Damnably March News Slaughter

Hello everyone,

We hope this finds you all well and with a spring in your step. Here’s the latest news from Damnably of London.

Damnably Releases


‘Overdrive’ is the 20th album from Shonen Knife and features ten all new and original songs, chief songwriter and founding member Naoko takes on sounds of the golden years of Rock’n’Roll, inspiring an album of warm, overdriven, abrasive guitars, doubled harmonic solos, dissonant power chords, menacing bass and thunderous drum rolls. It’s the sound of 1970’s rock and hard rock reminiscent of Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Bad Company & Deep Purple, and the band’s usual dose of life-affirming charm! The European version features special lime green and purple artwork by Masahiko Ohno (Solmania).

Pre-Order ‘Overdrive’ on CD and/or Vinyl with a free Poster as designed by Janice Damnably
*please note the album is also released on CD (not Vinyl) in Japan by P-Vine, America by Good Charamel and Australia by Valve .
Please support your nearest label, as it’s they who will be helping the band to tour where you live.


4/5 The List “hard to resist”
8/10 With Guitars “there is something simplistic, moreish and totally beguiling still about ‘Overdrive’ and the wonderful Shonen Knife.”



Attica! is the 5th album from Cincinnati’s Wussy, and the first to be released in the UK following the 2012 compilation Buckeye. These 11 new tracks were recorded at John Curley’s (Afghan Whigs) Ultrasuede Studios, and mastered by Dave Davis at QCA, both of Cincinnati, Ohio. 2012 marked the first excursion outside of the US for Wussy’s Chuck Cleaver and Lisa Walker, and Attica! is partly drawn from their experiences. Former Ass Ponys guitarist John Erhardt joins the band as a fifth member on pedal steel, and the album as a whole sees Wussy incorporate new instrumentation including piano, organ, harmonium, synth, mellotron and e-bow. This, together with guests on Cello & Theremin, adds a greater range and depth to their sound.

Listen to ‘Teenage Wasteland’ from ‘Attica!’


London’s smallgang release their new album san (三) on Damnably, June 2nd.
Twelve songs written equally between brothers Simon and Toshi Kobayashi, and arranged as a group.
Recorded at One Cat Studio by Jon Clayton and Mastered by Matthew Barnhart at Chicago Mastering Service.
Guest appearances from friends Gill Sandell (Emily Baker and the Red Clay Halo), Jen Macro (Something Beginning With L, My Bloody Valentine),
Ritsuko Taneda (Shonen Knife) and Jon Fine (Bitch Magnet) add subtle nuances and add a welcome dimension to the brothers’ lead baritones.

Listen to ‘Dust’ from ‘san’ (三)
Pre-Order ‘san’ (三)

Damnably Tours

Shonen Knife recently announced the new stage costume as
designed & made by original drummer-bassist Atsuko and Photographed by Akira Shibata.
Their UK/Ireland tour begins on April 30th in Manchester and tickets are on sale now!

ShonenKnife_Black_140302_photocredit_Akira Shibata

Shonen Knife ‘Overdrive’ European Tour Dates

Apr 30 : Manchester – Ruby Lounge (Buy Tickets) w/ smallgang + Good Grief
May 1 : Leeds – Brudenell Social Club (Buy Tickets) w/ smallgang + Esper Scout
May 3 : Leicester – Handmade Festival (Buy Tickets) w/ Former Utopia + Katie Malco, Echolocation, Dry The River
May 4: Coventry – The Tin at the Coal Vaults (Buy Tickets)  w/ smallgang + Former Utopia
May 6 : Dublin – Whelans (Buy Tickets)
May 7 : Limerick – Dolans (Buy Tickets)
May 8 : Cork – Crane Lane Theatre
May 9 : Belfast – Cathedral Quarter Festival w/ Wilko Johnson, Handsome Family, Selector
May 10 : Glasgow – CCA (Buy Ticket) w/ smallgang + Teencanteen
May 11 : Edinburgh – Electric Circus (Buy Tickets) w/ smallgang + Spook School
May 12 : Newcastle – Cluny (Buy Tickets) w/ smallgang
May 14 : Bristol – The Fleece (Buy Tickets) w/ smallgang + Former Utopia
May 15 : Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach (Buy Tickets) w/ smallgang + Former Utopia
May 16 : Brighton – Sticky Mikes Frog Bar (Buy Tickets) w/ smallgang + Former Utopia
May 17 : Milton Keynes – The Craufurd Arms(Buy Tickets)  w/ smallgang
May 18 : London – Dingwalls (Buy Ticketsw/ smallgang + Former Utopia
May 22:  Frankfurt Zoom, DE (Buy Tickets)
May 24: Utrecht – Le Guess Who?  NL w/ Neutral Milk Hotel + many more
May 28: Linköping – LÓrient, SE (Buy Tickets)
May 29: Oslo – Revolver, NO (Buy Tickets)
May 30: Aalborg – Studenterhuset, DK (Buy Tickets)
May 31: Copenhagen – KB18 kødboderneDK (Buy Tickets)
June 6: Krefeld – KuFa,  DE (Buy Tickets)


***Shonen Knife fans! We need your help for an upcoming music video!***
As you know, we love CATS! They are cute, they are silly, they are sometimes nice, they are sometime scary! Whatever their mood is, they always have personality!
Do you, your friends, or your family have a cat? If so, please send us a 15 second video for a chance for your special Cat friend to appear in our next video! Click the website link for more details!


Joel RL Phelps & The Downer Trio


Joel RL Phelps & The Downer Trio have been announced for Incubate Festival 2014 in Tilburg, Netherlands.
The band will be touring the UK and Europe with these dates below announced and more coming shortly.
Sept 12 (fri) Sebright Arms, London. UK w/ Zebra Hunt/Lazarus Clamp/Former Utopia (Buy Tickets)
Sept 17 (wed) Forum, Bielfield. DE
Sept 20 (sat) db’s, Utrecht NL (Buy Tickets)
Sept 21 (sun)Incubate Festival, Tilburg. NL (Buy Tickets) 
w/ Wovenhand, RAUM, 65 days Of Static

Watch a new video of Joel captured live in Vancouver
to Joel interviewed by Vish Khanna on Kreative Kontrol
See Pictures of Joel & The Downer Trio/Quartet


Other News
the new video of Chris Brokaw’s – “California”, from the album ‘Gambler’s Ecstasy’ (12XU/Damnably) Directed by filmmaker Roddy Bogawa.
Chris Brokaw has recorded another album with Geoff Farina and they are set to mix that soon.
Geoff Farina named his new Electric Rock band ‘Exit Verse’ and more on them later.
Listen to ‘Make Me A Pallet’ by Chris & Geoff from the 2010 album ‘The Angel’s Message to Me’.
Watch Geoff Farina live in Berlin at the start of the year playing As You Are Right & Small Fires.
Watch ‘Crab Boy’ The story of a naked circus freak as made by Aaron from American Werewolf Academy on a Bolex camera.


Damnably Radio #75  is due for next week-tune in for the latest great music and exclusives.

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