Ready… set… go!
The ever adventuring Naoko-powered wonderbeast of Japanese sugar coated rockin’ fun SHONEN KNIFE return to Australia for the fourth time in 30 years since their debut visit to this far away land on the Big Day Out back in 1997… where they also played a string of shows together with Rocket from The Crypt.
Now travelling in their 36th year of being, nearing on 1200 shows and 18 studio albums they never tire of the energetic rock ’n’ round!
With original member Atsuko back on the bass, joining Naoko and latest drummer Risa, after the past year touring latest album Adventure through Japan, UK, Ireland, US and Canada… they finally venture this way again, flipping the rainbow upsidedownunder with a full tour on the back of an invitation to play the 2017 OZASIA festival in Adelaide, and subsequent NGV FRIDAY NIGHTS at The House of Dior, and the wild west outback of WAVE ROCK WEEKENDER!
Joining the never-ending girls at various shows will be a mixed assortment of riotous joy… in Brisbane the wiry garage pop of I HEART HIROSHIMA along with THE STRESS OF LEISURE; in Ballarat true Shonen fans PARSNIP along with BEN ELY from regurgitator goin’ solo; in Perth the likes of BOAT SHOW and erstwhile friends COMMUNITY CHEST; and in Sydney and Canberra the combo of Canberra’s rock-n-trash GLITORIS and Indonesia’s experimental magnificence that is SENYAWA whom also make a special appearance in Melbourne along with PARSNIP; and in Hobart the psychedelic grunge of BABYLON HOWL. A full platter and a half… gonna’ be fun!
In conjunction with this visit will see the release of a special Australia tour compilation album READY! SET!! GO!!! on vinyl and the like…
Fire up the ramen rock as Naoko whips up her own tour supplies on Brutally Delicious.
scenestr & consume/valve present direct from Japan SHONEN KNIFE
READY! SET!! GO!!! Adventure Australia tour 2017
SEPT 21 brisbane THE ZOO
plus guests: I Heart Hiroshima & The Stress of Leisure
Tickets from thezoo.com.au and Oztix outlets
SEPT 22 melbourne NGV FRIDAY NIGHTS at The House of Dior
Tickets from www.ngv.vic.gov.au/
SEPT 23 ballarat KAROVA LOUNGE
plus guests: Parsnip & Ben Ely (regurgitator – solo)
Tickets from karovalounge.com and oztix outlets
SEPT 24 wa WAVE ROCK WEEKENDER
Tickets from waverockweekender.com.au
ADVENTURE out now through Valve/MGM
READY! SET!! GO!!! Adventure Tour compilation out SEPT!
Since their humble DIY beginnings in late 1981, Osaka, Japan’s Shonen Knife have been building a faithful following of rock enthusiasts and 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 rock and roll dreams of three girls blossomed into a reality and the trio continues now into its 36th year of international touring and recording with their 16th release Adventure recorded on Osaka in late 2015. 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 Black Sabbath , Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest and The Ramones with a touch of The Supremes,” all presented through the lens of SK’s charismatic pop, sunshine filled fantasy world.
Latest album Adventure features 10 new 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”. The band has done continuous worldwide touring since the late 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 Festival in Japan and the Lollapalooza Festival. With the release of Adventure, Shonen Knife continues into 2016 with a tour of Europe in the spring followed by Japanese touring and an extensive run of North American performances in the fall.