Anajo

This lot are a three-piece from Augsburg and Nah Bei Mir is an excellent album. Anajo (the name comes from the film ‘Banana Joe’, the title of which was once rendered as ‘ana jo’ by a broken TV) play indie rock with a sense of humour and a carefree spirit that sets them apart from more earnest rivals such as Wir Sind Helden.

In fact, warm-hearted, big tunes with easy-going melodies is the kind of fare that has seen Anajo support fellow popsters Virginia Jetzt!, although with Anajo the sugar levels are way down. They remind me very much of The shout Out Louds with all the rough edges filed down.

Brits with a penchant for obscure, slightly childish lyrics will like rhymes like ‘Honigmelone, du bist nicht ohne’ and if you’re into the type of Caesars-style pop that glides into the ear then you’ll be right at home.

Anajo-Nah4 starsNah Bei Mir

(Close to me, 100% native)
Caesars-style catchy, inoffensive indie. Standout tracks: ‘Monika Tanzband’, ‘Vorhang Auf’ (Curtains up), ‘Ich hol dich hier raus’ (I’ll get you outta here).

Nah Bei Mir is from 2004 and they’ve a new album out in September ’06. Watch this space. Let’s hope they can follow in the footsteps of WSH and Stiller and make it to the UK sometime for some mini-gigs.

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