Does the sound of 8-bit make you happy? Do you prefer video game soundtracks to regular ones? Are you curious about how video games would sound live? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should check out Anamanaguchi at the Roxy on April 8th. Anamanguchi are a New York based chiptune punk band, who use hacked NES and Game Boy consoles to produce bleep-tacular sounds on electric guitars, bass, and drums.
You may recognize their 80’s video game sound from the WiiWare game Bit.Trip Runner and the soundtrack to the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World beat ‘em up game released by Ubisoft, which coincided with the movie’s release last August. Joining Anamanaguchi are color coordinated Japanese punk band Peelander-Z, who call themselves a “Japanese Action Comic Punk band hailing from the Z area of Planet Peelander”.
In addition to colorful suits, they wear kimonos, rubber wigs, and dress as a tiger and a giant squid/guitar for the song “Mad Tiger”. Other antics include human bowling, pretending to hit each other with chairs like pro-wrestlers, and mid-performance piggyback rides. The fully interactive Peelander-Z experience brings audience members on stage or the band members dive into the audience.