Reveal video for “Jump In To The New World”
From New Album Adventure
Due Out On Damnably on 1 April
Watch “Jump In To The New World”
UK/IRL TOUR DATES IN APRIL AND MAY (see below)
Shonen Knife‘s new video for “Jump In To The New World” premiered via Noisey, who said: “Wearing spangly, silver dresses that could look like they’re out of an episode of Buck Rogers In The 25th Century, the trio’s uplifting and energetic performance is matched only by the uplifting and energetic songs.”
Shonen Knife celebrate their 35th Anniversary this year with a brand new album Adventure (out on 1 April via Damnably). They will be hitting the road for their most extensive UK and Eire tour in April, which includes a slot at the Stewart Lee curated All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival.
Formed in Osaka by guitarist and chief songwriter Naoko in 1981, Japan’s Shonen Knife rose from humble DIY beginnings crafting their own idiosyncratic songs, and fashioning their own brightly coloured outfits, to sharing a stage with Nirvana on their Nevermind tour, trailblazing a path for women in music and inspiring legions of bands.
For this, their 19th album, original drummer Atsuko returns to play bass, joining Naoko (vocals + guitar) and relative newcomer Risa on drums, whilst some bass parts were provided by regular member Ritsuko (who is on maternity leave) and Naru, who became an official member from a support band.
Adventure sees the band delving deeper in to the 70s rock leanings that they explored on their last album Overdrive. As Naoko explains; “passing through the 70s, the music genre which was born as rock’n’roll developed to ROCK. This album is like that.” Musical references include Thin Lizzy, Motorhead and Deep Purple, but of course, this is Shonen Knife, so there is still an excitable pop element to the music. There are catchy hooks and 60s girl-group inspired harmonies along the way but the album is firmly rooted in 70s Rock.
Despite their 35 years as a band, Shonen Knife still sound as fresh and vital as they ever did. They have maintained their rightful place in the ever-changing indie rock scene as one of the most influential and beloved of Japanese rock exports. 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 play the Stewart Lee curated festival in 2016), and have toured the UK, Europe, North America, China & Taiwan.
Live, they are tight with machine-precision, punching out fast, highly exciting sets of Punk, Pop, Rock & Metal hits, all coated with their own distinctively quirky and life-affirming charm. As they fast approach their biggest European tour to date, Shonen Knife’s joy and invention shows no sign of fading. As Naoko says, “Let’s Rock!”
“Rocks like Motorhead designed by Hanna-Barbara” Uncut
“Ultimately, without using superlatives, Shonen Knife should be set up for life as ambassadors for live music.” Clash Music
“There are two types of people: those who enjoy thrashy Japanese girl- punk, and those who have something wrong with them.” The Independent On Sunday
“Shonen Knife’s gloriously infectious buzzsaw rock & roll remains firmly in place to charm the pants off even the most of cynical and hardened of churls.” The Quietus
“The Osaka Ramones, you must concede, still have it.” BBC Music
Full Tour Dates:
14 Manchester – Ruby Lounge
15 ATP 2.00 – Stewart Lee
16 Birmingham – Oobleck
17 London – Dingwalls
19 Falmouth – Princess Pavilion
20 Southampton – Joiners
21 Brighton – The Haunt
22 Guildford – Boileroom
23 Norwich – Arts Centre
24 Colchester – Arts Centre
26 Leeds – Brudenell
27 Gateshead – Sage 2
28 Edinburgh – Summerhall
29 Glasgow – CCA
30 Dublin – Whelans
1 Belfast – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
2 Cork – Crane Lane
4 Liverpool – Arts Club
5 Nottingham – Maze
6 Leicester – Musician
7 Bedford – Esquires
8 Bristol – Fleece