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Shonen Knife

40th Anniversary Tour

New date: 14 Apr 2022, 19:00

Update from Shonen Knife:

"Hi everyone who supports Shonen Knife. Konnichiwa!

We are very sorry to see the reschedule of our 2021 UK tour.

We are looking forward to see you at our 40th Anniversary UK tour 2022 and hope to share happy moments with you at our shows.

Please take care and keep on rockin’!

Lots of love,

Naoko, Atsuko and Risa from Shonen Knife"


Shonen Knife are coming to Sub89 as part of their 40th UK tour.
Hailing from Japan, they started out in 1981.They raised up through the ranks. They came to the attention of Kurt Cobian and the rest of Nirvana in the late 80s.Kurt going on record that they were his favourite band.

"When I finally got to see them live, I was transformed into a hysterical nine-year-old girl at a Beatles concert" - Kurt Cobain

Other bands are huge fans such as Sonic Youth, Fugazi, Red Kross and the Beastie Boys.

Heavily influenced by 1960s girl bands, The Beach Boys, and early punk bands, such as the Ramones, the trio crafts stripped-down songs with simple yet unconventional lyrics sung both in Japanese and English

The trio maintains a distinctly garage rock sound rooted in D.I.Y aesthetics. The band has been credited with making "the international pop underground more international" by "opening it up to bands from Japan"