Shonen Knife

9/30/2018 | Tractor Tavern

Music Fremont/Ballard

Japanese alt- rock trio Shonen Knife have built a worldwide following of a style where the Ramones meets the Beatles. Composed of three female members, Michie Nakatani (vocals, bass), Naoko Yamano (vocals, guitar), and Atsuko Yamano (drums). Shonen Knife originally formed during December of 1981 in their hometown of Osaka, Japan, before playing their first real show in March of the following year. Soon after, the group began issuing albums in its native land, including 1982’s cassette-only release Minna Tanoshiku. The first Shonen Knife release to be issued outside of Japan, a 1990 self-titled compilation featured the entire Burning Farm and Yama No Attchan albums, as well as three tracks that were only previously available on the obscure Japanese comp Aura Music. Shortly thereafter, the group began touring America on a somewhat regular basis, supporting their 1991 release 712 with some dates opening for Nirvana just prior to the runaway success of Cobain and company’s now-classic Nevermind album. Shonen Knife signed their first major U.S. recording contract with Capitol, resulting in the release of one of their finest (and best-known) albums, 1992’s Let’s Knife.

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