Frenetic. Insane. Totally Japanese. High-speed noise-rock act Melt-Banana is a jaw-dropping listening experience.
Guitarist Ichirou Agatas whirs, beeps, slides and power chords feel like R2-D2 violently short-circuiting. Vocalist Yasuko Onukis chirpy shrieks are spastic and shrill.
Melt-Bananas 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 bands 200-mile-per-hour, pop-injected songs are sort of terrifying yet ... adorable. Call it Hello Kitty punk.