Montag, 24. Mai 2010 um 19:30 Uhr
275 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9NL, United Kingdom
Screaming Tea Party
+ Special Guests TBA
Advance Tickets £10 via these links
“When I finally got to see them live, I was transformed into a hysterical nine-year-old girl at a Beatles concert.” Kurt Cobain
The groundbreaking all-female Japanese pop-punk trio formed in Osaka in 1981,when Naoko Yamano first heard The Ramones.
Inspired, the band crafted their own idiosyncratic songs, fashioned brightly coloured outfits and DIY albums on tape. In 1985 ‘K Records’ released ‘Burning Farm’ in the US. Deals with Sub Pop and various Majors followed.
1989 saw the crème of the alt. rock scene (including L7, Babes In Toyland and Redd Kross) covering their favorite Shonen Knife songs on the tribute album Every Band Has A Shonen Knife Who Loves Them.
They toured with Nirvana (on the Nevermind tour), The Breeders, Sonic Youth, and as part of Lollapalooza. They recorded sessions for John Peel, appeared on MTV’s Beavis and Butthead, and wrote ‘Buttercup (I’m a Supergirl)’ for ‘The Powerpuff Girls’ Cartoon.
Shonen Knife were the first and most influential Japanese act to break through to the west. Almost 30 years on, a few line-up changes and 15 albums later, they’re still as super-punkpop rockin and fun as ever.
The UK version of ‘Super Group’ was released on Damnably this year.
“Objectively, it could be pointed out that they can only play in a rudimentary fashion, that their songs are ludicrously simple and that they are not doing anything new. Objectivity can fuck right off, because Shonen Knife are brilliant” Artrocker
Damnably002 – SUPER GROUP (UK vers)
The UK release of Shonen Knife’s SUPER GROUP, featuring exclusive new artwork and 3 bonus live tracks recorded during the bands triumphant return to the UK at The Windmill in London. buy now via http://www.damnably.com/shop/
Screaming Tea Party
2 thirds Japanese indie punk/psychedelic rock trio from London are signed to Stolen records and were featured on the FM tv series.
"Complex in their simplicity and a nexus of electricity reminiscent of Sonic Youth having sex with a bulldozer".Drowned In Sound
"Screaming Tea Party are a band you're gonna think you discovered when you were 13. They pack in snippets of every record you've ever owned, and sound like a sloppy first kiss that precedes a punch in the teeth, without sounding dated or cliched"Dazed & Confused
Recent signings to Damnably and one of London's most exciting bands. Formed in 05', and fronted by half-Japanese siblings Simon and Toshi Kobayashi and backed by the rhythm section of Matt and Ruth Atkins, Smallgang are tightly knit and tightly wound, distilling an eclectic mix of influences through a restless and inquisitive mindset that sets them apart from much of today's 'indie' scene.
Sounding something like Johnny Cash fronting Sonic Youth or Smog's Bill Callahan holding his own in front of Dinosaur Jr.
"Smallgang have pop sensibilities with a forlorn twist. If you're a regular All Tomorrows Parties punter then this slice of melancholy pop is for you" Artrocker
“... odd mash up of Pavement, Kings Of Leon and Smog esque vocals. Sounds crazy but it does work.” Norman Records
Are George- Radio 6/Resonance FM featured East London born, X-Lazarus Clamp bassist and Rama-X Slowcore drummer from East Seoul playing their first show together in 3 years.
Chiara Meattelli from More bad times will also play with the band.
“A genre defying intelligent edgy song smith that producing the kind of mortally sad, black humoured alt. folk that reminiscent of Lambchop, Mountain Goats and on occasion Shellac.” Silver Rocket
They've shared stages with Moon Mama (Pikachu Afrirampo), Steve Malkmus, Chris Brokaw, Julie Doiron, Thee More Shallows, Mick Turner (Dirty Three), and David Grubbs.
"like (smog) on holiday in shellac" Drowned in Sound
"a gentleman blessed with an imposing baritone halfway between Bill Callahan and Absentee." The Line of Best Fit