Kannana Speedcats (環七スピードキャッツ) are an all-female punk/garage band from Tokyo, Japan. The members are Lily Sunocoff (リリー・スノコフ) on vocals, TOMOKO “Marie” JETT (トモコ・マリー・ジェット) on guitar, Yoko Takebe (ベー/“Be”) on bass, and Natsuko (ナツコ・デ・ツイスト) on drums. They formed with the goal of becoming the Japanese-made Runaways and, in that, they have succeeded, mostly. They sound more like The Runaways meet The Stooges with a dash of the Ramones. Kannana Speedcats have released just one mini-album to date, but, apparently, they are still active. A Cat Has Seven Lives (2010) is book-ended with two pretty awesome tracks. The first track, “OK Boys”, kicks out an insanely infectious hook over a punky riff (and some cowbell!) as the band wears the influences I mentioned out loud. But, if you still doubt, listen to the last track, “Cherry Bomb”. Yeah, it’s a cover of the Runaways classic, and it sounds cool as Hell with Lily Sunocoff’s accent. In the middle, “Daughter of a Bitch” is driven by a riff that recalls Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s “Saturday Night Special” slowed down, with a smoking ’70s-ish lead solo from TOMOKO JETT. The other two tracks (“Take Me to the Game” and “Shujin X”) are good, too! More music, girls!
Watch Kannana Speedcats perfom “OK Boys” live here:
Watch them perform The Runaways‘ “Cherry Bomb” live here:
Watch them perform The Runaways‘ “American Nights” live here:
And, finally, watch them perform MC5‘s “Kick Out the Jams” here [Note: I don’t know who that 2nd guitarist is]:
2010 – A Cat Has Seven Lives [Mini-Album]