Bootleg Theater & KXLU Present
Shonen Knife - 2017 USA Ramen Adventure
Winter, French Vanilla
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 18 and over
Shonen Knife, (meaning "Boy Knife" in Japanese) is an all-female Japanese pop punk band formed in Osaka, in 1981. Heavily influenced by 1960s girl groups, pop bands, The Beach Boys, and early punk rock bands, such as the Ramones, the trio crafts stripped-down songs with simplistic lyrics sung both in Japanese and English.
Despite their pop-oriented nature, the trio maintains a distinctly underground garage rock sound rooted in edgy instrumentation and D.I.Y. aesthetics, which over the course of their long career has earned them a solid, worldwide cult following and made avid fans out of seminal '90s alternative rock bands such as Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and Redd Kross. The band has been credited with making "the international pop underground more international" by "opening it up to bands from Japan". They have also performed as a Ramones tribute band under the name The Osaka Ramones and have recorded music for numerous films including the theme song to the popular "PowerPuff Girls" cartoon series.
Shonen Knife has toured worldwide playing their unique brand of rock, with extensive touring in the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Japan, China, Australia, Thailand, New Zealand and more, the band is always moving forward and growing as a band with each and every release. SK's 20th album release entitled "Overdrive" was released in spring of 2014 followed by a wildly succesful UK, European and Japanese Tour to support the new album. The band has recently completed a 2014 North American tour including their 1000th performance in St. Paul MN on 9/16/14 !
Winter is a breezy dose of sultry shoegaze and drippy dream pop whose sound was conceived in Boston. Beginning as a collaborative effort between Samira Winter and Nolan Eley, their first recordings culminated into the 2012 EP entitled Daydreaming. Following the release, Samira's relocation to Los Angeles brought on the recruit of additional members to create a band that would manifest her ultimate dreams.
The quartet released their first full-length album in cahoots with Los Angeles' Lolipop Records, earlier this year. The album - made from a coast-to-coast correspondence - features yet again a creative collaboration with Samira Winter (LA) and Nolan Eley (NY). The aptly titled Supreme Blue Dream floats on with a youthful sense of nostalgia and romanticized segues into adulthood. Touching on not one, but two languages (English and Portuguese), this bi-lingual group of dreamers do their part to lay us down softly while keeping listeners eager for each tune.
After their own month-long residency at The Echo for Supreme Blue Dream, and brushing shoulders on bills with acts like Luna, Iceage and Craft Spells, the group made themselves a home in the California scene while honing their distinct, east-coast brand of ethereal vocals layered over melodic guitars.
With Samira Winter at the helm, the live band features the talents of Matt Hogan (guitar), David Yorr (bass), and Garren Orr (drums) - a group whose passionate connection has flourished since the four were students together in Boston. Winter aspires to connect others with their inner child by making blissful, beautiful and ethereal pop music. They add love and positivity to the world as well as being positive role models for both boys and girls; especially those who are just starting to form their own musical opinions. Winter continues to tour the world and spread beauty and magic to people everywhere.
French Vanilla is a feminist art-punk band based in Los Angeles consisting of Max Albeck (drums), Ali Day (guitar/bass), Sally Spitz (vocals), and Daniel Trautfield (bass/sax). FV regulates the dance floor with vocal freneticism, punchy basslines, and dramatic sax. Half-driven by a desire to challenge the established SoCal music scene, dominated by a few influential (male) tastemakers, and half by a desire to engage with friends, FV started in LA's queer punk underground. Influenced by generations of feminist punks before them, the band believes in the supremely generative nature of women's and/or BFF's collaborating and they hope to spread this message until all dude-rock bands cease to exist. More than anything, FV wants you to have fun at their shows so they deliver performances with infectious energy and enthusiasm. Catch them playing at DIY spaces like Pehrspace and COOLWORLD PARTY LA, weird bars, or at Part-Time Punks. Say hi, they want to hang.