The Brixton Windmill & Damnably are happy to present legendary Japanese Punkpop pioneers SHONEN KNIFE! on June 17th and 24th
Shonen Knife at The Brixton Windmill TWICE
17, 06, 2009 and 24, 06, 2009
Entrance cost Both gigs are £7.50 Advance via or £10 on the Door
22 Blenheim Gardens Brixton, SW2 5BZ Tel: 020 8671 0700
SHONEN KNIFE (Osaka)
Legendary and influential, this all-female pop-punk trio started life apparently way back in 1981 but it was not until the likes of Somic Youth and Nirvana started championing heavily in the early 90s that they achieved recognition in the west.
Writing happy songs about creature comforts such as cookies, sushi, jelly beans, hot chocolate and banana chips, they mix up 60s girlgroup sounds with a love of The Ramones.
It's been well over a decade since they hit Europe though throughout that time they have kept recording with their cult status fully intact.
They've a brand new album out called 'Super Group' and it sounds just as god as they always did - if you possess a classic pop sound there's no need to mess around with it!
When I finally got to see them live, I was transformed into a hysterical nine-year-old girl at a Beatles concert." Kurt Cobain
SCREAMING TEA PARTY (London)
..are an anglo-Japanese three piece that’ll slice you open with their barbed riffs then stitch you back together and massage you with dreamy pop. One of the brightest lights on the live circuit, lauded by NME, Dazed and just about every other publication, STP are part of excellent Stolen Recordings stable.
‘they switch continually between scribbling punkabilly and utterly stripped- down lo-fi, with magical results.’ - Rough Trade
...is a London-based cyber artist and a fourth generation mathematician. Thankfully she also makes the craziest pop music around.
'Hiromi Ozaki is a computer programmer who becomes Sputniko! making music with an armpit Wiimote called Wakki. Also a visual artist, her performances are masterpieces of spontaneity, fun and most importantly, technology. We guarantee you'll be singing 'The Google Song' for months. - Offset Festival programme 08
Then on 24/06/09
Shonen Knife (again!)
"When I finally got to see them live, I was transformed into a hysterical nine-year-old girl at a Beatles concert." Kurt Cobain
No Cars (London/Japan)
Food obsessed London based Japanese female lofi scuzzy 50's garage-pop trio. The band share a zany sense of humour making their live shows wholesome and incredible fun. Haruna plays guitar, Sachi plays bass and new member Kyoko plays the drums and they all sing. The band have won many (mostly male) fans with their simple, catchy songs and fetching hats and are destined for ultra fame and more expensive hats.
"No Cars are a bubblegum band, and the audience is chewing. We’re happy to encourage the new Queens of Cute." Artrocker
The Debutante Hour (USA)
The Debutante Hour are a female accordion/percussion duo (Maria and Susan) that for this summer are joined by their lovely cellist, Mia Pixley.
The Debutante Hour released their self-titled EP in January 2008, performed live on WFMU radio with Julian Kytastky and the Experimental Bandura Trio and toured South Korea, Japan and Germany and shared a stages with Debbie Harry/ Nellie McKay and recorded back-up vocal tracks on The Hold Steady's newest album, "Stay Positive."
* It's blues-ish; it's country. It's old country meets new country. It's knee slapping and hand clapping. "With the help of two accordions. -- elegantly gowned and coiffed, Brooklyn super nova of Maria Sonevytsky and Susan Hwang singing sweetly (sometimes in Ukrainian) about lost love, weird love, guitar heroes and the devil." -- Not Only Brooklyn