“Anamanaguchi makes loud, fast music with a hacked NES from 1985.” That’s how the New York City chiptune punk band, Anamanaguchi, describes themselves, and last Thursday the band showed full house at The Parish just what that means.
Anamanguchi’s style of chiptune is a little different than other bands in the genre in that they play guitars, bass and drums along with their synthesized music. This difference is what helps them put on such a great live show.
With their fusion of the live instruments and the old school game console beeps and tings, the band started their own dance party on stage complete with a neon theme provided by the band’s brightly colored guitars and cords. Before the first song was even over, the dance party had spread, and the entire audience was bouncing along to the infectiously fun jams.
Peelander-Z took the stage next and put on one of the most fun shows I have ever seen. The New York City based band call themselves a Japanese action comic punk, and at their live shows, the band wears coordinating costumes that go along with their names – Peelander Yellow, Peelander Red, Peelander Green, Peelander Pink and Peelander black.
Even though the band’s music is a big part of their shows, what makes Peelander-Z’s live performances so enjoyable and different is their amount of crowd interaction and stage acts. And this night was no different.
At one point between songs, Peelander Yellow grabbed a rope, jumped into the crowd and then made the crowd do the limbo under the rope. At another point, the band held a game of human bowling, which included Peelander Red put on giant squid guitar costume and running to the back of the audience while the other members set up 10 bowling pins on the stage. Then Red came running through the crowd and jumped head first into the bowling pins. The band’s other crowd interactions included handing out metal pans and drumsticks for fans to beat together, putting on tiger masks for the song “Mad Tiger” and pulling two audience members, one of which happened to be me, on the stage to teach them a dance.
The show ended with an on-stage drum circle where the band pulled Peelander Green’s drum set to the front of the stage and added a few more drums from backstage. Then the band invited Anamanaguchi and a few other people back on stage for a drum off. Right before leaving the stage, Peelander-Z announced they would be back in Austin in a few weeks to record their new album and to keep an eye out for them around town.
(Peelander-Z performed at The Parish in Austin, Texas on April 28, 2011)