Brooklyn-based dance-punk duo Ian Vanek and Matt Reilly, a.k.a Japanther, have a raw energy. These boys like to sweat, and love to see the crowd do the same. Their newest album, Rock 'n Roll Ice Cream, drops on March 2nd and is sure to play soundtrack to many a Brooklyn loft dance party -- and rather than just pressing play, Japanther would more likely just set up shop in your living room.
What kind of shows do you usually play? We play all types of shows. Illegal bridge shows, basement parties, Irving Plaza, Whitney Museums, Walker Art Center, Puppet Shows, etc.
What are some of your favorite NYC spots to party? The bridges, the rooftops, the avenues. The Bronx, Brooklyn, the beach. We party where our friends pour the drink and door men walk us in. We go from grimey to gala in no time flat. New York City is still fun! [Just] meet me at the corner of Delancey and Essex outside the 24 hr pizza spot around 4:30.
Any exciting encounters while out on the town? Saw Joey Ramone once on St. Mark's. Robin Williams bought [Matt] Reilly a new bike in Tribeca after his bike was stolen.
The new album is set to be released soon. What are you going to do to celebrate? Play at the Mercury Lounge, go on a tour with The Bronx, take long bike rides with friends to the beach early in the season.