It’s time to ring in the new year in an exciting way, so why not do it by listening to some new music? We’ve actually been meaning to show you this group, as they have been on our radar for a while now. Shonen Knife is a Japanese alternative-pop all-girl band that started performing shows in 1982 and has set the Japanese Pop-Punk scene ablaze since then. They have had their fair share of members throughout the years, with current members Naoko, and Atusko Yamono, as well as Risa Kawano. And what do you know, the group is set to release a new album, Our Best Place, on February 15, 2023.
Our Best Place is said to be going back to the band’s roots, as they’re returning with their quirky Pop-Punk style. We are very excited about this, especially since their first four albums were some of our faves, as well as the favorites of some of our faves, such as Nirvana and Sonic Youth. So we think now is the best time to get into the group. We thought we would do you a favor and give you some of our favorite Shonen Knife tracks, that you absolutely need to add to your playlists, as well as one word on why you’d like them. Plus, it’s a great way to spend your time as you’re waiting for the new album. So anyways, here we go!
‘Mass Communication Break Down’
‘A Map Master’
Cheating here, but: ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’
‘Like A Cat’
That last one should be a big selling point, not only on why you should check out the track but Shonen Knife and their upcoming album as a whole.
Our Best Place Tracklist
- ‘MUJINTO Rock’
- ‘Nice Day’
- ‘The Story of Baumkuchen’
- ‘Vamos Taquitos’
- ‘Spicy Veggie Curry’
- ‘Girl’s Rock (2023 Version)’
- ‘Afternoon Tea’
- ‘Ocean Sunfish’
- ‘Just a Smile’
CD only bonus tracks: ‘Nice Day (60’s Mix),’ and ‘The Story of Baumkuchen (Japanese Version – “Baumkuchen no Hanashi”)‘ 13. Girl’s Rock (2023 Japanese Version)’
We really can’t wait to hear some new Shonen Knife tracks and are most excited for the tracks ‘Vamos Taquitos’ and ‘Just a Smile.’ Just with the title alone, we know we’re in for a ride. So, are y’all excited about Shonen Knife’s upcoming album Our Best Place? Which Shonen Knife track is your favorite? Let us know in the comments down below, on our Twitter @thehoneypop, or talk to us on Facebook and Instagram!
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