There are many descriptions which are trying to say what music style do MELT-BANANA play. Noise rock? Synth grind? Hardcore? The answer should be - come on and listen to them at Obscene Extreme Festival Asia 2015!


But to be honest, after more than twenty years of existence, is there anybody who doesn´t know them? 10 albums, over 20 singles, crazy shows, unorthodox music style. Coming from Japan, one of the well-known and most respected female-fronted underground bands!!!


In 1991, while attending Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Yasuko Onuki started a band called Mizu and, after a short period rehearsing with another guitarist, recruited Ichirou Agata to play guitar in the band. Mizu's original drummer and bass player quit six months after Agata joined, leaving Yasuko to handle the bass and vocal duties until she found bassist Rika. They briefly performed shows around Tokyo without a drummer. Toshiaki Sudoh then joined as the new drummer in November 1992, and they changed their name to Melt-Banana.


In May 1993, Melt-Banana played a show opening for KK Null of Zeni Geva fame, who was impressed enough to immediately offer them a deal with his label, and would later introduce them to Mark Fischer of Skin Graft Records and Steve Albini.


Melt-Banana have released eleven full-length albums and 23 EPs (primarily split releases with other bands, most of which were compiled onto one disc in 2005). In 1997, they created their own recording company, A-Zap (formerly Iguana Coax), and re-issued most of their early albums. Around this time, drummer Toshiaki Sudoh quit. In more recent times, the band has had different drummers helping them on tours and in making albums. They do massive US and UK tours yearly and smaller Japanese tours (the reason for this, according to them, is that travelling in Japan is quite expensive). In 2007 Melt-Banana recorded the song "Hair-Cat (Cause the Wolf Is a Cat!)" for Perfect Hair Forever on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim lineup. The latest studio album, Fetch, was released on September 30, 2013.


They have worked with a diverse range of artists, including Merzbow, John Zorn, Agathe Max, Mike Patton, and Discordance Axis.


Release date Release name Media
2013 Fetch
2009 Melt-Banana Lite Live Ver 0.0
2007 Bambi's Dilemma
2005 13 Hedgehogs (MxBx Singles 1994–1999)
2003 Cell-Scape
2000 Teeny Shiny
1999 MxBx 1998/13,000 Miles at Light Velocity
1999 MxBx 1998/13,000 Miles at Light Velocity
1998 Charlie
1995 Scratch or Stitch
1994 Cactuses Come in Flocks LP
1994 Speak Squeak Creak