Damnably is very excited to present Shonen Knife-back after a break of 16 years!!!
June 29th@Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes-Shonen Knife EXTRA London Show!
With Smallgang (London)/Sputniko!(London/Tokyo) & Damnably DJ’s and Special guests.
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 (with Michie Nakatani) 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 after a break of 16 years
“When I finally got to see them live, I was transformed into a hysterical nine-year-old girl at a Beatles concert.” Kurt Cobain
Plus support from
North London stylish art rockers just finished theirdebut album ‘labours’ and are exactly like 'The Magic Numbers' (but good and less beast like) being as the band is made up of rock siblings and a secretly married couple.They mine a silky baritone voiced Smog meets Dinosaur JR via the Go betweensand/Scott Walker kind of sound and set to break into your hearts this year and steal important bits.
And Sputniko! (London/Tokyo) www.myspace.com/sputnikomusic
Sputniko! is a London-based Japanese cyber artist. She is a forth generation mathematician, has her own MTV indents and just released her debut DVD album Parakonpe 3000 on 360records in Japan! It is full of the crazy Flash animation videos she created herself. Sputniko! is inspired by Laurie Anderson, manga and modern technology and creates quirky post modern songs exploring this bizarre world that we live in. She hosts her own children’s TV show and has an uncanny ability to win over crowds of both adults and children-when she is not wearing her ROBO-PENIS that is
"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 08
Plus Damnably DJ’s and Special Guest
Barguette Bardot (AKA 'Toast Girl'-as seen on Japanorama) Barguette Bardot is the arms made from bread, chain smoking European alter ego of Toast Girl-The J'Pop Star. 'Barguette Bardot' is a colourful character from one of Japans strangest post-modern performance artists-playing what might be her debut UK show! As Sputniko! said "Wow, 29th is going to be mental...!!"
Bloomsbury bowling lanes, Basement of Tavistock Hotel London, WC1H 9EU 5mins Walk from Russell Square, Holburn & Euston tube stations Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes http:// www.bloomsburybowling.com/
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http://www.damnably.com/ housers John Peel shows in Podcast form and the bi weekly Damnably Radio show-which brings you the best of new and old groundbreaking music with sessions from visiting bands.