Shonen Knife – Pop Tune
Shonen Knife – Psychedelic Life
‘Pop Tune’ is the 18th studio album from Shonen Knife, released
in the UK/EUROPE by DAMNABLY on CD/Digital Download.
What do you need to know about this record?
This new long-player features ten original songs produced by
Naoko and manager Atsushi, recorded by Ippei Suda
(Afrirampo/Balzac) and mastered by Koichi Hara (Afrirampo/
OOIOO/Boredoms). The UK and European release features
special ‘orange’ coloured artwork by up and coming illustrator Mami Saito.
What does it sound like?
Having explored a 70’s heavy metal rock sound in their previous
two LP’s Super Group and Free Time, Pop Tune is a return to
the bands signature combinations of pin sharp punk-pop, 60’s
girl group inspired harmonies, upbeat melodies and irreverence.
Pop Tune is a celebration and paean to pop, catchy hooks, key
changes, simple, fast, short and altogether jubilant songs.
‘Osaka Rock City’, has been selected as the theme song for the
movie adaptation of Robin Shio’s “Soul Train Flower” directed
by Hiroshi Nishio and out in cinemas in Japan later this year!
This album is also the first recording to feature all members of
the band’s current lineup. Lead vocalist and guitarist Naoko as
chief songwriter, delivers her characteristic charmingly
unaffected view of the world through her carefree lyrics, and
with bassist Ritsuko taking lead vocals on “Sunshine”, and
drummer Emi taking lead vocals on “Psychadelic Life”, this
could well be their first full band masterpiece yet!
released June 25, 2012