Shonen Knife Return With 2012 UK Tour and Album

Osaka’s famed pop punk trio Shonen Knife return from their 30th anniversary celebrations with a brand new album and UK tour! Pop Tune, the girls’ 18th album, sees a return to the bands signature combinations of pin sharp punk-pop, 60’s girl group inspired harmonies, upbeat melodies and all-round, cheer inducing irreverence. The UK version of the album features exclusive artwork by Mami Saitou and is available now physically or digitally from, as well as on iTunes.

The girls have also announced a 13-date UK tour to accompany the album – including a return of their alter-ego, The Osaka Ramones! Tickets go on sale from Friday 15 June.

1st Oct – Cargo, London (Osaka Ramones show)
2nd Oct – Ruby Lounge, Manchester (Marc Riley BBC 6Music Live session)
3rd Oct – Glee Club, Nottingham
4th Oct – Cluny, Newcastle
5th Oct – Oran Mor, Glasgow
7th Oct – The Musician, Leicester
8th Oct – Glee Club, Birmingham
9th Oct – Bogiez, Cardiff
10th Oct – The Fleece, Bristol
12th Oct – Crane Lane Theatre, Cork, Ireland
13th Oct – Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland
14th Oct – Black Box, Belfast, Northern Ireland
15th Oct – Waterfront, Norwich

Here’s the PV from the album’s title track, Pop Tune.


About Tom Smith
Some say he's fuelled on nothing but energy drinks, and that when he visits Japan, he spends the whole time engaging the ground in an all too familiar way. But what we do know is that his words on the country's entertainment and culture find their way into NEO Magazine on a monthly basis, while everything else finds its way here. Be it quirky news item from the Land of the Rising Sun, or a story so gruesome it'd be rude not to pass it on, you'll find it here along with his general posts about life, work and most importantly play. And yes, he has had articles printed in the likes of MCV, GamesMaster, 360 Gamer and more, thanks for noticing.

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