Project: Lixx: Interview: Shonen Knife North American Tour 2014!

Project: Lixx: Interview: Shonen Knife North American Tour 2014!

No stranger to endless tour dates and trips around the world, Shonen Knife have returned stateside to once again take North America by storm! With 34 concerts, including both Toronto and Montreal Canadian dates, as well as the newly announced 10/22 date at The Knitting Factory, NYC, you'd be hard pressed not to find your way into their audience.

Inspiring, influencing and creating since their formation Dec. 29, 1981, Shonen Knife is a band that has woven it's way through rock history and clearly made a mark. In an era where many musicians come and go as though seasonal trends, they continue to evolve, yet remain true to the rock lifestyle.

Just fresh into their 2014 tour, Naoko, Tirsuko, and Emi took a moment to sit down and speak about their music, their fans and food!

Q. Thank you very much for speaking with me today. You've just set out on the North American leg of your Overdrive tour, and a rigorous tour at that. Over 30 dates, one night after the other. What are you most looking forward to having returned here this fall?

Naoko - to see our fans and have a good time.

Ritsuko - Eating delicious hamburger and sandwich. Jimmy John's is my favorite.

Emi - Seeing you guys after two years. [Read More...]
Twin Cities Daily Planet: Shonen Knife pays tribute to the Ramones in 1,000th show at the Turf Club
MUSIC REVIEW | Shonen Knife pays tribute to the Ramones in 1,000th show at the Turf Club

By Josh Wodarz,

The spirit that drives Shonen Knife was apparent in the song that played over the PA as they left the stage: The Ramones’ “Sheena is a Punk Rocker.” While Shonen Knife didn’t play any of their excellent Ramones covers for their 1,000th show, held at the newly remodeled Turf Club, all of their music displayed how that thunderous punk rock heart of The Ramones is so important to Shonen Knife. With the recent death of the last original Ramone, Thomas “Tommy Ramone” Erdelyi, being reminded how their soul and energy remain alive in bands today was comforting and up lifting.
With their recent album Overdrive, Shonen Knife added some new tricks to their repertoire with riffs that harken back to 1970s albums by AC/DC and Black Sabbath. It says a lot about the longevity of their career when the three songs off Overdrive–“Bad Luck Song,” “Ramen Rock,” and “Green Tea”–are just as strong (if not stronger) than many of the fan favorites they played during the set. [Read More...]
Technology Tell: JRockin’ in the USA with Shonen Knife, a Technology Tell video interview
JRockin’ in the USA with Shonen Knife: a Technology Tell video interview

by Kirk Hiner

Tonight in Minneapolis, venerable Japanese rock band Shonen Knife will play their 1,000th concert.

Let that sink in a moment: 1,000. In today’s music industry, when labels churn out and abandon acts like leftover McDonald’s cheeseburgers—and when even popular acts release new material only every two to four years, possibly playing 15 shows a summer—Shonen Knife has stood before their audience 1,000 times.

The band formed in Osaka, Japan in 1981 with Naoko Yamano on lead vocals and guitar, Atsuko Yamano on drums and vocals, and Michie Nakatani on bass and vocals. This lineup continued through 1999, then went through various changes before reaching the current lineup in 2010 with Naoko, Ritsuko Tanada on bass and vocals, and Emi Morimoto on drums and vocals.

And what a lineup that is, quickly becoming a favorite amongst fans for their power, charm, and aggressively tight grooves on stage. In those four short years, the band has released Free Time, their Ramones tribute CD Osaka Ramones, Pop Tune and Overdrive. In between recording sessions, they’ve toured relentlessly around the world. And now in the U.S. they’re reaching the almost unheard of milestone at the start of their Overdrive tour. Sunday night, we were able to catch their 999th show at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio, and the band was willing to sit down with us before their show to talk about their longevity, their inspirations, and…tennis?

We’ll apologize up front for the video/audio quality…we had to go off our backup camera, and fight both the opening act and some crazy-loud machine down in the Beachland green room (thank you,SoundSoap!). But doesn’t that just make it feel more rock and roll? [Read More...]
Brooklyn Vegan: Shonen Knife played The Wick with Habibi & The Suzan, will be back for CMJ
Shonen Knife played The Wick with Habibi & The Suzan, will be back for CMJ

Japanese cult band Shonen Knife -- rocking from Osaka since 1981 -- are currently in the US supporting their new album, Overdrive, that finds them putting a bit of '70s glam sparkling on their signature punky pop.

Their tour hit NYC over the weekend with a show at The Wick on Friday (9/12) that was well matched with Habibi and fellow Japanese band (living in NYC), The Suzan. Pictures from the night as well as video of Shonen Knife performing Economic Crisis" and "Antonio Baka Guy" are in this post.

From here, Shonen Knife's tour heads west, before returning to NYC for CMJ next month. Stay tuned for more details about CMJ shows. More pics, plus video from their show at The Wick, below... [Read More...] Music: SHONEN KNIFE: 'MY ROGUE SPIRIT IS FOREVER THE SAME'

Leader Naoko Yamano talks with us ahead of her enduring Japanese punk band's 1,000th show at the Turf.

Since Shonen Knife’s first rehearsal in 1981, the Japanese punk trio has endured decades of recording and touring the globe. While the threesome’s lineup has changed over the years, its fun, danceable brand of songs about food (“Banana Chips,” “Broccoli Man”) and cats (“Giant Kitty”) garnered the band a cult following and heavyweight fans like Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.

Known for its energetic live show, coordinating outfits, and upbeat attitude, Shonen Knife is a shameless aural indulgence. The band’s latest release, this year’s “Overdrive,” was inspired less by punk and more by ‘70s rock but still contains the edible and animal influences that longtime listeners love.

