Shonen Knife

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Posted December 6, 2007 in

Japan’s Shonen Knife has always appeared as the fulcrum in the seesaw of notable, gnarly and moderately perplexing female-fronted rock acts hailing from the other edge of the Pacific. On one side, you’ve got Melt Banana, who slam through the speakers as mind-numbingly eccentric, experimental and exciting to the point that you’re on an aural overload. And at the other end lies the 5.6.7.8.s, who are so firmly entrenched in their glucose-laden garage-pop roots, you’re left wondering if you could be flung into a diabetic coma from a mere quick spin of their strummin’ ‘n’ hummin’ tracks. Shonen Knife enter as the more grounded, more mature ensemble (now in their third decade), cooking up a brew of  ’90s alterna-pop with a decidedly current underground edge. Even Kurt Cobain was intrigued with the fantastic act, enough so to have them open several dates for Nirvana. However, “Tomato Head” from 1994’s Rock Animals full-length was where most Americans got their first video glimpse of the Osaka-based trio, and after a few, repeated careful listens, we all kind of scratched our heads upon hearing the vocalist plead with refrains of “I want, I want, I want to be like tomato head!” Notable, gnarly and moderately perplexing indeed. (Waleed Rashidi)

Shonen Knife, The Juliet Dagger, Venus Infers and Japanese Motors at The Glass House, 200 W. Second Street, Pomona, (909) 865-3802; Doors at 7pm, tickets $13 advance, $15 at the door


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