All female Japanese legends ‘Shonen knife’ return in May 2014 with their 20th album.”Overdrive”, released April 14 on Damnably.
Formed in Osaka 33 years ago the trio rose from humble DIY beginnings to joining Nirvana on their ‘Nevermind’ tour and trailblazing a path for women in music and inspiring legions of bands.
Favourites of Kurt Cobain, John Peel, Thurston Moore, Marc Riley, Gideon Coe, Radcliffe & Maconie, Jonathon Ross & Dan Hegarty the band are arguably the most influential and beloved Japanese rock export.
Live, they are a tight rock machine punching out fast, highly exciting sets of Punk, Pop, Rock & Metal hits coated with a unique life affirming quirky magic that as they fast approach their 1000th gig, shows no signs of fading. As Naoko says ‘Let’s Rock!’
“When I finally got to see them live, I was transformed into a hysterical nine-year-old girl at a Beatles concert.”Kurt Cobain
Uncut: “rocks like Motorhead designed by Hanna-Barbara”
BBC Music: “The Osaka Ramones, you must concede, still have it.”
The Independent: 8/10 “There are two types of people: those who enjoy thrashy Japanese girl-punk, and those who have something wrong with them.”
Music OMH: 8/10 “For an incredible 31 years Shonen Knife have been pumping out prototype riot grrrl, thrashing together early punk sounds with pop melodies.”
The Sunday Times: “irrepressible slice of bounce-along indie-pop. Beguiling.” Stewart Lee
BBC 6Music (Steve Lamacq):”Shonen Knife – they know how to rock – Japanese punk pop at its best.”
New single “Bad Luck Song”:
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s DJ w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm (Free Entry)