Catch Melt-Banana’s perky madness at the Neurolux

mdeeds@idahostatesman.comOctober 18, 2013 

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Frenetic. Insane. Totally Japanese. High-speed noise-rock act Melt-Banana is a jaw-dropping listening experience.

  • MELT-BANANA

    7 p.m. Oct. 19, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise. $13. TicketWeb. $15 at the door. Opening: Kinski, Deep Creeps.

Frenetic. Insane. Totally Japanese. High-speed noise-rock act Melt-Banana is a jaw-dropping listening experience.

Guitarist Ichirou Agata’s whirs, beeps, slides and power chords feel like R2-D2 violently short-circuiting. Vocalist Yasuko Onuki’s chirpy shrieks are spastic and shrill.

Melt-Banana’s musical dynamics then get shoved into a food processor, pureed and distributed as a sonic smoothie splattered all over the walls. The two-decade-old band’s 200-mile-per-hour, pop-injected songs are sort of terrifying yet ... adorable. Call it Hello Kitty punk.

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