Shonen Knife Begin New Album Recording Sessions With Original Drummer + 35th Anniversary Tour Announced for April

December 10, 2015


35th Anniversary Tour of UK & Eire In April
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Shonen Knife, the All-Female Pop-Punk-Rock Pioneers from Osaka, Japan celebrate their 35th Anniversary and (as yet untitled) new album with their most extensive UK & Eire tour to date, presented by Damnably – including a slot at the Stewart Lee curated ATP Festival.  Original drummer Atsuko returns to the band to play bass on the new album recording sessions, which have now begun in Osaka. The band released a statement today:
Announcement from Shonen Knife

News!! Atsuko’s comeback and the recording has started!!

It was decided that the original member Atsuko’s comeback and the recording has started in the hometown Osaka.
The new album will be released in late March 2016.
The members of Shonen Knife after this new album are Naoko (Vo, G), Atsuko (Bass, Vo) and Risa (Drums, Vo).

UK/Ireland Tour from April is decided, 2016 will be very active year for the band.

For Ritsuko (B, G, Vo), she is still in her childcare leave but if she can arrange her time, she will join the band when the band will play a show like “For Leaves Clover tour” which is a special tour as 4 members of Shonen Knife, shows which Atsuko can’t attend and recordings.

For Naru (B, Vo), she was a support bassist for the band but she did very good job and we decided that we invited her to Shonen Knife Family as an official member.

Naoko, Risa and Naru will play at the event produced by Guitar Wolf on December 27th in Osaka.

We appreciate your continuous support for Shonen Knife.

From all members of Shonen Knife and Atsushi of TOMATO HEAD


Hello everybody!

I thank to people who enjoy Shonen Knife music.

Shonen Knife will start recording for the new album with our original member Atsuko.

Many things had happened to the band this year.
Ritsuko is taking maternity and childcare leave then Naru became the support bassist and Risa joined the band as a new drummer.
I suppose that you are wondering what’s going on with the members of the band.

It is very hard for girls to continue a band. Besides of that, we tour overseas a lot and it’s more difficult to keep balance of private life and band activity than usual.

Nevertheless, I’d like to be particular about keep on rocking as an all-girl band.
Now, the brilliant members, Atsuko, Risa, Ritsuko and Naru who grant my wish got together here.

“Band” is a community for making music.

All members, Atsuko, Risa, Ritsuko and Naru, have the same feeling which is “I like Shonen Knife”.
I’d like to make music with the members who can share the same feeling and have a good time.

Basically, the official members are Atsuko, Risa and I who can go to long tours but I want Ritsuko and Naru to join the band when there are opportunities.

I hope you will be happy through Shonen Knife music!

Please look forward to our new album and I’m very glad if you support our future activities.

Let’s have fun!



Hello everyone!
This is Atsuko from original member of Shonen Knife.
Naoko asked me to join the band, so I’m back to be a member. What a happy surprise!
But I still need Ritsuko and Naru’s support. Because I live in Los Angeles.
Now I’m in Osaka Rock City having fun time for recording of new album.
I’m sure that the powerful drummer Risa and I will make a good groove!
Also, I will be playing on UK & Ireland Tour starting next year 2016!
Hope to see everyone!
Let’s ROCK!
Shonen Knife Wants You!!



Congratulations on Atsuko’s comeback!
I’m honored to be able to play with the person who is my respectable drummer.
I’m very happy about that as a fan of Shonen Knife and a member of it.

Naru is my senior of beer and “Shonen Knife”.
I want to get along with her in the future.
I’m looking forward to play with her at the event on December 27th.

The recording for the new album is going well.
I will do my best for the recording as a drummer of Shonen Knife.



I’m happy to hear that!!
Congratulations for coming back Atsuko!!
And Naru, welcome to Knife family!!
Atsuko has been helping us a lot, so it’s my turn to help for her.
I’m busy with child reading now, so it’s difficult to go to foreign countries.
But I want to tour with them someday.
I can play bass and guitar and I can sell merch!!
I hope to see you again, and I wish Shonen Knife will continue forever.



Hi, I’m Naru and have just joined the Shonen Knife family.
I played the bass for the band since May 2015 as a substitute for Ritsuko who is taking maternity and childcare leave.
I’m looking forward to see you at our shows.
Atsuko’s comeback is a good news and also the next year is the 35th anniversary of the band.
I’d like to enjoy my favorite Shonen Knife’s “ROCK”, too.



The trio formed in Osaka in 1981, when Naoko Yamana first heard late ‘70’s punk-pop, particularly The Ramones. Inspired, the band crafted their own idiosyncratic songs, fashioned brightly coloured outfits and DIY albums. In 1985, K Records released ‘Burning Farm’ in the United States. Deals with Sub Pop and various majors followed.
They toured with Nirvana (on the ‘Nevermind’ tour), Sonic Youth and Breeders. they rocked Lollapalooza, Reading Festival, Roskilde Festival, Fuji Rock Festival, recorded sessions for John Peel and appeared on MTV’s ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ and wrote a song for The Powerpuff Girls .
More recently, Shonen Knife have: played Matt Groening’s curated ATP Festival, toured the UK, Continental Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, China and India, played Incubate, Le Guess Who? Handmade Festival The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, released the critically accailmed albums Supergroup, Freetime, Osaka Ramones, Poptune and Overdrive, recorded regular BBC6 Music sessions for Marc Riley and Gideon Coe and been sited as a trailblazing influence on many of today’s young female bands.

2016 will be the band’s 35th year of rock and will and with no signs of slowing down, Naoko continues to say: “Let’s Rock!”.


Shonen Knife 35th Anniversary Tour of UK & Eire

April 14th Thur Manchester – Ruby Lounge
April 15th Fri Prestatyn Pontin’s Holiday Centre- ATP 2.00  Stewart Lee Curates
April 16th Sat Birmingham – Oobleck
April 17th  Sun London – Dingwalls
April 19th Tue Falmouth – Princess Pavilion
April 20th Wed Southampton – Joiners
April 21 Thur Brighton – The Haunt
April 22 Fri Guildford – Boileroom
April 23 Sat Norwich – Arts Centre
April 24 Sun Colchester – Arts Centre
April 26 Tue  Leeds – Brudenell
April 27 Wed Newcastle – Gateshead Sage 2
April 28 Thur Edinburgh – Summerhall
April 29 Fri Glasgow – CCA
April 30 Sat Dublin – Whelans
May 2 Mon Cork – Crane Lane
May 4 Wed Liverpool –  Arts  Club
May 5 Thur Nottingham – Maze
May 6 Friday Leicester – Musician
May 7 Sat Bedford – Esquires
May 8 Sun Bristol – Fleece

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