About Shonen Knife
Shonen Knife was born in Osaka.
Shonen Knife is the legendary all-female Japanese pop-punk band formed in Osaka, Japan in 1981. Heavily influenced by 1960s girl groups, pop bands, and early punk rock acts, such as The Beach Boys and The Ramones, the trio plays stripped-down songs with infectious melodies and simplistic, exuberant lyrics sung both in Japanese and English. Despite their pop-oriented nature, the trio maintains a distinctly underground garage rock sound rooted in edgy instrumentation and D.I.Y. aesthetics. The bands twenty-seven-year career has seen them tour the world with Nirvana (on the Nevermind tour), Sonic Youth, The Breeders and as part of Lollapolooza. They recorded sessions for John Peel, appeared on MTV’s Beavis and Butthead, 120 minutes, the Conan O’Brian show and recorded “Buttercup (I’m a Supergirl)” for that for the hugely popular cartoon ‘The Powerpuff Girls’.
Shonen Knife’s return to being a trio.
Since the original member and bassist Atsuko moved to Los Angeles and left the band, Naoko and Etsuko played with support bassists. On the new album Super Group, support bassist Ritsuko has joined the band as an official member. Now Shonen Knife has become a 3 piece band again and a super group was born.
Very active Shonen Knife!
In 2007, they released an album fun! fun! fun! in Japan. Since then, they’ve spent very busy days playing lots of shows, they enjoyed a North American tour, recorded a cover song for an AC/DC tribute album and played at many international rock festivals. In 2009 Shonen Knife signed a deal with Good Charamel Records (www.goodcharamel.com) to release Super Group to the fans in North America! Tours of Europe, Australia and North America will follow the release of the new Super Group CD!
LET THERE BE SHONEN KNIFE!
The concept of Super Group is to “go back to the starting point of ROCK”. All the lyrics on Super Group are written in English. The first song “Super Group” is very punk pop like the Buzzcocks. “Muddy Bubbles Hell” and “Pyramid Power” taste like Heavy Metal. “BBQ Party” starts with a Jonathan Richman like intro and transforms into punk rock. The harmony at the last part of “Na Na Na” is very cute. The last song is a cover of Paul McCartney and the Wings song “Jet”, the Shonen Knife version is very fun and very ROCK. The North American CD release of Super Group features exclusive cover artwork and the bonus track, “Evil Birds”. This album makes everybody happy!!!
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