October 6, 2016
All photos by Raymond Ahner.
Out on the road to celebrate their 35th anniversary, Osaka Japan’s Shonen Knife pulled into the DNA Lounge in San Francisco recently and delivered a 17 song set of pop-punk that sounded just as good now as it did 30 plus years ago. And judging from the smiles of the fans who packed the venue, everyone seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves, just like the band.
With a discography of over twenty records under their collective belts, a Shonen Knife setlist may be hard to curate, but founding members and sisters Naoko (vocals/guitars) and Atsuko (bass) along with their new drummer Risa wasted no time as they delivered some of their most well known songs, including “Buttercup (I’m a Supergirl),” “Bear Up Bison,” “Twist Barbie,” and “Riding on the Rocket.” They all were clearly enjoying themselves and their energy proved to be quite infectious, as the crowd started pogoing during the encore “E.S.P.”
Shonen Knife continue their tour across the states until November 10th, and are definitely not to be missed as they come through your town.
Dirty Ghosts and Control Freaks opened for Shonen Knife.
Check out this slide show of photos by Raymond Ahner of Shonen Knife and the openers:
Setlist: Pop Tune | Twist Barbie | Bear Up Bison | Jump into the New World | Rock’n’roll T-Shirt | Green Tangerine | Wasabi | Capybara | Whatever | Ghost Train | Loop Di Loop | Like A Cat | Bad Luck Song | Concrete Animals | Riding on the Rocket | Buttercup (I’m A Super Girl) || E.S.P.
For more information on Shonen Knife, check out their website.