Have you heard the news? Shonen Knife is coming to town.
If that last sentence does not inspire alternating waves of incredulity and glee, then you likely are not already a fan of this supremely unique, all-girl Japanese power-trio.
However, if you're unfamiliar with the whimsy and wonder that is the high-energy group's calling card, have no fear: The show's not till Friday night.
There's still time for you to become a convert (not to mention grab a ticket).
Pop-rock fans of a certain age and predilection have been waxing rhapsodic about the infectious nature of Shonen Knife's electric guitar, bass and drums-fueled ditties for decades now.
It was the mid-1980s when word of a quirky and deliriously fun female punk group with the word "knife" in its name first began to filter into the states via adventurous college radio stations and the pricey, mysterious realm known as the "import racks" of cool, indie record stores (long before the Internet made it possible to learn about and even sample just about any band from any land).
At that time, the group was running headlong against the grain of what was popular in the Japanese rock and pop scene.
Their arrangements and production techniques were solid but distinctly rudimentary, which drew inspiration from the angular, minimalist, modern-primitive approach of punk rock pioneers the Ramones and the Buzzcocks, yet a lighthearted stage presence and custom-made outfits (which often matched) displayed an unabashed fondness for the U.S. "girl group" scene of the 1960s.
However, it was the lyrics of their songs which set them significantly apart from most any established act that had come before them, save for New England proto-punk-turned-anachronistic-cult-folkie Jonathan Richman.
Alternating between singing in their native Japanese and in halting, heavily accented English, Shonen Knife's albums and singles often featured unironic paeans to such simple pleasures as the members' favorite types of pastries and desserts, zoo animals, toys and games.
Throughout their career - which spans almost 20 full-length albums as well as numerous singles, EPs and compilation contributions - they have also sung of their love for dating cute boys, space travel, using particular brands of pot and pan scrubbers when washing dishes, and, well, rocking out in a cool band.
Their new LP on the indie label Good Charamel is titled "Overdrive."
It was released just a few months ago, and has received strong marks from critics worldwide.
They're currently in the midst of a lengthy U.S. tour that finds them making their Savannah-area debut at Dollhouse Productions.
This recording studio that doubles as an event space is increasingly being used for live shows by both local acts and touring groups.
Opening for Shonen Knife will be COEDS, a local pop-oriented punk quartet of two guitars, bass and drums that has quickly become one of the more popular original bands in town.
The group, which boasts both male and female vocals, has released one limited-edition cassingle, as well as a handful of downloadable tracks. They say they're honored to have been chosen to support Shonen Knife.
However, it's quite a logical pairing, as both bands draw (in varying degrees) on some of the more cartoon-oriented aspects of both bubblegum pop and uptempo punk.
In fact, music magazine Uncut once said Shonen Knife "rocks like Motorhead designed by Hanna-Barbara."
"I used to play their records on my radio show in college," says COEDS guitarist Phillip Price. He cites Shonen Knife's high-profile, Ramones-ish cover of the Carpenters' 1970s radio staple "Top of the World" as perhaps his first introduction to the group.
"I played a lot of loud, fast punk rock noise, as well as sugary pop, and they really fit the bill.
A few years later, I got to review the 'Powerpuff Girls' soundtrack they did with Apples in Stereo and Frank Black and Devo and tons of other people, and I played that all the time, as well," he says.
Price's bandmate Anna Chandler vividly recalls hearing that same Carpenters' cover, too.
"Somewhere in the recesses of my family's VHS tapes, there's a video of a 10-year-old me and my cousins dancing with (toy) lightsabers to 'Top of the World,'" she says fondly.
"They're one of those bands that I feel I've just always known about, especially as a young girl learning electric guitar. They're such an omnipresence, that I never thought I - or COEDS - would be asked to open for them. They're legends. That's part of what makes this so special to us."
"I doubted I'd ever see Shonen Knife play live, much less play with them. I am absolutely thrilled for this show and can't wait to see them perform.
"I think it's really wonderful they're coming through Savannah. I really admire their semi-frantic positive energy," he says.
"I like to think we're inspired by a lot of the same happy energy they are. We really love playing music with each other and we like to play with other bands that also seem happy to be playing music together."
"Bottom line, Shonen Knife just reminds me of good times in my life."