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Melt Banana

  • Doors open at 19:30
  • 18+

During her studies at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, vocalist Yasuko Onuki formed the band Mizu in 1991 and later enlisted the services of guitarist Ichirou Agata. The two began honing their skills as a duo before the arrival of drummer Sudoh Toshiaki. Three years later with the name changed to Melt-Banana, the band signed with the British label Chocolate Monk and issued their debut cassette album “Cactuses Come in Flocks”. Due to the success of the release, Melt-Banana subsequently signed with Skin Graft on which the band released the albums “Speak Squeak Creak” and “Scratch or Stitch”. The records proved popular in the U.S. and the UK despite performing poorly in Japan, aided by the mysterious noise-rock, almost cult aesthetic of Melt-Banana.

The band’s full-length “Charlie” arrived in October 1998, originally released on their own label A-Zap. Live recorded in the studio, Melt-Banana’s subsequent album “MxBx 1998/13,000 Miles at Light Velocity” was recorded for John Zorn’s label Tzadik Records. Following the release, the band toured in support of the Melvins, having previously toured alongside Jim O’Rourke and Zeni Geva in 1994 and Mr. Bungle in 1995. The studio album “Teeny Shiny” appeared in 2000 following in a similar vein to “Charlie” and is still marked by the group’s lo-fi affiliation.

Three years later, with the departure of drummer Sudoh, Melt-Banana issued the studio album “Cell-Scape”, another shuddering release. A compilation of EPs and split releases arrived in 2005 entitled “13 Hedgehogs”, featuring a whopping 56 tracks. Following which, Melt-Banana returned to the studio to record and subsequently released “Bambi’s Dilemma” marked by its unusually hi-fi sound. At various times in their career Melt-Banana would perform as Melt-Banana Lite, which would see the group swap fuzzy guitars for samplers and synths. In November 2009 the band released the live album “Melt-Banana Lite Live Ver 0.0” which was their first to be release with the alternative setup. The full-length “Fetch” was released in 2013, a highly-charged and impassioned punk-rock record, followed by the anthological compilation “Return of 13 Hedgehogs” in 2015.

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