Since their humble DIY beginnings in 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 young office girls blossomed into a reality and the trio continues now into its 35th 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 Blue Oyster Cult, Thin Lizzy, The Runaways and The Ramones with a touch of the Shirelles,” all presented through the lens of SK’s charismatic pop, sunshine filled fantasy world.
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”.
Catbath, a three-piece rock outfit hailing from Minneapolis, MN, began in the basement of Travis Franklin and Crystal Stockert’s south side duplex. The duo began mining the arsenal of songs Franklin had been stockpiling. They were eclectic, drawing from disparate genres and eras of rock—from sixties garage pop to grunge to metal. However, the common thread binding them together could not be obscured; the songs were chock-full of undeniable melodies and irrepressible pop hooks.
Ariel – Vocals, Bass / Monet – Guitar / Madalyn – Drums