ALBUM REVIEW: Shonen Knife (8/10)

Our Best Place

Good Charamel Records

Producers: Naoko and Atsushi Shibato

Female Japanese trio Shonen Knife made quite a splash in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, delivering their exuberant and joyous take on Ramones, Buzzcocks and
Bangles-y garage stylings with an almost childlike style, making them instantly appealing to punk rockers of every stripe. Do we still need a Shonen Knife roughly 30 years later? The answer is a resounding YES. The girls (or is it ladies!) are still belting out songs about food, beautiful days, and various creatures, with aplomb. Best punk song of the year: “Ocean Sunfish!” – David Arnson