Sticking the Knife in

Shonen Knife
Shonen Knife

Incredibly, Shonen Knife have been music making for close to 33 years.

The female cult trio went from decidedly humble DIY beginnings in Osaka to touring with Nirvana on their Nevermind tour.

That’s quite a journey, and the girls – Naoko, Ritsuko and Emi – aren’t done yet.

A new album, Overdrive, is fresh to the racks and they are midway through a pretty comprehensive tour of the UK and Ireland, which brings them to The Craufurd Arms on Saturday night.

Kurt Cobain saw them live in Los Angeles and apparently said: “When I got to see them live, I was transformed into a hysterical nine-year-old girl at a Beatles concert.”

He invited them to join his touring party for UK dates, and Naoko taught Kurt how to play their track Twist Barbie, which Nirvana later covered live.

It’s a cool tale, but then Shonen Knife have more than a few such stories to share after such a long time at play, and they remain one of the most influential and beloved of Japanese rock exports.

With a body of work 20 albums long, the set list will be an interesting one, but what about the performance?

You can expect the usual show from the girls – a maelstrom of punk, pop rock and metal hits, coated with quirky, life-affirming charm.

If you want to see stamina at work, go see these girls at play. Nearly one thousand gigs deep into a career more than three decades long and they are still hungry for the music.

Tickets are on sale at £10.

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This date is part of the Catastrophe Ballet 30th Anniversary tour, which will then set sail for Italy.

Tickets are on sale at £8, doors at 7.30pm.