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Pop Tune

by Shonen Knife

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Pop Tune 03:16
Paper Clip 03:09
Mr J. 02:55
Ghost Train 03:51
Sunshine 03:29
Move On 04:54


What about this new album then?
‘Pop Tune’ is the 18th studio album from Shonen Knife, released
in the UK/EUROPE by DAMNABLY on CD/Digital Download.
What do you need to know about this record?
This new long-player features ten original songs produced by
Naoko and manager Atsushi, recorded by Ippei Suda
(Afrirampo/Balzac) and mastered by Koichi Hara (Afrirampo/
OOIOO/Boredoms). The UK and European release features
special ‘orange’ coloured artwork by up and coming illustrator
Mami Saito.
What does it sound like?
Having explored a 70's heavy metal rock sound in their previous
two LP’s Super Group and Free Time, Pop Tune is a return to
the bands signature combinations of pin sharp punk-pop, 60’s
girl group inspired harmonies, upbeat melodies and irreverence.
Pop Tune is a celebration and paean to pop, catchy hooks, key
changes, simple, fast, short and altogether jubilant songs.
‘Osaka Rock City’, has been selected as the theme song for the
movie adaptation of Robin Shio’s “Soul Train Flower” directed
by Hiroshi Nishio and out in cinemas in Japan later this year!
This album is also the first recording to feature all members of
the band’s current lineup. Lead vocalist and guitarist Naoko as
chief songwriter, delivers her characteristic charmingly
unaffected view of the world through her carefree lyrics, and
with bassist Ritsuko taking lead vocals on “Sunshine”, and
drummer Emi taking lead vocals on “Psychadelic Life”, this
could well be their first full band masterpiece yet!
Who are Shonen Knife?
“When I finally got to see them live, I was transformed
into a hysterical nine-year-old girl at a Beatles concert.”
Kurt Cobain
Osaka, Japan’s Shonen Knife formed in 1981, when Naoko first heard
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 US. 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’, toured with Nirvana, The Breeders and as part of
Lollapalooza. 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 toured the UK, Europe, North America, China &
Taiwan. SK have maintained their rightful place in the ever changing
indie rock scene and 2011 marked the band’s 30th year since its
Recent Press
Uncut: “rocks like Motorhead designed by Hanna-Barbara”
BBC Music: "The Osaka Ramones, you must concede, still
have it."
The Sunday Times (Stewart Lee) "...irrepressible slice of
bounce-along indie-pop. Beguiling."
NME: “the heroic ladies sound just as fresh and enchantingly
boisterous as they ever have”
Voted the winner of BBC 6Music’s ‘Rebel Playlist’ by a
landslide vote of 88%, which granted the single a play on
every daytime 6Music show for a week plus album of the
day on BBC 6Music
LondonPaper: (Super Group review)“Part Shangri-La’s, part
Ramones, you can’t resist the charm of lyrics ... so give in, and
Time Out London: “Punchy Pop-Rock”
Big Issue “for energy and fun, its no wonder they’re Japan’s
prime punk act”
24-7 “Upbeat, quirky and fun: that’s what the band does best.”
Artrocker “chock-full of singalong fun times”
Sunday Express “an absolute breath of fresh air”
The Fly “Always charming, always exhilarating... simply perfect
The Skinny “characteristically bizarre and childishly charming”
Scotsman “(Free Time) is an album in love with the simple,
energising thrills of guitar-based rock’n’roll”
Mojo “an exercise in lustrous pop.”
Japan Times: “Shonen Knife are one of the most important
bands in history, even if the world at large doesn't know it”
Time Out Sydney: “It's a whole lot of fun”
BBC 6Music (Steve Lamacq): "Shonen Knife - they know how
to rock - Japanese punk pop at its best.”
BBC 6Music (Gideon Coe): “the most arresting record I’ve
heard this week”
Time Out Barcelona: “Super Group continues to polish
Shonen Knife’s reputation”
Subba-cultcha: “brilliantly bonkers”


released June 25, 2012


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Shonen Knife Osaka, Japan

Shonen Knife was formed in 1981 by Naoko Yamano, her friend Michie and sister Atsuko.

35 Years, 19 albums and well over 1000 gigs later the band is as strong, fun and original as ever.

“When I finally got to see them live, I was transformed into a hysterical nine-year-old girl at a Beatles concert.”Kurt Cobain
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