Everyone’s favourite all-female Japanese pop punk band, Shonen Knife, are now in their 33rd year together and they’re still going strong with news of a new album due out in April and another full UK tour happening a few days after. Check out the video for brilliant new song Bad Luck Song below.
Another band beloved of John Peel Shonen Knife former in Osaka, Japan, back in 1981. They were heavily influenced by 1960s girl groups and early punk rock bands such as The Ramones and essentially rose to fame thanks to being invited to tour with Nirvana on their ‘Nevermind’ tour. It trailblazed a path for women in music and inspired legions of bands.
Now in their 33’rd year the band are to release their 20th album ‘Overdrive’ on 4 records on 14th April and they’ll follow it up with a 15 date tour across the UK and Ireland in May. A band who seemingly love to be forever on the road last year marked the first in four years that your writer didn’t see them so it’s fair to say that a hit of their trademark quirky, life-affirming bubblegum pop is more than overdue.
As Naoko says, “Let’s Rock!”
Check out the video for Bad Luck Song below and the tour dates under that:
Shonen Knife UK & Ireland 2014 Tour:
- April 30 Manchester – Ruby Lounge therubylounge.com
- May 1 Leeds – Brudenell Social Club brudenellsocialclub.co.uk
- May 3 Leicester ‘Handmade Festival handmadefestival.co.uk/artists/shonen-knife
- May 6 Dublin – Whelans whelanslive.com
- May 7 Limerick – Dolans dolans.ie
- May 8 Cork – Crane Lane cranelanetheatre.ie
- May 9 Belfast – ‘Cathedral Quarter Festival visit-belfast.com/whats-on/event/the-14th-cathedral-quarter-arts-festival-
- May 10 Glasgow – CCA cca-glasgow.com/programme
- May 11 Edinburgh – Electric Circus theelectriccircus.biz/live-music/events/11-may-14-shonen-knife-overdrive-tour-electric-circus
- May 12 Newcastle – Cluny thecluny.com
- May 14 Bristol – The Fleece thefleece.co.uk
- May 15 Cardiff- Clwb Ifor Bach clwb.net/eng
- May 16 Brighton- Sticky Mikes Frog Bar drinkinbrighton.co.uk/stickymikesfrogbar
- May 17 Milton Keynes- The Craufurd Arms thecraufurdarms.com
- May 18 London – Dingwalls dingwalls.com