mask.
- I Am the Band: Peter Berkman does most of the songwriting.
- Instrumentals: Very few of their songs have singing in them, and the ones that do are done by guest vocalists.
- Neo Classical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Punk Rock mixed with Indie Rock mixed with Power Pop mixed with Chiptune.
- Nostalgia Filter: Especially for gamers, and children of The '80s and The '90s.
- Melody: They're very good at this trope, and they manage to do it with a gameboy and NES too.
- Power Pop: Their music has strong influences drawn from this.
- The Reveal: For the first few days after the release of the "Pop It" music video, the guest singer was labelled as "ft. ______彡☆", and considering that her face is covered up in the entire video, added some mystery to who she was. Later on Twitter, it was revealed to be Meesh, who also did vocals for Japan Air.
- Shout-Out: There's a brief still of Menma snuck in as a Freeze-Frame Bonus in the Endless Fantasy music video.
- Sugar Bowl: Frequent with associated designs and videos.
- Crapsaccharine World: Except for "Meow", which is somewhat nightmarish.
- Stylistic Suck: Becoming a major part of their aesthetic, one glance at the their main blog or their 2012 tour poster◊ should be enough.