Japanese pop-punk band Shonen Knife announce Australia tour

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Japanese pop-punk band Shonen Knife announce Australia tour

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Photo: Akira Shibata
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The girl group will be hitting the road on their In Their Best Place tour.

Get ready for a surge of pink as Shonen Knife, the iconic Japanese pop-punk trio, gears up for their upcoming tour of Australia.

Naoko, Atsuko and Risa are poised to ignite the stage with their quatro decade-plus power packs, delivering a sugar rush of astro-pop-punk that has delighted audiences worldwide for over 40 years.

Shonen Knife 2024 Australia Tour

  • Feb 21 – Vinnie’s Dive Bar, Gold Coast
  • Feb 22 – Felon’s Barrel Hall, Brisbane
  • Feb 23 – The Basement, Canberra
  • Feb 24 – Crowbar, Sydney
  • Feb 25 – Mona Foma, Hobart
  • Feb 28 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
  • Feb 29 – The Gov, Adelaide
  • Mar 1 – The River, Margaret River
  • Mar 2 – Milk Bar, Perth

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Shonen Knife (meaning “Boy Knife” in Japanese) formed in Osaka in 1981 and quickly became pioneers of the pop-punk genre. With Naoko on guitar, Nakatani on bass, and Naoko’s sister Atsuko on drums, they embarked on a musical adventure that continues to evolve with the addition of current drummer Risa Kawano.

Influenced by 1960s girl groups, The Beatles and punk rock legends like the Ramones, the trio crafts stripped-down, high-energy songs sung in both Japanese and English. When they come to town in February for the In Their Best Place tour, it’ll be the band’s sixth time touring Australia.

Over their four decades of music, Shonen Knife have earned a worldwide cult following and received praise from alternative rock legends like Sonic Youth, Nirvana and Redd Kross. The band released their 20th album, Our Best Place, this past February, solidifying their status as indie darlings.

Throughout the years, the Shonen Knife girls have also played in a Ramones cover band called The Osaka Ramones and penned the unforgettable theme song to the Powerpuff Girls cartoon show.

The upcoming Australian tour, spanning nine dates across the country, promises to be a thrilling experience for both longtime fans and newcomers alike.

For tickets to see Shonen Knife in Melbourne, head here.