Japanther

Members of Japanther: Ian Vanek, Matt Reilly
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.japanther.com, http://www.myspace.com/japanther

Discography of Japanther:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 The Last Living Land Pirates Live 8 Audio 2002 Polyamory
2 Tour 5 Audio 2006 Altin Village & Mine Records
3 Seven Inch Lovers 2 Audio 2003 Vice Records
4 Don't Trust Anyone Over 30 15 Audio 2006 Tapes Records
5 Juiceboxxx / Japanther 2 Audio 2007 Decorated Records
6 Waydwyl / Not At War 2 Audio 2008-09-00 Bachelor Records
7 Tut Tut, Now Shake Ya Butt 11 Audio 2008 Wäntage USA
8 Skuffed Up My Huffy 13 Audio 2008
9 Rock'N'Roll Ice Cream 10 Audio 2010 Menlo Park Recordings
10 JapantherNinjasonik 2 Audio 2010-02-08 Wäntage USA
11 Divorce / Evil Earth 2 Audio 2010 Arkam Records
12 Tut Tut Now Shake Ya Butt 11 Audio 2009 Truth Cult
13 Rock'N'Roll Ice Cream 10 Audio 2010 Menlo Park Recordings
14 Tut Tut, Now Shake Ya Butt 11 Audio 2009 Truth Cult
15 Skuffed Up My Huffy 12 Audio 2007 Menlo Park Recordings
16 Tut Tut, Now Shake Ya Butt 11 Audio 2008 Wäntage USA
17 Rock'N'Roll Ice Cream 10 Audio 2011 Seayou Records
18 Beets, Lime & Rice 14 Audio 2011 Recess Records (2)
19 Beets, Limes And Rice 14 Audio 2011 Lauren Records (2)
20 Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart 13 Audio 2013-05-21 Recess Records (2)
21 Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart 13 Audio 2013-05-21 Recess Records (2)
22 Don't Trust Anyone Over 30 14 Audio 2006 Wäntage USA
23 Beets, Lime & Rice 14 Audio 2011 Recess Records (2)
24 Skuffed Up My Huffy 15 Audio 2007 We Are Busy Bodies
25 Beets, Lime & Rice 14 Audio 2011 Recess Records (2)


2001 – present

Japanther is a punk rock band from New York City formed in 2001 by two students at Pratt Institute. The members met in Brooklyn. The band consists of Ian Vanek — who plays drums, cassettes, and sings — and Matt Reilly — who plays bass, a Casio SK-1, and also sings. They have recorded with Plan It X Records, Tapes Records, Wäntage USA and the Menlo Park label. We Are Busy Bodies releases Japanther's albums in Canada. Japanther has been featured in Vice, The New York Times, Gothamist, Dallas Observer, Razorcake, and New York magazine among others. In the first two years of the band, they toured nine times.

In April 2006, Japanther teamed up with Aquadoom, a synchronized swimming group at New York University to play the Dangerous When Wet event at the school's Palladium Pool. On July 2, 2006, Japanther played under a plastic tarp in the rain at CitySol, an annual summer music and market series in Stuyvesant Cove Park to raise awareness for environmental issues.

Japanther worked with Dan Graham, Rodney Graham, Laurent P. Berger, and Tony Oursler to create an abstract video installation for the 2006 Whitney Biennial.

Japanther frequently collaborate with Portland, Oregon, based shadow puppet collective, Night Shades. They have worked with them on live performances of Dump the Body In Rikki Lake, and Don't Trust Anyone Over 30. There are plans for further collaborative performances this year at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art.


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