Legendary Japanese Poppunk Trio 'Shonen Knife' have a new bassist and recorded and released a new album called 'Super Group' (www.damnably.com has a preview) and they are now touring the UK in June!!!!!!!
here are the dates
17 – The Windmill, Brixton, London (sold out)
18 – The Buffalo Bar, Cardiff
19 – Firebug, Leicester
20 – Hull Adelphi
21 – Zanzibar, Liverpool
22 – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
23 – Prince Albert, Brighton
24 – The Windmill, Brixton, London (almost sold out)
25 - TBA
29 - TBA
here is the second London show
Shonen Knife are a super influential all-female Japanese pop-punk band formed in Osaka, in 1981, by sisters Naoko Yamano and Atsuko Yamano. The Ramones loving food obsessed trio effortlessly create kooky songs with upbeat infectious melodies and exuberant lyrics often about sweets and animals. The bands twenty-seven-year career has seem them tour the world with Nirvana (on the Nevermind tour), Sonic Youth, the BMX Bandits, and as part of Lollapolooza. They also recorded sessions for John Peel, appeared on MTV’s Beavis and Butthead, 120 minutes, the Conan O’Brian show and even wrote "Buttercup (I'm a Supergirl)" for that for the hugely popular cartoon the Powerpuff Girls.
The band have a new Bassist (Ritsuko Taneda), a new album called ‘Super Group’ and have now decided to embark on a world tour 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
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
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 stage with Debbie Harry and Nellie McKay in a fundraiser for The Living Theatre. Susan and Maria also recorded back-up vocal tracks on The Hold Steady's newest album, "Stay Positive." Maria has been a board member and pianist for New York avante group, Anti-Social Music.
*THE DEBUTANTE HOUR 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
"Equipped with accordion and low-tech-drum-kit, these two very nice girls from NYC and Ukraine played antifolk songs with the occasional waltz, warming up the audience to clap along and cheer." -- betörend (Hamburg, Germany)
Damnably is now a bit over 2 and a half years old and we have put on over 50 bands (often more than once) and frequently got gig of the week in Time Out, The Independent, and were even voted Club of the week in The Guardian! plus airplay and plugs on XFM/Radio One and Radio 6 from John Kennedy, Laura Laverne, Huw Stephens, Rob Da bank, Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson.
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