This March, 8-Bit artists from both sides of the Atlantic are joining forces to travel the US bringing diverse styles of low-res, high-energy party jams. Chip music has been around for many years, but now this new generation of young artists wants to welcome in an even larger audience.

The artists are Sabrepulse (UK), Anamanaguchi (USA), Henry Homesweet (UK), and Starscream (USA), with visuals by collaborative team outpt+Paris.

The 8-bit Alliance tour starts March 5th in New York City at Market Hotel and ends in Austin, TX just in time for South By Southwest, where it will culminate at the furious party that will be Datapop 2010. Click here for the tour dates!

Sabrepulse (UK) is the undisputed godfather of the current 8-bit scene in the UK. Every year he organizes and performs at the Chiptune Alliance Tour where his breakbeats and sugar-coated melodies force kids into a frenzy at every stop. This is his first tour in the United States.

Photo by Marjorie Becker

Anamanaguchi (NYC) is a 4-piece, hyper-melodic, hyper-positive 8-bit punk band. Founded by high school friends in the suburbs of New York, Anamanaguchi conjures up adventures with cascading squarewaves and arena guitars.

Photo by Marjorie Becker and Paris Treantefeles

Henry Homesweet (UK) takes Nintendo gameboys and drops them straight into a modern context, performing crunchy lo-fi techno and electro straight from the consoles, synced and mixed into one constant assult of mind candy. The listener is invited on a journey through time and space, to a musical void where style's and genre's are not seperate entities confined by the performer, they are one. His live sets are assembled on the spot, directionless, unpredictable and effing bonkers.

Photo by Richy

Starscream (NYC) - is a two-piece, just-graduated-high-school.. hurricane of Game Boy and drums. They make anthems for space, with drums like crushing black holes. They've just self-released their latest work, The Space Years and are currently exploring the Commodore 64.

Photo by Marjorie Becker

outpt (US) has performed at the 2008 Blip Festival (NYC), 2009 Penny Arcade Expo (Seattle), and 2009 Live Performers Meeting (Rome), as well as shows throughout the East and West Coasts such as Eyewash (NYC), Pulsewave (NYC), and 8static (Philadelphia).

Paris (US), previously known as Voltage Controlled, writes custom software to transform hand held game systems such as the Game Boy Advance and the GP2X into visual performance instruments. His visuals are abstract and influenced by his background and continued interest in mathematics and theoretical physics. He has been creating live visuals for the chip music scene since 2005. During that time he has performed at Blip Festival 06, 07, 08, Blip Europe, at many Pulsewave NYC events, 8Static events in Philadelphia, SxSW, PAX, chip shows across the country and his visuals are featured in the documentary, Reformat the Planet. In addition, he was awarded a residency at the Experimental Television Center and has given talks in the US and Europe (Pixsel Festival) on Open Source Software development for the arts.

Photo by Marjorie Becker
Market Hotel - March 5th
$8, all ages
8:00pm doors, 9:00pm show
1142 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11221

Danger Danger Gallery - March 6th
$5-10 sliding scale donation, all ages
9:00pm doors
5013 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19176

Sonar - March 7th
$10, all ages
7:00pm doors
407 East Saratoga Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Black Cat - March 8th
$10, all ages
8:30 doors
1811 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

123 Pleasant St - March 9th
$10, 18+
9:00 pm doors
123 Pleasant Street
Morgantown, WV 26505

Plaza Bowl - March 10th
$7, 18+
10:00pm doors
521 E. Southside Plaza
Richmond, VA

The Milestone - March 11th
$8 over 21, $10 under 21, 18+
8:00pm doors, 9:00pm show
3400 Tuckaseegee Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28208

529 - March 12th
$7, 21+
9:00pm doors
529 Float Shoals Plaza
Atlanta Ga 30316

Nightlight - March 13th
405 1/2 west rosemary st
Chapel Hill, NC

The End - March 14th
$5, 18+
8:00pm doors
2219 Elliston Place
Nashville, TN 37203

Hailey's Club - March 16th
$8 over 21+, $10 under 21
9:00 pm doors
122 West Mulberry Street
Denton, TX 76201-6010

Datapop 3 @ The Highball - March 17th
1142 S. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

8BA logo and flyer by Thretris