Japan’s icons of sugar punk power pop, Shonen Knife, will be in Perth next month for dates with Regurgitator at The Astor Theatre on 15 November and Metropolis Fremantle on 16 November. Around The Sound checked in with Shonen Knife vocalist and guitarist, Naoko, ahead of their trip out west.
Shonen Knife are currently playing a US tour. “It’s going well with sold-out shows,” Naoko told us. “The reaction from the audience for our new album is excellent. Everyone seems enjoy our music. Every show is a highlight.
“My attitude that I want to make fun, happy enjoyable music. In the ‘80s, we didn’t know so much about recording. Our engineers and friends helped us. I was mainly listening to late ‘70s various kinds of new wave punk pop bands at that time. I was inspired by such music. In the ‘90s, we worked with American professional producers.
“I learned about recording and arrangement from them a lot. I got improved. In these 20 years, we record independently. I get much chance to listen to various music now and inspired now. I mainly like to listen to ‘70s British Hard Rock and ‘70s R&B, funk, disco.”
These Japanese icons of power pop will be worth the price of entry on their own at the upcoming Perth dates. They’re as sharp as their name suggests.