During the early-’90s alternative wave, quirky Japanese indie rock trio Shonen Knife made major fans out of alt-rock’s elite (Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and Redd Kross, among others) and built a solid worldwide cult following with their Ramones-meets-Beatles brand of sticky-sweet punk-pop. Following their early-’80s rise as indie upstarts, they signed to the majors for the release of 1992’s breakthrough Let’s Knife. With vocalist Naoko Yamano at the core, four albums were issued with the founding trio before the first of many lineup shuffles. The group’s early-2000s output included 2003’s Candy Rock and 2005’s Genki Shock! Cementing their veteran status in the 2010s, Yamano kept the band going, their endearing charm and no-nonsense punk bursts packing efforts such as 2011’s Osaka Ramones and their 20th album, 2016’s Adventure.
Kommentar fra Naoko:
“We started Shonen Knife on 29th December 1981 when we did the first rehearsal in Osaka. This year is the 40th anniversary (postponed a year) of the band. Thanks to our fans, all members of the band and staff, I could continue the band.
But actually I can’t believe that so many year have passed. My motto of the band is “Let’s have fun” and I’ve never look back and never having long time future plan. I just move forward.
I would like to continue to make people and ourselves happy through our music.
But actually, I can’t believe that so many years have passed. My motto of the band is “Let’s have fun” and I’ve never looked back and never having long time future plan. I just move forward.d..