Soukouss Internationale – Congolese guitar beats with dance show
Since their humble DIY beginnings in late 1981, Osaka, Japan’s Shonen Knife have been building a faithful following of rock enthusiasts and alternative rock elite, their relentless journey securing the band’s place as one of the pioneer ambassadors of Japanese rock music and culture on the international stage. The rock and roll dreams of three girls blossomed into a reality and the trio continues now into its 36th year of international touring and recording with their 16th release Adventure recorded on Osaka in late 2015. The band features original members (and sisters) Naoko on Vocals and Guitar, Atsuko on Bass and Vocals and introduces their newest member, Risa, on drums and vocals. Naoko describes the “Adventure” album as Shonen Knife “passing through the 70’s”, born of influences such as Black Sabbath , Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest and The Ramones with a touch of The Supremes,” all presented through the lens of SK’s charismatic pop, sunshine filled fantasy world.
Latest album Adventure features 10 new songs such as “Wasabi,” a rocking ode to the spicy Japanese condiment, “Hawaii,” a melancholy plea for a sunny holiday on a tropical island as well as the first single, the riff rock gem, “Jump into the New World”. The band has done continuous worldwide touring since the late 80’s, sharing the stage with bands such as Nirvana, Redd Kross and Sonic Youth with performances at London’s All Tomorrow’s Festival, Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest, Fuji Rock Festival in Japan and the Lollapalooza Festival.
ORB have respawned from last year’s Birth with a further mutated slab of paranoid heavy metal, ‘Naturality’, out 6 October, 2017 on Flightless Records (AUS) & Castle Face Records (USA). They bring the dread with a kinetic muscularity and a pleasantly evolving synthetic strangeness, as if having eaten the wrong part of the garden, familiar things start to seem less so. The effects of these spores on your modern brain, already clogged with a steady drip of zips and zooms, are freshly heard and confusing. ORB are young and fleet-fingered, and certainly know their way around a riff, but they bring everything into an almost alien clarity both blunted and futuristic. ORB, you see, have ripened quite radically, and Naturality finds them sprouting new appendages and clawing at their enclosures. This is potent stuff, be careful. Listen to the first single, “You Are Right” now.
Quang Dinh has been playing in Melbourne bands since the very start. He’s been in strict isolation for the past twelve months, holed up in his Pink Slime studios dreaming up Moonlover’s debut record entitled, ‘Thou Shall Be Free’, to be released soon. Prophetically, he is now free and available to party on earth. He sings in a thousand voices of love, the moon and the madness of dreams.