Shonen Knife – power-trio pop from Japan
Here’s what you may need to know…
01. “When I finally got to see them live, I was transformed into a hysterical nine-year-old girl at a Beatles concert”, said Kurt Cobain of this veteran outfit, currently celebrating their 35th (!) anniversary.
02. The band came together in 1981 after founder member Naoko Yamano fell in love with the music of the Ramones. A deal with pop tastemakers K Records happened in 1985, which saw career album Burning Farm released Stateside.
03. The following three decades saw them tour with Nirvana on their Nevermind launch jaunt, as well as with Sonic Youth and the Breeders. They’ve played Lollapalooza and Reading, recorded sessions for the late, great John Peel, and even cut a tune for The Powerpuff Girls.
04. They’re hitting Ireland as part of their European tour next month. See them at Whelan’s in Dubland on the 30th, at Belfast Cathedral Quarter Arts Fest on May 1st, and in Cork’s Crane Lane Theatre on May 2nd (in a free show!).
Verdict: Broadsheet caught them in 2014 when they were on tour. Nirvana connection and their history aside, they are a savage live proposition. Get to ’em if you can.
Photo: Akira Shibata
The king of the multiple mashup blends the biggest pop hits of the Summer thus far into a Daft Punk/Icona flavoured confection.
You may like a lick.
Featuring: Armin van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie – This Is What It Feels Like; Bastille – Pompeii; Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky; Demi Lovato – Heart Attack; Icona Pop feat .Charlie XCX – I Love It; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – Can’t Hold Us; Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera – Feel This Moment; Rihanna feat. David Guetta; Right Now; Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell Williams; Will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber and Zedd feat. Foxes – Clarity.
Above (from top): My Little Edward Scissorhands; My Little Damien Hirst; My Little Gaga and (our personal favourite) My Little Chewbacca.