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Interview: Anamanaguchi

Coiré Mc Crystall interviews American rock band Anamanaguchi..

Last time you played in Ireland was three years ago. What’ve you been up to since then?

It’s been a lot of writing, levitra a lot of tightening up our live show, for sale and a ton of touring! We got to go play the Ultra Music Festival in South Korea, a bunch of cool fests in the US, and put out our first full-length record Endless Fantasy. We ate about 14,000 slices of pizza, drank about 1,900,000 beers, and drove about 100,000 miles. Other than that, we played a bunch of GTAV…I think that’s it!

You Kickstarted your latest album ‘Endless Fantasy’; were there any advantages to going this route instead of a more ‘traditional’ release?

One of the main reasons we decided to do a kickstarter was the freedom to make this record exactly as we wanted to. Most record labels would be wary of releasing a 22-song instrumental chiptune-rock album, there would have been some concessions on our end to make it a favourable risk on their end. This way, we were able to put it out exactly as we saw fit. The other biggest advantage was the direct connection to anyone who decided to support. Anyone who bought the record was dealing directly with us, with no middleman and no interference. It was certainly the right thing for us to do at the time. 😀

What do you want people to feel when they’re listening to Endless Fantasy?

We feel like the album is, as the name suggests, an experience that should take anyone enjoying it on their own unique journey. It’s not for us to tell us what our music is ABOUT, but we know what it evokes for us. We want it to be a fun record, and everyone should enjoy it in their own way. If it makes you feel like playing a video game, rad! If it makes you want to snowboard, hell yeah! If it makes you want to make out, that rules! No matter what, we want people to feel GOOD. I think asking for anything more specific than that would be silly!

What are your favourite games?

We all have pretty different taste; Ary plays a lot of driving games, Pete finds lots of wacky indie games, James plays NHL, and I (Luke) do lots of JRPGS. When we’re all together, we play GTA or Blockey.

Who are your favourite bands?

All of us can agree on Dragonforce, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Lindsey Lowend, Blood Diamonds, and Eiffel 65. We’re pretty all over the place, the full list would be way too long!

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