Special Guests to join Shonen Knife EU shows 2012

Shonen Knife will be joined by some very special guests on their upcoming tour! Check it out!


BMX Bandits – Oct 5th, Oran Mor – Glasgow
Formed by charming singer and leader Duglas T Stewart in 1986, the seminal Scottish band has been making music from 1986 to the present day, and has consisted of members from other Bellshill bands including Normal Blake of Teenage Fanclub, Frances McKee of The Vaselines, and Sean Dickson of The Soup Dragons. BMX Bandits had previously toured the UK with Shonen Knife back in 1992. Reuniting for the first time after 20 years, BMX Bandits will play a special set at Oran Mor on Oct 5th as very special guests indeed!


Johnny Foreigner – Oct 8th, Birmingham – Glee Club
Birmingham’s Indie-Rock/Distorto-Pop trio closed 2011 with tours of France and Japan, and kicked off 2012 with European and North American shows and the release of their third album, ‘Johnny Foreigner versus Everything’. When Johnny Foreigner travelled to Shonen Knife’s hometown of Osaka for a show, Shonen Knife were in attendance, and the two bands are fans of each other. Now Shonen Knife are set play a show in Johnny Foreigner’s hometown of Birmingham, the band join as special guests at the Glee Club on Oct 8th.


The Lovely Eggs – Oct 2nd, Manchester – Ruby Lounge & Oct 3rd, Nottingham, Glee Club
This indie duo first supported Shonen Knife in 2009. The Lovely Eggs have a fierce punk rock ethos that music should have no rules. For Holly and David being in a band is a way of life. True to this, they live the way they play. Fiercely, constantly in search of the good times. With observational and often surreal lyrics about life. The Lovely Eggs have a powerful stripped down sound: one vintage guitar amp, one Big Muff distortion pedal, a guitar and a drum kit. They live in the tributary of Lancaster but don’t mind swimming up stream.


September Girls – Oct 10th, Bristol – Fleece
September Girls are a five piece girl group hailing from Dublin City, playing fuzzy and reverb-soaked garage pop with heaps of harmonies layered underneath. They’ve been described as “sounds from a transistor radio abandoned in a rural cinema” and “radiant noise pop of the finest order, guitars distorted, verses simple and catchy and drums energetic”. The band made a splash at Indietracks this year and are ones to watch. They open for Shonen Knife this Oct 10th at The Fleece.


smallgang – Oct 4th – Oct 16th
Post-punk trio formed around half Japanese brothers Toshi and Simon Kobayashi, with drummer Matt Atkins (x-Huge Baby). They combine the best bits of smog, Dinosaur Jr, and Joy Division, and are much loved by BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe. Previously a quartet, the has reduced in size, but not in sound. The trio will be opening for Shonen Knife on their UK & Irish dates from Oct 4th.