Local Wire

Melt-Banana Lite

Don't let the name Melt-Banana Lite fool you. Even if they tried to interpret Ella Fitzgerald standards or the latest ditty by Richard Marx, it would still be wrecked. The forever-touring Japanese noise-rock band, which last posted up in the Phoenix area in December 2007, will bring a slightly modified sound to town. The M-B Lite incarnation subtracts the abrasive guitars from the effed-up drum passages and Yasuko Onuki's piercing vocal work but adds samplers and synths that will certainly be just as seizure-inducing. But the new instrumentation may not even be the biggest concern. As is usually the case for Melt-Banana buffs, the drummer determines how crazy-awesome the set will be, and the 17-year-old band doesn't have an official stickman in its lineup. (At press time, the man behind the kit remained undetermined.)
KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Steve Jansen
Contact: Steve Jansen