LOS ANGELES, CA – September 2010 - Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, the original girl-guitar company, is honored to announce its sponsorship of the legendary Japanese pop-punk icons, Shonen Knife’s current North American tour. Despite their pop-oriented nature, the trio maintains a distinctly undergroundgarage rock sound, rooted in edgy instrumentation and D.I.Y. aesthetics.
When the band first started nearly 3 decades ago, they were something of an anomaly. They were coming in the scene at a time where all-female bands were quite rare. Shonen Knife is unique in the sense that they drew influence from the 1970s punk rock/new wave bands such as The Ramones and Buzzcocks, all while ignoring the then-rising “J-Pop” movement in their native Japan. The trio began crafting energetic rock songs rooted in rough instrumentation and do-it-yourself ethos. However, unlike traditional rebellious punk rockers, the trio emphasized positivity, using catchy, upbeat melodies and frivolous, carefree lyrics that often touched on sweets and animals.
Towards the end of their first decade as a band, Shonen Knife would earn recognition by members of the up-and-coming “alternative-rock” scene. After having a single featured on a Sub Pop compilation, they began receiving lucrative offers from several U.S. labels. By this time, many alternative-rock groups had already begun citing Shonen Knife as a favorite of theirs, thus resulting in the true D.I.Y. word-of-mouth fashion. This created significant exposure for the band, and in the decades since, has earned them a worldwide cult following. Making avid fans out of seminal '90s alternative acts such as Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and Redd Kross.
Supporting the release of their latest album Free Time, fans can check out Naoko (Vocals / Guitars) rockin’ a Rebel Rockit Supernova "Astral Blue" and Ritsuko (Bass / Vocals) playing the Rock Candy Bass "Atomic Pink" during their tour. Fans might also have a chance to win one of several Debutante Star or Heartbreaker models signed by the band. See below for dates:
09/08 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
09/09 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
09/10 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
09/11 Oakland, CA @ Uptown Night Club
09/12 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
09/13 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
09/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
09/17 Austin, TX @ Red 7
09/18 Dallas, TX @ The Loft
09/19 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
09/20 Northfield, MN @ The Cave
09/21 Chicago, IL @ Schubas
09/22 Kalamazoo, MI @ The Strutt
09/23 Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Festival
09/24 Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St. Pub
09/25 New York, NY @ Asia Society Museum
09/26 Washington, D.C. @ Rock and Roll Hotel
09/28 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
09/30 Montreal, QC @ Cabaret du Mile End
10/01 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
10/02 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
Daisy Rock Girl Guitars offers a complete line of quality girl guitars designed to look and sound great, and to fit the female form. For more info and to find a dealer near you, visit daisyrock.com now!
ABOUT DAISY ROCK GIRL GUITARS
Daisy Rock Girl Guitars is the original girl guitar company dedicated to successfully supplying and marketing professional quality guitars for females of all ages. All Daisy Rock guitars are designed specifically for the female form and feature lightweight bodies, “Slim & Narrow” neck profiles to better fit smaller hands, and are available in inspiring finishes. Daisy Rock Girl Guitars is comprised of two extensive product catalogs. "DEBUTANTE by Daisy Rock" is a line of beginner guitars that consists of Daisy, Butterfly, Heartbreaker, Star, and other models—geared specifically for younger tween/teen rockers. "DAISY ROCK" is a line of professional guitars and basses consisting of full-scale models like the Rock Candy, Stardust, and Siren series. Daisy Rock Girl Guitars’ ongoing mission is to do whatever it takes to help girls play guitar and enjoy music.
Daisy Rock Girl Guitars is led by its Founder and President, Tish Ciravolo. Ciravolo is a highly acclaimed expert on female empowerment and females in music. Tish’s expertise has been immortalized by her induction into the Museum of Making Music, the world’s premier museum showcasing the history of the music products industry, and she is widely regarded as a visionary in the industry. Ciravolo’s deep insight into the subject of girl guitars and female empowerment has made her a sought after and frequent contributor on national and international television, newspapers, magazines, websites, and radio programs including People, Time, Newsweek, CNN, ABC, NBC, FOX, VH1, the Premier Radio Network, BBC Radio, and the Associated Press. Daisy Rock Girl Guitars is in over 25 countries worldwide, and is co-owned and distributed by Alfred Music Publishing.