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Shonen Knife w/ Johnny Foreigner on Monday 8th October 2012
Cultish, long-lived, Nirvana- and Sonic Youth-championed Japanese all-girl punk-pop trio Shonen Knife return to Europe with new album Pop Tune (released June 2012 on Damnably Records). Expect loud and buoyant guitars, rapid fire pop-punk drums and sweet harmonies. A rock show not to be missed!
Osaka, Japans Shonen Knife formed in 1981, when Naoko first heard The Ramones. Inspired, the band crafted their own idiosyncratic songs, fashioned brightly coloured outfits and DIY albums. In 1985, K Records released Burning Farm in the US. Deals with Sub Pop and various Majors followed. 1989 saw the crème of the alt. rock scene (including Sonic Youth, L7 and Redd Kross) covering their favourite Shonen Knife songs on the tribute album Every Band Has A Shonen Knife Who Loves Them. They toured with Nirvana, The Breeders, and as part of Lollapalooza. They recorded sessions for John Peel and appeared on MTVs Beavis and Butthead. In 2010 the band played Matt Groenings curated ATP, and toured the UK, Europe, North America, China & Taiwan. 2011 marked the bands 30th year since its inception and saw the release of their 16th original album Free Time, as well as a Ramones tribute album Osaka Ramones, which the band are known to sometimes perform as. This year, they release their 18th studio album Pop Tune, and kick off a European tour with a second live session with Marc Riley on BBC 6music in October. Having explored a 70's heavy metal rock sound in their previous two LPs Super Group and Free Time, Pop Tune is a return to the bands signature combinations of pin sharp punk-pop, 60s girl group inspired harmonies, upbeat melodies and all-round, cheer inducing irreverence. After all these years, Shonen Knife have maintained their rightful place as one of the most outstanding, fun and rocking live bands to see in the ever changing indie rock scene.
When I finally got to see them live, I was transformed into a hysterical nine-year-old girl at a Beatles concert. Kurt Cobain
The Osaka Ramones, you must concede, still have it." BBC Music
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Birminghams own Indie-Rock/Distorto-Pop trio JOHNNY FOREIGNER closed 2011 with tours of France and Japan, and kicked off 2012 with European and North American shows and the release of their third album, Johnny Foreigner versus Everything. When Johnny Foreigner travelled to Shonen Knifes hometown of Osaka for a show, Shonen Knife were in attendance, and the two bands are fans of each other. Now Shonen Knife are set play a show in Johnny Foreigners hometown of Birmingham, the band join as special guests at the Glee Club on Oct 8th.
Music Genres: Alternative, Punk, Rock
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