Shonen Knife announce new album ‘Overdrive’, and European tour 2014!

Shonen Knife announce new album ‘Overdrive’, and European tour 2014!

All female Japanese cult trio Shonen Knife hit the road again to tour the UK & Ireland this May, to coincide with a forthcoming new album to be released on Damnably Records.

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.

Following an extensive tour of Europe in 2013, the band are returning for 15 dates across the UK and Ireland this May before heading to Europe, to promote the release of their 20th album ‘Overdrive‘, out 14th April on Damnably Records.

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!”

Apr 30 : Manchester – Ruby Lounge
May 1 : Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
May 3 : Leicester – Handmade Festival
May 6 : Dublin – Whelans
May 7 : Limerick – Dolans
May 8 : Cork – Crane Lane Theatre
May 9 : Belfast – Cathedral Quarter Festival
May 10 : Glasgow – CCA
May 11 : Edinburgh – Electric Circus
May 12 : Newcastle – Cluny
May 14 : Bristol – The Fleece
May 15 : Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach
May 16 : Brighton – Sticky Mikes Frog Bar
May 17 : Milton Keynes – The Craufurd Arms
May 18 : London – Dingwalls

European dates to be announced soon!

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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.

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