Shonen Knife are back in Ireland this weekend for shows in Dublin, Cork, Galway & Belfast. We’ve a pair of tickets to give away for their gig in Whelan’s on Saturday.
Shonen Knife are a ground-breaking all-female Japanese, pop-punk trio formed in Osaka in 1981, when Naoko first heard late ‘70’s punk-pop particularly 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 (on the ‘Nevermind’ tour), 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 released the album ‘Super Group’, played Matt Groening’s curated ATP, extensively toured the UK, Europe, North America, China and Taiwan! In 2011 the band celebrated their 30th year anniversary by releasing the albums ‘Free Time’ and ‘Osaka Ramones’, toured Europe and the US, played to thousands at the Summer Sundae festival, a live session for Marc Riley on BBC 6 music, an interview with Radcliffe and Maconie, and rounded out the year with a limited edition Christmas Single ‘Sweet Christmas’. In June 2012 Shonen Knife release their 18th Studio Album ‘Pop Tune’ and tour North America this August, and Europe in October. Showing no signs of slowing down, these girls are only looking forward to the next 30 years. As Naoko says, ‘Let’s Rock!’
Whelan’s, Wexford Street
8pm, Saturday 13th October
Tickets are €15 including booking fee from WAV Tickets / 1890 200078.
You can also see Shonen Knife at the Roisin Dubh, Galway on Thursday, at the Crane Lane Theatre in Cork on Friday & at the Black Box in Belfast on Sunday.