The greatest Shonen on earth
If there’s nothing uncomplicated about what Shonen Knife do, then why isn’t everyone doing it, because they’re great. I suppose it’s because they make everything seem so effortless, but they instinctively know how to marry just the right amount of twee to the right amount of buzzsaw. And they wield their influences with such ease taking in everything from The Ramones and early punk through to surf pop, 1960s girl groups and new wave angularity. Their last album was 2016’s very excellent ‘Adventure’ which saw them contemplating the kind of weighty subject matter which has set them in good stead down through the years including ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll T-Shirt’ (“I like to wear them everywhere, they are my best clothes, I put one on and go to see a show”). They remain a real force of nature live and you should NEVER pass up the chance to see them when they hit the region.
Shonen Knife, Saturday 20 July, The Cluny, Ouseburn, Newcastle, 8pm, £16. thecluny.com