“…all the right elements of fuzzy punk pop hit: Short and sweet with blurred out vocals and infectious “oohs.”” — Stereogum
“Japanther specializes in a fast and loose brand of punk rock that inspires spastic herky jerky dancing.” — KCRW
Japanther will tour the US in support of their new release Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart out May 21st. The duo will kick things off by performing as part of the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival on April 27th, along with TV on the Radio, Here We Go Magic, and others.
Japanther is the music and art project of Matt Reilly and Ian Vanek, who joined forces in 2001 and have taken on multitude of creative endeavours since. Known for their unconventional live performances, the band has appeared alongside synchronized swimmers, atop the Williamsburg Bridge, with giant puppets and marionettes, in the back of a moving truck in Soho, and at shows with giant dinosaurs and BMX bikers flying off the walls. Having released over a dozen albums in the past decade, Japanther is back with a new LP, Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart, which will be released May 21st via Recess Records.
Album track “Stolen Flowers” is a short, melodic cut with fuzzed-out guitars and a driving beat, giving listeners a taste of the band’s signature punk rock-infused sound.
Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart opens with the upbeat “Do Not Resuscitate,” with layers of buzzing guitar, shimmering synth and regimental percussion. “The Drums Deliver” is braced by a steady drum beat and driven by a wandering vocal line that leads to a sing-along chorus. “Green Spray Paint” features a toe-tapping rhythm beneath distorted vocals, while “125th and Riverside” is a slower jam that trades in fuzzy guitars for bouncy piano accompaniment.