Review: Japanther – Instant Money Magic

Japanther – Instant Money Magic (SEA053)


In the past decade, the New York Underground music scene has brought lots of bands, such as Japanther, established by Ian Vanek and Matt Reilly in 2001. Their newest album ‘Instant Money Magic’, which will be the follow-up to last year’s ‘Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart’ (their 11th LP) is everything we expected of the New York group. Their music is raw and it melds punk-rock with lo-fi pop. And yet not making it complicated, reaching this way being an artistic oeuvre. They feature the sounds of guitars and percussion machines with the sounds of cheap keyboards and toys. The set of the band feels like a long song with pounding drums and snarling vocals, sometimes fuzzed all to hell and back. Japanther uses the swirling energy that you often see in duos, as such, that you would actually expect the band to perform every weekend on stage at some joint. They at least reassure that the spirit of punk rock still lives . Or let’s say rages!


Text: Stefan Galvan