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.

Japanther Discography Tracks


MPK 7028 Japanther Dump The Body In Rikki Lake(CD, Album) Menlo Park Recordings MPK 7028 US 2003 Sell This Version
MPK 7024 Japanther Leather Wings(LP) Menlo Park Recordings MPK 7024 US 2003 Sell This Version
mpk 7036 Japanther Master Of Pigeons(CD, Album) Menlo Park Recordings mpk 7036 US 2004 Sell This Version
WABB-001 Japanther / Viking Club Japanther / Viking Club - Japanther / Viking Club(CD) We Are Busy Bodies WABB-001 Canada 2005 Sell This Version
PIX-033 Japanther Wolfenswan(CD, MiniAlbum) Plan-it-X PIX-033 US 2005 Sell This Version
Japanther Don't Trust Anyone Over 30 (Album) Tapes Records US 2006 Sell This Version
Japanther Skuffed Up My Huffy (Album) EXO Records Australia 2007 Sell This Version
Japanther Tut Tut, Now Shake Ya Butt (Album) Wäntage USA US 2008 Sell This Version
Japanther Rock'N'Roll Ice Cream (Album) Menlo Park Recordings US 2010 Sell This Version
Japanther Beets, Lime & Rice (Album) Recess Records (2) US 2011 Sell This Version
Japanther Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart (Album) Lauren Records (2), Tapes Records US 2013 Sell This Version
BUFUrec-043 Japanther Instant Money Magic(LP, Red) Bufu Records BUFUrec-043 US 2014 Sell This Version
none Japanther & Grizzly Grimace Japanther & Grizzly Grimace - Boom For Real(8xFile, AAC, Album) Tut Tut Now Shake Ya Butt (Tapes) none 2016

Singles & EPs

026 Japanther The Last Living Land Pirates Live(CDr, EP) Polyamory 026 US 2002 Sell This Version
TPS006 Japanther South Of Northport(CD, EP) Tapes Records TPS006 US 2002 Sell This Version
VICE 701 Japanther vs. Panthers Japanther vs. Panthers - Seven Inch Lovers(7") Vice Records VICE 701 US 2003 Sell This Version
Japanther / The Sneeze Japanther / The Sneeze - Japanther / The Sneeze Dangerously Small Records US 2004 Sell This Version
Menlo Park 7031, TPS014 Japanther The Operating Manual For Life Here On Earth(12", Etch, S/Sided, Ltd) Menlo Park Recordings, Tapes Records Menlo Park 7031, TPS014 US 2004 Sell This Version
dLTD009 Japanther 1-10(7") Deleted Art dLTD009 Sweden 2004 Sell This Version
MPK-7038 Japanther Yer Living Grave(CD, EP) Menlo Park Recordings MPK-7038 US 2005 Sell This Version
AVM 009 Japanther / The Good Good Japanther / The Good Good - Tour(7") Altin Village & Mine Records AVM 009 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
none Japanther Challenge(7", Single, Ltd, Whi) Tapes Records, Menlo Park Recordings none US 2007 Sell This Version
DCOR-102 Juiceboxxx / Japanther Juiceboxxx / Japanther - Juiceboxxx / Japanther(7", Single, Spl) Decorated Records DCOR-102 US 2007 Sell This Version
BR-20 The Pharmacy / Japanther The Pharmacy / Japanther - Waydwyl / Not At War(7", Ltd) Bachelor Records BR-20 Austria 2008 Sell This Version
WAN055 Japanther, Ninjasonik Japanther, Ninjasonik - JapantherNinjasonik(7", S/Sided, Ltd, Num, Blu) Wäntage USA WAN055 US 2010 Sell This Version