Shonen Knife have begun recording sessions for a new album, while also announcing a 21 date UK and Irish tour to mark their 35th anniversary.
The album sessions, which are taking place in their home city of Osaka, feature the return of original drummer Atsuko on bass guitar. She joins Naoko (vocals, guitar) and Risa (drums, vocals) for the new release, which is scheduled for late March.
The band have also announced that previous SK members Naru (bass) and Ritsuko (bass, guitar) will remain members of the SK family and will continue to participate when their schedules allow.
April 14th Manchester – Ruby Lounge
April 15th Prestatyn Pontin’s Holiday Centre- ATP 2.00 Stewart Lee Curates
April 16th Birmingham – Oobleck
April 17th London – Dingwalls
April 19th Falmouth – Princess Pavilion
April 20th Southampton – Joiners
April 21 Brighton – The Haunt
April 22 Guildford – Boileroom
April 23 Norwich – Arts Centre
April 24 Colchester – Arts Centre
April 26 Leeds – Brudenell
April 27 Newcastle – Gateshead Sage 2
April 28 Edinburgh – Summerhall
April 29 Glasgow – CCA
April 30 Dublin – Whelans
May 2 Cork – Crane Lane
May 4 Liverpool – Arts Club
May 5 Nottingham – Maze
May 6 Leicester – Musician
May 7 Bedford – Esquires
May 8 Bristol – Fleece