Shonen Knife have announced a new album and tour for 2012. The new recording, “Pop Tune” – will be released on June 6 in Japan on P-Vine Records, North America Good Charamel Records and the U.K./Europe on Damnably Records.

Featuring ten original songs, including ”ËœOsaka Rock City’, which has been selected as the theme song for the movie adaptation of Robin Shio’s “Soul Train Flower” directed by Hiroshi Nishio and out in cinemas in Japan later this year! Ritsuko takes lead vocals on “Sunshine”, and Emi takes lead vocals on “Psychadelic Life”, this could well be their first full band masterpiece yet!

At this stage only the US dates have been confirmed – full European tour dates are expected to be released very shortly.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


  1. I wondered why the promoter at THE BROOK in SOUTHAMPTON was asking me about Shonen Knife the other week! Bring it On!!!!

  2. Saw them in New York a few years back, and also in Liverpool. They are a great band, hope the tour comes to the UK


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