Shonen Knife, Osaka Japan’s legendary queens of indie sunshine, are back with a brand new album for 2014.
Their 19th studio release, “Overdrive”, is a tip of the hat to 70’s Hard Rock, and a continuation of Shonen Knife’s journey into the musings of food, fantasy and daily life in the Far Eastern metropolis of Osaka.
“Overdrive” features 10 new songs penned by founding member and principal songwriter Naoko who continues to grow the 30 plus year legacy of Japan’s most recognizable name in indie rock. The band is rounded out with 2 songs sung by bassist Ritsuko and drummer Emi, a lineup consistently rocking since 2010.
Channeling the musical traditions of 70’s Metal Icons like Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple, Bad Company, Kiss and Black Sabbath, Naoko’s passion for the hard rock genre is translated through her constant pop culture filter known as Shonen Knife.
“Overdrive” will be available in N. America on Good Charamel Records on April 15th 2014 and is now available for Pre-Sale in the Good Charamel Online Store.Shonen Knife will play Japan and Europe this spring and summer. The initial dates on their fall North American tour have just been announced (see below).
"Overdrive" Track Listing
1) Bad Luck Song
2) Black Crow
3) Dance to the Rock
4) Ramen Rock
6) Fortune Cookie
7) Like a Cat
8) Green Tea
9) Robots from Hell
10) Jet Shot
Fri 09-12 Brooklyn NY @ The Wick
Sat 09-13 Buffalo, NY @ The Music is Art Festival
Tue. 09-16 St. Paul, MN- Turf Club
Thur. 09-18 Chicago, IL- Bottom Lounge
Tues 10-07 San Diego - The Casbah
Wed 10-08 Los Angeles, CA – The Church on York
Fri. 10-10 San Francisco, CA- Bottom of the Hill
Sat. 10-11 Portland, OR- Dante's
Sun 10-12 Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
Tue. 10-14 Boise, ID- Neurolux
Wed. 10-15 Salt Lake City, UT- Urban Lounge
Thurs 10-16 Denver, CO- Oriental Theater
Sat 10-18 St Louis, MO- Firebird
(More US dates to be announced soon ....)
The album is now available for pre-order in the Good Charamel webstore.