Naoko Yamano, the only remaining member from the original Shonen Knife lineup, spoke to in anticipation of the band’s 1,000th performance at the Turf Club.

Q: Shonen Knife has been around for over 30 years. How have you and the music changed over time?

A: I’ve never changed. My ability to play the guitar has progressed. My skill of writing songs has progressed, too. But my spirit, my rogue spirit, is forever the same. I never look back. I just look forward. I can’t believe that so many years have passed.

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By Joey Cutler
Though it's probably not realized, or even thought about, Osaka, Japan's Shonen Knife has been a diligent and constant force since the release of their debut album, 'Minna Tanoshiku', all the way back in 1982. They have been influencing and inspiring countless artists and bands for the past 32 years; once upon a time, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain said that he was like a nine year old little girl getting to see the Beatles, once he finally got to see Shonen Knife live for the first time, in addition to calling them "the best band in the world." Their role in the world of rock & roll has been grossly overlooked, especially on American soil, but they've been standing their own solid ground and they, or their music, have never relented.Now, in 2014, they've released their 20th studio album, 'Overdrive', and the music is as strong as it has ever have been. Naoko, the band's lead vocalist, recently answered some questions about the new record and a whole lot more. After you take the interview in, check out the review for 'Overdrive', and a few new tracks from the album; videos included. Enjoy!
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Shonen Knife Talks New Album and Tour
Japanese pop punk band, Shonen Knife, is alive and well after more than thirty years with the “Overdrive” North American tour in support of their new album.

After my interview with Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls, he mentioned his record label Good Charamel Records has a signed artist who will be in Chicago soon. The artist in question is all-female band from Osaka, Japan, Shonen Knife, mentioning “Shonen Knife is one of the hardest working, passionate bands I’ve ever known, I’m very proud to be part of their legacy here in the US.”

The band was formed in 1981 by sisters Naoko (lead vocals/guitar) and Atsuko Yamono (drums). Singer Michie Nakatani joined, and they released their first album “Burning Farm.” Atsuko and Nakatani left the band eventually, and Eimi Morimoto and Ristuko Taneda replaced them.

Ten years after founding the band and gaining international recognition, the band was approached by a man who asked if they would open for his band. While the girls had no idea who the man was, you might … his name is Kurt Cobain. Thus Shonen Knife joined Nirvana on a UK tour.

Shonen Knife has recently released Overdrive, their 20th full-length album. Overdrive offers ten tracks that seamlessly combine punk rock’s edgy guitar riffs with psychedelic 70s-esque enchanting nostalgia. The songs are simple, at times whimsical, and perhaps their best album to date. “Dance to the Rock” is my favorite song on the album … [Read More...]
Artist Direct: Shonen Knife to Play 1000th Show on Sept.16th
Osaka, Japan's infamous girl group Shonen Knife are about to reach another milestone in their 30-plus year career of bringing the joys of punk rock, fantasy and food to the hearts and ears of the fortunate!

They will play their 1000th worldwide show since their 1982 inception not in their native Japan but in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota market at The Turf Club on September 16. Prince, a famous native, should totally come out and hang, right?

Some bands don't even get to 500 shows, much less 1,000. Amaze! Congrats, Shonen Knife. [Read More...]
MTV IGGY Selector: Shonen Knife’s Naoko Yamano Shares Her Hard Rock Favorites

“When I finally got to see them live,” said Kurt Cobain, “I was transformed into a hysterical nine-year-old girl at a Beatles concert.” Over three decades since their very first show in Osaka’s Studio One, the legendary indie pop trio Shonen Knife has shared tours with Nirvana, Sonic Youth, and Redd Kross. Now promoting their latest album, Overdrive on their North American tour, the band is on the verge of playing their 1000th show, which will take place September 16th in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Though they’re most famed for defying the early J-pop craze with their DIY garage rock aesthetics (and more importantly, songs about snacking, cats and boring desk jobs), the band takes a grittier turn in Overdrive. They make a detour down Route 1975 on their new single, “Bad Luck Song.” Vocalist/guitarist Naoko Yamano revvs it up with some Joan Jett riffs, but serves up her vocals with the same sugar-coated simplicity she’s maintained for years. [Read More...]
The Spill: Maximum Overdrive: An Interview With Naoko Yamano Of Shonen Knife
Maximum Overdrive:
An Interview With Naoko Yamano Of Shonen Knife

After my interview with Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls, he mentioned to me that his record label, Good Charamel Records, has a signed artist that would also be in Chicago soon. He introduced me to an all-female band from Osaka named Shonen Knife saying, “Shonen Knife is one of the hardest working, passionate bands I've ever known. I'm very proud to be part of their legacy here in the U.S." The band was formed in 1981 by sisters Naoko (lead vocals/guitar) and Atsuko Yamano. Singer Michie Nakatani joined and they released their first album, Burning Farm. Atsuko and Nakatani left the band eventually and Emi Morimoto replaced them. I inquired how the name Shonen Knife came to be. Naoko explained, “Shonen Knife is an old brand name of a pencil knife. When I saw this knife, I was impressed by the name. Shonen means ‘boy’ in Japanese. The images of the words are boy equals cute and knife equals dangerous. When cute and dangerous are combined together, it’s the image of our music.” The band was one of the first all-female bands from Osaka. That was not a concern for Naoko however, “I just wanted to form a band with people who have been my friends before. I’m shy and I didn’t want to start a band with strangers. As a result, I formed an all-female band.” [Read More...]