Interviews

Anamanaguchi: "Chiptune Isn't Really A Genre, It's A Medium"

Remember in high school when mom pawned all your old video games 'cuz you never played them anymore? Then, as soon as you got to college and first felt homesick, you ended up buying a used SNES and had to start your cartridge collection from scratch? Thanks a lot, mom.

Brooklyn's Anamanaguchi have felt that pain, and they're coming here to share their futuristically nostalgic chiptune classics with you. Using actual old Nintendo Entertainment System hardware (plus a Game Boy), this driving electronic rock music will stretch your ego back into itself until you feel six years old again. Can I get a fuck yes?

We wanted to find out more about what makes Anamanaguchi so pleasurable, and ask them about that slice of pizza they launched into space. Luke Silas, the band's drummer, filled us in and gave a nice little shout-out to local Phoenix music, too.

Up On The Sun: What's your favorite NES game? Or, I guess first of all, do you guys play a lot of NES games or just use it in your music?

I really like Contra. My first memory of video games is me and my brother playing Contra when I was very, very young. My parents just thought it would be a cool thing for us to have and went for it.

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Troy Farah is an independent journalist and documentary field producer. He has worked with VICE, Fusion, LA Weekly, Golf Digest, BNN, Tucson Weekly, and Phoenix New Times.
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