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!
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