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SHONEN KNIFE 'Pop Tune' 2012 Tour
30 years of rock from the Nirvana-championed cult Japanese punk-pop trio return with new album.
Cultish, long-lived, Nirvana- and Sonic Youth-championed Japanese all-girl punk-pop trio Shonen Knife return to Europe with new album ‘Pop Tune’ (released June 2012 on Damnably Records).
Expect loud and buoyant guitars, rapid fire pop-punk drums and sweet harmonies. A rock show not to be missed!
“When I finally got to see them live, I was transformed into a hysterical nine-year-old girl at a Beatles concert.” Kurt Cobain
"...irrepressible slice of bounce-along indie-pop. Beguiling." The Sunday Times - Stewart Lee
“The Osaka Ramones, you must concede, still have it." BBC Music
“rocks like Motorhead designed by Hanna-Barbara” Uncut
“the heroic ladies sound just as fresh and enchantingly
boisterous as they ever have”NME
"Shonen Knife - they know how to rock - Japanese punk pop at its best.” BBC 6Music (Steve Lamacq)
Osaka, Japan’s Shonen Knife formed in 1981, when Naoko first heard The Ramones. Inspired, the band crafted their own idiosyncratic songs, fashioned brightly coloured outfits and DIY albums. In 1985, K Records released ‘Burning Farm’ in the US. Deals with Sub Pop and various Majors followed. 1989 saw the crème of the alt. rock scene (including Sonic Youth, L7 and Redd Kross) covering their favourite Shonen Knife songs on the tribute album ‘Every Band Has A Shonen Knife Who Loves Them’. They toured with Nirvana, The Breeders, and as part of Lollapalooza. They recorded sessions for John Peel and appeared on MTV’s ‘Beavis and Butthead’. In 2010 the band played Matt Groening’s curated ATP, and toured the UK, Europe, North America, China & Taiwan. 2011 marked the band’s 30th year since its inception and saw the release of their 16th original album ‘Free Time’, as well as a Ramones tribute album ‘Osaka Ramones’, which the band are known to sometimes perform as. This year, they release their 18th studio album ‘Pop Tune’, and kick off a European tour with a second live session with Marc Riley on BBC 6music in October.
Having explored a 70's heavy metal rock sound in their previous two LP’s ‘Super Group’ and ‘Free Time’, Pop Tune is a return to the bands signature combinations of pin sharp punk-pop, 60’s girl group inspired harmonies, upbeat melodies and all-round, cheer inducing irreverence. After all these years, Shonen Knife have maintained their rightful place as one of the most outstanding, fun and rocking live bands to see in the ever changing indie rock scene. Do not miss this show!
Rexine have been described as “paper doll popsters, oozing with the energy of post-punk mayhem, and an underlying grungy aesthetic”
Alternately jagged and jangly, discordant and catchy, noisy and bittersweet, Rexine’s music captures all the bands they love (Pixies, Wedding Present, Smiths, Pulp) and dreams up a new sound!
Rexine release their debut single ‘There And Back Again’ on 19 November, recorded at Polestar Studios, Newcastle, by Rob Blamire of Penetration.
Following the success of their live shows, playing with the likes of The Lovely Eggs and Allo Darlin’ as well as local luminaries Pale Man Made, Silver Fox and Milky Wimpshake, the band have further exciting gigs lined up.
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