featuring The Hard Nips / Heavy Cream
Friday, Nov 18, 2011 8:00 PM EST
The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY
18 years and over
30th Anniversary Tour
Shonen Knife have been the most internationally recognized name in Japanese Rock music since their entrance onto the alternative rock scene in the early 90s when them became the indie darlings of hipsters and rock stars alike. Since their inception in Osaka in 1981 (featuring Naoko’s sister Atsuko and their friend, bassist/vocalist Michie), to their current lineup featuring members Ritsuko (bass, vocals) and Emi (drums,vocals), Shonen Knife have maintained their rightful place in the ever changing indie rock scene.
2011 marks thirty years since Naoko and the band began releasing albums featuring their joyous mixture of pop, punk, food and fantasy for the world to enjoy, and to commemorate this major milestone, the ladies will be launching a fall tour in support of their latest release, Osaka Ramones, a 13-track tribute to NYC’s legendary punk band, The Ramones. Offering support on the trek will be Oakland, CA garage rockers, Shannon and the Clams.
“Ramones were my all-time idols since I first heard their music from a radio and rushed to a record shop. This year is the 30th anniversary of Shonen Knife. For celebration, we decided to record a cover album of our favorite band the Ramones. The title isOsaka Ramones with our respect. I’m very happy to release an Osaka Ramones project and to recognize their contribution to the evolution of Shonen Knife,“ explains Naoko.
Osaka Ramones is not only the name of the tribute album, but the name of the side project which has made its way in and out of Shonen Knife’s performing history for decades. This East meets West punk rock combination is now captured in an album recorded and mixed between Osaka, Japanand New York, over the last year. The album was co-produced by Robby Takac of Goo Goo Dolls who is releasing it July 19th on his label, Good Charamel Records.
Come October, North American audiences will have a chance to celebrate the music of the world’s greatest punk rock band, the Ramones, while simultaneously celebrating the 4th decade of the mighty Shonen Knife...Hey Ho, Let’s Go! …
To stream snippets of Shonen Knife’s Osaka Ramones go to: www.goodcharamel.com