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Anamanaguchi - Live at the Garage, London

When a band manage to sell out their 500 capacity London headlining show on the strength of a tweet alone, I feel drawn to see what musical magic can whip the youth of today into this kind of frothing frenzy. No, before you ask, it's not some Trapstep supergroup, or a Germany's hippest Deep Nu Balearic House wunderkind. We're talking those 8-bit NES retro rave sounds of Chiptune.

Just when you thought Chiptune was a genre lost somewhere in the back streets of Harajuku, Anamanaguchi are making a bee-line to the masses. Having scored the soundtrack to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World computer game, been used as theme music to The Nerdist Podcast, and appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the New York based gameboy warriors managed to achieve, then go on to destroy their Kickstarter project of $50,000 in just 11 hours! An impressive feat of crowdsourcing that ended up at a staggering $277,399.

So Chiptune is back then, yeah?

With the reception Anamanaguchi receive tonight at the Garage it would appear so. By the time they get onstage the crowds have already sweated away half their bodyweight to 7 hours of music, and there is no sign of waining. Beginning with the very silly 'Meow' it's hard not to get caught up in energy, and adoration permeating from the bouncing legions.

Anamanaguchi deal in the athemic, and as 'Planet' and 'Endless Fantasy' prove they know how to write a monster euphoric melody. Something which EVERYBODY in the venue takes great pleasure in yelling at the tops of their voices, again a very charming infectious atmosphere.

Alas it wasn't all great though. I couldn't help but feel that their instruments weigh them down, a lot. "Frontman" Peter Berkman is pretty much playing continual lead lines in the guitar, so is kind of rooted to the spot, and looking down towards his fret board. The others are not really much more engaging, which is something I'm sure a lot of the crowd don't really care too much about. I just cannot help but feel that one 'anaguchian should be free from these shackles, to bounce off the walls, and cheerlead the crowd. Then the whole venue would explode, covering the Highbury in lashings of neon, glitchy, teen spirit.

A fantastic gig, don't get me wrong, but not entirely exploiting the excitable energy buzzing around the show. I'm sure they'll have this nailed by the time the return in February, and in the mean time, if you ain't down with Anamanaguchi, get down.

Meow.

Posted 24th September by vlacek
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