While checking out the local club scene about upcoming acts online this past Tuesday I noticed that the legendary Japanese rock trio Shonen Knife was coming to HiFi Central’s stomping ground of Albany, NY. The venue is Valentine’s which is a shoe-box of a club normally associated with local hardcore and rock acts that I often choose to overlook on a regular basis; however though, at times they have had some national acts roll through worth checking out. The last band that I wished I had known about was the California rock group Dada; one of the best nationally unknown rock bands to come out the 1990’s. It would have truly been pretty incredible to see them that close and personal, bummer I missed it.
So, after missing that show I’ve checked the listing from time to time just to see who may be randomly doing a one-night stand. Well, clearly the waiting and random checking of their site has been well worth the effort since Shonen Knife will be dropping by on Sunday, November 20th (18+ show). Shonen Knife has been around since 1981; the only remaining member making Shonen Knife still Shonen Knife is lead singer and guitarist Naoko Yamano. The remaining founding members Atsuko Yamano (Naoko’s sister) and Michie Nakatani left the band to pursue other interests, but the replacements for these members have held their own over the course of the last decade never losing the true Shonen Knife sound.
Over the course of the past 20 years the band has released 19 albums and toured with the likes of Sonic Youth, Fugazi, Mudhoney, and perhaps the coolest bragging right, Nirvana. The band has appeared on the BBC with famed rock radio host John Peel, performed on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and has been featured on MTV’s 12o Minutes. The band was a featured act on 1994’s Lollapalooza tour as well. So, even though they have not reached the heights of fame since their decade long run in the 1990’s, they still have a loyal following and are anything but a goofy band hanging on to remnants of fame.
HiFi is heading to this show with great anticipation; I would not be surprised if it might be the last chance for you to see them in the US for some while. This tour is supporting a Ramones tribute album entitled “Osaka Ramones” released this past July, so I’m sure that it should be a fun and unique show! Get your tickets soon since it will be sold out, especially since Valentine’s only holds about 50 patrons; and be sure sure to bring your earplugs!
HiFi will provide a full review of this show, so check back.
You can check more out about the Valentines show by clicking here.
You can check out some samples of Shonen Knife’s “Osaka Ramones” by clicking here.