“When I finally got to see them live, I was transformed into a hysterical nine-year-old girl at a Beatles concert.” Kurt Cobain
Shonen Knife are a ground-breaking all-female Japanese, pop-punk rock trio formed in Osaka in 1981, when Naoko Yamana 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 United States. 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, as part of Lollapalooza, wowed the Reading Festival and Roskilde, recorded sessions for John Peel and appeared on MTV’s ‘Beavis and Butthead’.
More recently, Shonen Knife have played Matt Groening’s curated ATP festival, toured the UK, Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, China and India. They released the classic albums: Supergroup, Freetime, Osaka Ramones, Poptune and Overdrive to critical acclaim and recorded regular BBC6 Music sessions for Marc Riley and Gideon Coe.
2016 will be the band’s 35th year of rock and will see them release their 20th studio album. With no signs of slowing down, Naoko continues to say: “Let’s Rock!”.
The Independent (Simon Price): 8/10 “There are two types of people: those who enjoy thrashy Japanese girl-punk, and those who have something wrong with them.”
Noisey: “Shonen Knife Write Sick Songs About Cats, Cookies, and Cake”
The Sunday Times (Stewart Lee ): “…irrepressible slice of bounce-along indie-pop. Beguiling.”
Uncut: “rocks like Motorhead designed by Hanna-Barbara”
Otoboke Beaver describe themselves as: “Japanese girls ‘knock out or pound cake’ band”. Formed in 2009’s summer in Kyoto, Japan, and consists of Accorinrin (lead Vocal & Guitar),
Yoyoyoshie (Guitar &Vocals), Hiro-chan (Bass &Vocals), Pop (Drums &Vocals). Live, the band invade the audience and have shared stages with Shonen Knife, Guitar Wolf, Pika☆/ (from AFRIRAMPO), DMBQ, Ni-hao!,BO NINGEN and COMANECHI.
Emi Morimoto (X Shonen Knife) “When I first watched their show, I couldn’t help moving my body and was in the front row of the crowd at the live house in OSAKA. Their cute looks and crazy performance won my heart. After that, I heard that they were 10 years my junior at the music circle of the Ritsumeikan University in KYOTO. The fact made my fondness of them grew bigger and bigger. Their music is splendid, not to mention their individual personalities and musicianship, too. It’s rare for bands in Kyoto to use the local dialect in songs, and especially rare for young musicians. Now, most musicians tend to move to TOKYO. But Otoboke Beaver are based in KYOTO and proud of that. It’s time for them to export their music to the world. People in the UK will certainly become their captive!! I hope Otoboke Beaver will become a bridge between Kyoto and the World. “
Hailing from the heartland of America, Ohio’s Leggy is a blonde-heavy dream punk trio exploding with empowered earnestness, an undeniably catchy pop sensibility and that ever timeless grrrl in-and-out of love allure. With influences drawn from contemporary artists like Lana Del Rey & St. Vincent, as well as 90’s jammers like The Breeders and Hole, Leggy produce a unique style of music that equal parts dark pop and shimmery punk.
“Raw, catchy as hell, and utterly dance-able, Cincinnati trio Leggy make skin-bearing garage rock that isn’t afraid to rip the guise off dated and romantic tropes.” –Noisey
Wobbly Grunge trio from Barnsley, South Yorkshire who have played alongside the likes of Allusondrugs, Fizzy Blood, Yawning Dog and Bi:Lingual and released their debut EP in August 2015 with a 7” Single following on Damnably in January 2015.
Louder Than War “‘Bruja’ is a fantastic collection of songs, one that no doubt will show off the band at their best in a live setting.”