Since their humble DIY beginnings in 1981, Osaka, Japan's Shonen Knife have been building a faithful following of music enthusiasts and the alternative rock elite, their relentless journey securing the band's place as one of the pioneer ambassadors of Japanese rock music and culture on the international stage.
The band features original members (and sisters) Naoko on Vocals and Guitar, Atsuko on Bass and Vocals and introduces their newest member, Risa, on drums and vocals. Naoko describes the "Adventure" album as Shonen Knife
"passing through the 70's", born of influences such as Blue Oyster Cult, Thin Lizzy, The Runaways and The Ramones with a touch of the Shirelles,” all presented through the lens of SK's charismatic pop, sunshine filled fantasy world.
Shonen Knife has done continuous worldwide touring since the 80's, sharing the stage with bands such as Nirvana, Redd Kross and Sonic Youth with performances at London's All Tomorrow's Festival, Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest, Fuji Rock Fest and the Lollapalooza Festival.
2016's Adventure features 10 songs such as "Wasabi," a rocking ode to the spicy Japanese condiment, "Hawaii," a melancholy plea for a sunny holiday on a tropical island as well as the first single, the riff rock gem, "Jump into the New World".
Adventure is out now on Good Charamel Records in North America and was followed by a full North American Tour in 2016 as well as another journey around N. America deemed "SHONEN KNIFE'S 2017 USA RAMEN ADVENTURE" which took them across the country sampling Ramen from around the USA.
"ALIVE! in Osaka" was released on May 4th, 2018; a DVD/CD Set of classics and newer Shonen Knife material recorded live in their hometown of Osaka, Japan
2019 found the girls with their newest release "Sweet Candy Power" as they tour continued to tour Europe, The UK and Australia and North America in support of the new album, unfortunately the pandemic interrupted the progress of the tour.
Now in 2023 Shonen Knife will return with "Our Best Place" a new collection of songs which beckons the sounds of some of the earlier Shonen Knife albums! Touring and media support of the album will be fast and furious as the band returns to touring in Europe, The UK, Asia and North America in support of this exciting new release!
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