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Sweet Christmas

by Shonen Knife

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What is this?
Shonen Knife bring you good tidings and warmest
wishes in the form of this new Christmas single out
in Europe on Damnably Records as a digital
download and limited edition Snow white coloured
vinyl 7”.

What do you need to know about this record?
2011 has been an exciting 30th anniversary year for
Japanese rockers Shonen Knife who released their
16th studio album ‘Free Time’ together with the ‘Osaka
Ramones’ tribute album. The band rocked a month
long European tour, not stopping when they returned
to Japan for a small tour before jetting off to North
America only 45 days later for another extensive tour.
Now they’ve recorded this sugary sweet jingle‐bell
rock cracker of a single ‘Sweet Christmas’.
Naoko is quite a lover of cakes and her ‘Rock’n’Roll
cake was one of the standout track on ‘Free Time’.
‘Sweet Christmas’ continues her sweet fixation:

It’s frosted garage fuzz‐pop and the band’s first
Christmas single since "All I Want For Christmas" copenned
by Thurston Moore, and their UK hit ‘Space
Christmas’ that held the imagination of the nation
back in 1991.
The B‐side contains an acoustic rendition of ‘Sweet
Christmas’ and a cheeky cover of ‘We wish you a
merry Christmas’ with Emi and Ritsuko each
contributing vocals on a verse after Naoko.
Recent Press:
Uncut “rocks like Motorhead designed by Hanna‐Barbara”
BBC Music " The Osaka Ramones, you must concede, still have it."
Big Issue “for energy and fun, its no wonder they’re Japan’s prime
punk act”
“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
Mojo “an exercise in lustrous pop.”
The Sunday Times "...irrepressible slice of bounce‐along indiepop.
Beguiling." Stewart Lee
NME “As youthful, enchanting and boisterous as ever before.”
DIS “addictive garage rock”
Independent on Sunday “may be a joyous blast of buzz saw pop,
but you just know that the live shows will be even better.”
“brilliantly bonkers”
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”


released November 29, 2011


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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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