Shonen Knife Announce 'Pop Tune' LP, North American Tour

Shonen Knife Announce 'Pop Tune' LP, North American Tour
Japanese punk trio Shonen Knife last left us with their tributary Osaka Ramones: Tribute to the Ramones, but the long-running outfit will get back to their own sugar-spiked jams on the forthcoming Pop Tune album. Good Charamel will deliver the ten-song outing on June 6.

According to a press release, the collection was tracked earlier this year after the group finished their world tour behind Osaka Ramones. Guitarist/founder Naoko Yamano will handle vocal duties for the bulk of the set, but bassist Ritsuko Taneda takes over the mic on "Sunshine" and drummer Emi Morimoto sings "Psychedelic Life." Album track "Osaka Rock City" will get an extra push, as it will serve as the theme song for the upcoming Japanese film Soul Flower Train.

You can sample the title track in a teaser clip down below, which also serves to promote Shonen Knife's next batch of North American dates. The trip travels around the U.S. throughout July and August, but the band will close out the jaunt at Toronto's Quadrangle on August 22. Chicago garage duo White Mystery will join Shonen Knife on several dates. You can check the details at the bottom of the page.

Pop Tune:

1. Welcome To The Rock Club

2. Pop Tune

3. Osaka Rock City (theme song for Soul Flower Train)

4. All You Can Eat

5. Paper Clip

6. Psychedelic Life

7. Mr. J

8. Ghost Train

9. Sunshine

10. Move On

Tour dates:

7/19 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's*
7/20 Asbury Park, NJ -Asbury Lanes*
  7/21 Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House*
7/22 Hoboken, NJ - Maxwells*
7/24 Providence, RI - Providence Social Club*
7/25 Portland, ME - Space Gallery*
7/26 Allston, MA - Great Scotts*
7/27 Rochester, NY -Bug Jar*
7/28 Long Lake, NY – Mt. Sabattis Pavillion*
7/29 Bethlehem, PA - Levitt Pavillion Steelstacks*
7/30 Detroit, MI - Lager House -*
7/31 Great Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme*
8/2 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle*
8/4 Minneapolis, MN - The Entry
8/5 Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
8/8 Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
8/9 Portland, OR - Dante's
8/10 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
8/11 San Jose, CA - Blank Club
8/14 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
8/16 Austin, TX - Red 7
8/17 Dallas, TX - Club Dada
  8/18 Little Rock, AR - Stickyz Rock'n'Roll Chicken
8/19 Nashville, TN - Exit / In*
8/20 Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre*
8/21 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom*
8/22 Toronto, ON - The Quadrangle

 * with White Mystery