Melt-Banana

Also known as Melt Banana, Meltbanana
Members of Melt-Banana: Agata (2), Oshima Watchma, Rika Mm', Sudoh Toshiaki, Yasuko Onuki
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.melt-banana.net/, http://www.myspace.com/azap, http://twitter.com/melt_banana, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Melt-Banana/192954987398661

Discography of Melt-Banana:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Most Wanted World Wide 2 Audio 1997
2 Split 7 Audio 2002-01-00 Gold Standard Laboratories
3 666 3 Audio 2002-09-01 Level Plane Records
4 MXBX 1998: 13,000 Miles At Light Velocity 26 Audio 1999 Tzadik
5 It's In The Pillcase 3 Audio 1995
6 Charlie 14 Audio 1998 A-Zap Records
7 Charlie 15 Audio 1998 A-Zap Records
8 Cell-Scape 10 Audio 2003-06-00 A-Zap Records
9 Tintarella Di Luna / 4 Scheletri Ballano Il Tango Della Morte 2 Audio 2002 Valium Records
10 13 Hedgehogs (MxBx Singles 1994-1999) 69 Audio 2005 A-Zap Records
11 Cell Scape 10 Audio 2003 A-Zap Records
12 Split 7" 6 Audio 2003
13 Scratch Or Stitch 22 Audio 1996-05-21
14 Split 2 Audio 2005-09-00 Unhip Records
15 Split 2 Audio 2005-09-00 Unhip Records
16 Cactuses Come In Flocks 32 Audio 1999 A-Zap Records
17 Quick Quick Slow Death 7 Audio 2005 Sounds Of Subterrania
18 Erase Yer Head # 9 4 Audio 1999 Pandemonium Records (2)
19 アイノウタ 2 Audio 2006 HG Fact
20 Split 4 Audio 2001-11-04 Alpha Relish
21 Speak Squeak Creak 27 Audio 2001-04-00 A-Zap Records
22 Melt-Banana / Three Studies For A Crucifixion 8 Audio 2001-08-00 Passacaglia Records
23 Eleventh 8 Audio 1997-10-00 Slap A Ham Records
24 Dead Spex 4 Audio 1998-10-05 HG Fact
25 Speak Squeak Creak 25 Audio 1994 Nux Organization
26 Bambi's Dilemma 18 Audio 2007-04-24 A-Zap Records
27 Split 3 Audio 1997
28 Split 7 Audio 2003 Gold Standard Laboratories
29 Split 5 Audio 1995 Anti-Music Records
30 Split 4 Audio 1997 Coat-Tail Records
31 Split 7" 6 Audio 2003
32 Melt-Banana / Big D And The Kids Table 4 Audio 2003 Fork In Hand Records
33 Chipfarm 20 Audio 1995 God Mountain
34 Scratch Or Stitch 22 Audio 1996
35 Split 2 Audio Unhip Records
36 Split 2 Audio 2005 Unhip Records
37 Melt-Banana / Stilluppsteypa 15 Audio 1996-10-00 Something Weird
38 Erase Yer Head # 9 4 Audio 1999 Pandemonium Records (2)
39 Bambi's Dilemma 18 Audio 2007 A-Zap Records
40 Split Series Part 2 2 Audio 2009 Temporary Residence Limited
41 Q./A. 4 Audio 2007-07-00 Dark Beloved Cloud
42 Initial T. 3 Audio 2009-11-00 Init Records
43 Melt-Banana / Three Studies For A Crucifixion 8 Audio 2001-08-00 Passacaglia Records
44 Tintarella Di Luna / 4 Scheletri Ballano Il Tango Della Morte 2 Audio 2002 Valium Records
45 Melt-Banana / Big D And The Kids Table 4 Audio 2003 Fork In Hand Records
46 Charlie 14 Audio 1998 A-Zap Records
47 Scratch Or Stitch 22 Audio 1995 Meldac
48 It's In The Pillcase 3 Audio 1995
49 666 3 Audio 2005 Level Plane Records
50 Melt-Banana / Three Studies For A Crucifixion 8 Audio 2001-08-00 Passacaglia Records


Melt-Banana is a band from Tokyo, Japan. They were formed around 1991/1992 by singer Yasuko Onuki. Yasuko soon met guitar player Ichirou Agata and they also teamed up with bassist Rika. In the early stages they performed under the name Mizu. Famous noise musician KK Null (of Zeni Geva) took notice and arranged for them to fly to Chicago, USA to work with Steve Albini on their first album "Speak Squeak Creak" (1994) which Null released on his own label Nux Organization. Their second album "Scratch or Stitch" was released on cult label Skin Graft and since then they've released all their albums on their own A-Zap Records. They first got big notice on their US tour with Mr. Bungle.

The core sound of Melt-Banana is punk and the distinct "puppy-yelping" vocals shouted by Yasuko coupled with Agata's charcteristic guitar playing using a wide array of special effects pedals which often sound something like hip-hop/scratching has given them a very large cult following over the world. They have collaborated with Merzbow, John Zorn and Otomo Yoshihide among others, all big names in the "noise scene". And with 6 studio albums, 2 live albums, 20+ singles, EPs, splits and collaborations under their belt they continue to pour out their music and tour frequently.

Recently they have played several shows under the name MELT-BANANA Lite. This is when they perform without any guitar or bass and just using drums/vocals and an array of electronics and theremins.


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