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Shonen Knife Announce Australian Tour

Written by Daniel Clarke on August 25, 2009

Cut it out, cook it up, rocket on…

The all-female Japanese garage pop punk legends Shonen Knife, championed by Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Red Kross etc return with latest album Super Group. Formed in Osaka, Japan in 1981, heavily influenced by 1960s girl groups and early punk rock ala The Ramones, Naoko and the girls craft stripped-down songs, rooted in edgy instrumentation and D.I.Y. aesthetics, expressing infectious melodies and simplistic, exuberant lyrics sung in Japanese and English, which over the course of their twenty-seven-year career has earned them a worldwide cult following. They have released 15 albums since debut 1982’s Minna Tanoshiku along with Brand New Knife (1997) and Happy Hour (1998 featuring Banana Chips). They were invited by Kurt Cobain to support Nirvana on their 1991 UK tour.

Japan’s infamous girl guiding rockers led by the ebullient Naoko whip the supergroup sensation to finally return the creamcake to Australian rockhouses for the first time since their 1997 Big Day Out tour. Recently touring the UK Naoko, Etsuko and Ritsuko rip the sponge from the rack as they trail bake Australia before a US tour in October…

Joining them on this tour hot off the back of their recent Shakeytown single tour and just prior to the release of their second album The Rip in early October will be Brisbane’s I Heart Hiroshima. They join Ouch My Face from Melbourne playing Melbourne and Sydney… and The Novocaines in Perth.


Sept 24 Thurs – Melbourne THE CORNER
with I Heart Hiroshima and Ouch My Face.

Sept 25 Fri – Sydney ANNANDALE HOTEL
with I Heart Hiroshima and Ouch My Face.

with The Living End, I Heart Hiroshima, Josh Pyke, Frenzal Rhomb, Quan, The Hard Ons, The Fauves, My Disco, Ouch My Face and more…

Sept 27 Sun – Perth AMPLIFIER
with I Heart Hiroshima and The Novocaines.

For more info, head over to their website.

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