Japan’s legendary punk-pop princesses Shonen Knife are set to release the DVD/CD combo ALIVE! In Osaka via Good Charamel Records on May 4th 2017 – and AQ has an exclusive video premiere from the set.
Buttercup (I’m A Supergirl) was originally created for Cartoon Network’s Powerpuff Girls show, and used to air daily before the show, alongside a song by Apples In Stereo.
“I love The Powerpuff Girls a lot,” explains frontwoman Naoko Yamano. “It is a story about three girls which is just like Shonen Knife. When I got an offer from Cartoon Network to make a theme song for Buttercup, I was so happy because she is my favorite character. I made that song with fun. I’m always enjoying to play that song at our show. Our audience got so cheerful with that song.”
Naoko also goes into detail on the new release: “It is our first live album after 12 years. ALIVE! in Osaka was recorded at the same club called “Fandango” with the last one Live in Osaka. The drummer was changed from the last time. You can try to compare the new one with the last one. It might be interesting. The show was held in our hometown and of course everybody there was so excited. I hope you can get happy, fun and cheerful with this album.”
The DVD/CD package was recorded live at Juso Fandango in Osaka, Japan last December and includes 21 tracks from the band’s 3+ decade long career as Japan’s most beloved indie rock export.
Featuring classics such as Twist Barbie, Bear Up Bison and Sushi Bar Song, newer tracks like Jump Into The New World and Rock N Roll Tee Shirt as well as a cover of Nick Lowe’s classic Cruel to be Kind, the band is captured in their true element with this release.
SHONEN KNIFE 2018 UK/SCOTLAND TOUR
04/01 Cardiff The Gate
04/03 Exeter Exeter Phoenix
04/04 Southampton The Joiners
0405 Guildford The Boiler Room
04/06 Bournemouth Sound Circus
04/07 Brighton Patterns
04/10 Colchester Colchester Arts
04/11 Cambridge The Portland Arms
04/12 Norwich Norwich Art Center
04/13 London The Garage
04/14 Bedford Esquires
04/15 Birmingham Hare and Hounds
04/17 Reading Sub89
04/18 Bristol Exchange
04/19 Nottingham Bodega Nottingham
04/20 Manchester Night and Day Cafe
04/24 Hull Adelphi
04/25 Sheffield The Plug
04/26 Leeds Brudnell Social Club
04/27 York Fibbers
05/01 Edinburgh Summer Hall
05/02 Aberdeen The Lemon Tree
05/03 Glasgow Stereo