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ANR Make A Slasher Film For “Big Problem” (Stereogum Premiere)

ANR is the project formerly known as Awesome New Republic, first celebrated here via an Artist To Watch post on the solo works of the duo’s John Hancock. Before long John had taken back his first name (Michael) and his old Awesome New Republic mate (Brian Robertson) to reunite the band. Later they’d drop a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 31, 2011 - 3:50 pm

New Awesome New Republic – “Florida”

Florida duo Awesome New Republic, comprising BTW Michael-John Hancock and Brian Robertson, are following this year’s Rational Geographic Vol. I with its sequel, Rational Geographic Vol. II. “Florida” is a sort-of homage to their home state, apocalyptic in lyric but uplifting everywhere else, and more of an arena-ready rouser than we’ve heard them in the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 22, 2009 - 4:10 pm

Awesome New Republic Release A Free Album, Get Covered By A Gossip Girl

Previously loved Miami duo ANR, the primary project of BTW John Hancock, have put their new Rational Geographic Vol. 1 up for free download at Then they got covered by Blair Waldorf. You know, everyday stuff like that. More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 14, 2009 - 12:16 pm

CMJ ’08: It’s A Photo Wrap

The crapshoot buffet of 25 minute sets from overextended bands is now closed, thanks. When you’re out all day and all night, you encounter lots — some undercooked and unpalatable flller, some that’s ripe and right, lots never intended for consumption (CMJ set delays, so hott right now). We’ve posted some standouts already, but here… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 27, 2008 - 2:19 am

An MP3 Mix For Your Memorial Day

It’s totally reductive to associate Memorial Day Weekend solely with drinking and eating (and not, you know, Memorializing), but here it is, that special weekend custom made for welcoming summer, getting drunk, and eating bbq, and yay for that. Before signing off for the weekend, we got to thinking that it’s been a pretty great… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 23, 2008 - 3:02 pm

Awesome New Republic Reunite, Offer Up A “Rotary Clone”

Last year we cast a light on a young artist to watch John Hancock, whose genre-tripping, soulful solo debut Part Mongolian we found “addictive if not maddening.” The 26-year-old first came on our radar as one-half (along with beatsmith B. Rob) of the short-lived, highly promising Miami-based duo Awesome New Republic. Short lived until now,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 22, 2008 - 3:51 pm

Artist To Watch: John Hancock

Our first introduction to John Hancock came via his jammy, dystopian art-rock group Empirical Mile, born in the bowels of the University of Miami School Of Music and gone as quickly as the buzz they had built. It happens. Next, John spearheaded the poorly-named (but entirely awesome) Awesome New Republic, a collective whose album ANRMore »

By: Stereogum / February 14, 2007 - 6:19 pm