READY – SET – GO!
The Shonen Knife adventure continues with their trademark high energy fun performances full of positivity and humour.
Lead by Atsuko Yamano on bass guitar and vocals ( she also makes their costumes ), who has been with the band since its beginnings 26 years ago, Shonen Knife is a Japanese girl-pop-punk-rock band that has managed to retain its garage rock sound.
The lyrics are simple, sung in both Japanese and English, and are usually about food ( because food makes you happy ). If you think it’s not possible for there to be a hard rock song about Japanese noodles – think again.
Atsuko’s sister Naoko on lead guitar and vocals has rejoined the band after an absence ( she also designs the t-shirts). The trio is completed by the amazingly exuberant Risa on drums.
It is unusual to leave a rock gig surrounded by so many smiling faces and so much laughter. The encore being a version of Daydream Believer can only have added to the already happy mood of the audience. This was only the 4th tour of Australia, hopefully they will visit us more often.
They were supported by Adelaide band Satans Cheerleaders performing the music of the Commodore 64 game The Last Ninja. An interesting choice for support act, they were playing Japanese influenced music on western instruments. Proficient and entertaining, they set the scene for the good time rock that was to follow.