All female Japanese legends Shonen Knife return to London 'Rock City' & Dingwalls in May 2014 with their 20th album "Overdrive", released April 14 on Damnably
Former Utopia : 8.15-8.45
Shonen Knife 9:50pm
band signing 10.50-11.15
Formed in Osaka almost 33 years ago, the trio rose from humble DIY beginnings to touring with Nirvana on their ‘Nevermind’ tour, trailblazing a path for women in music and inspiring legions of bands. Championed by Nirvana, Sonic Youth and hailed as a favourite by the crème-de-la-crème of Alternative Rock, Shonen Knife remain one of the most influential and beloved of Japanese rock exports.
Live, they are a tight with machine-precision, punching out fast, highly exciting sets of Punk, Pop, Rock & Metal hits, all coated with their own distinctively quirky and life-affirming charm. As they fast approach their 1,000th gig, Shonen Knife's joy and invention shows no sign of fading. As Naoko says, “Let's Rock!”
"When I finally got to see them live, I was transformed into a hysterical nine-year-old girl at a Beatles concert." Kurt Cobain.
Press for 'Overdrive' so far:
4/5 The Skinny
NEW Video>> 'Like A Cat' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4d1Nup38Do
Half-japanese London based trio fronted by two baritone voiced brothers that have been making a name for themselves with volcanic live shows exploding tight poppy post-punk with effortless complexity and crazed solo's. Last year the band toured the UK with Bored Spies (members of-Seam/Bitch Magnet/OWC) and this May release their 3rd album on Damnably.
“Stylish art rockers “ - Time Out
“deceptively deadpan songs often mutate into noisy but controlled thrashing. (Cockpit) is a particularly fine tune.” - Artrocker
“Great record” - The Line Of Best Fit
NEW Video>>'Dust' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qRQ8u8g2wE
East London's post punk trio who've toured throughout the UK, Italy and Europe with Shonen Knife & Julie Doiron. Released their Collapsar
EP in 2013 that saw mostly 8/10 reviews and garnered radio love from Gideon Coe & Tom Ravenscroft on BBC 6 Music.
John Kennedy XFM Radio “FANTASTIC!”
Pocket Jury “The overall highlight is the fantastic ‘Blue Fugue’, which sounds like a collision between Frigid Stars era Codeine and Zuma era Crazy Horse"
Slowthrills “…subtle melodies delivered in an understated baritone vocal coupled with edgy, occasionally heavy guitars. The way the songs creep up on you and develop is reminiscent of that great, often overlooked band Silkworm.”
More info: http://www.damnably.com/former-utopia/
Advance tickets available from WeGotTickets Gigantic Tickets SEE Tickets and TicketWeb UK fro £12.50 or £15 on the door
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