Otoboke Beaver

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Otoboke Beaver おとぼけビ~バ~ are a punk-rock-garage quartet from Kyoto, Japan. The band’s name is taken from a local ‘Love Hotel’ and they describe themselves as: “Japanese girls ‘knock out or pound cake’ band”.

Formed in 2009’s summer in Kyoto, Japan, and consists of Accorinrin (Lead Vocal & Guitar), Yoyoyoshie (Guitar &Vocals), Hiro-chan (Bass &Vocals) and Pop (Drums &Vocals).
Live the band often invade the audience, often with guitarist Yoshie crwd-surfing whilst playing wild riffs flawlessly. Sonically, it’s crazed, deranged garage, punk-rock-pop at break-neck speed and everyone sings in Japanese, and often in Kyoto slang.
The band of mid 20’s talented musicians make easy work of the complex arrangements, reminiscent of jazzy riot grrrl/Queercore NYC punks ‘God Is My Co-Pilot’ or the Minutemen but their influences are mostly Japanese acts such Yapoos and Hikasyu.

Having built up a strong fan-base in Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo and shared stages with Shonen Knife, Wussy, Leggy, Say Sue Me, Miyavi, Guitar Wolf, Pika☆/ピカ(from AFRIRAMPO), The Floating Guitar Borchestra of BOREDOMS, DMBQ, Ni-hao! and BO NINGEN.

The bands UK debut tour saw them play DIY Popfest (Shacklewell Arms) & Walpurgis Nacht (Windmill, Brixton-SOLDOUT) on May 1st, then Coventry The Tin, London Pipeline, Nottingham Maze (SOLDOUT), Leicester Musician (SOLDOUT) plus a Radio session for John Kennedy on Radio X.
2017 was a breakthrough year for them as i-D premiered ‘Love Is Short’ single and interviewed the band, The Fader premiered the ‘S’il Vous Plait’ video, NPR raved about their astonishing SXSW appearances which were filmed by NHK for a 40 minute national TV documentary in Japan. The band SOLDOUT the 100 Club in London and the RSD special 7″ of ‘Love Is Short’ sold out and has almost sold out a second pressing and was in the UK charts for 4 weeks.
NPR also premiered the grindcore revenge video for ‘Love Is Short’ then Pitchfork declared it one of the best new tracks and Premiered the extreme anime video for “ikezu” いけず (Mean)
The band also debuted at Fuji-Rock Festival and had 6 official Spotify playlists feature them plus others on iTunes & Deezer not to mention being featured on Lars Ulrich ‘s Beats 1 Radio show.

Releases
‘Okoshiyasu’ is Kyoto slang for ‘welcome’ and ‘Okoshiyasu Otoboke Beaver‘ is the bands debut release outside Japan and a compilation of the mostly sold out singles (‘Akimahenka’ ‘Otobokebeaver Dai Jikenbo’) paired with their debut album ‘Mokugeki! Love Me Sign’ & mini album “Konya Kagiri Nante Zettai Honto Ni Iwasenai !”. It’s available on CD & Digital.
‘Akimahenka’ & ‘Anata Ga Falling Love Shita No Ha Watashi Ga Kirai Na Onnanoko’ are the AA single, released digitally 28/01/2016.
‘Bakuro Book’ is a new 3 track EP was released on CD & digital in 2016.
Love Is Short‘ is a 3 track EP available released 24/04/2017 on CD, 7″ Vinyl & digitally.
T. Shirts & Baseball Caps are available from Bandcamp

 

RECENT PRESS/RADIO

“The Kyoto feminist punks Otoboke Beaver blaze through “Love Is Short” with all the gravitational force of a brick to the ground. It’s sheer calamity and deliriously fun—supercharged, sugar-rush hardcore with breathless vocals, pogoing rhythms, and torrential DayGlo riffs…the fire of “Love Is Short” recalls a lineage of patriarchy-scorching girl-gang shrieks, from the Slits’ “Shoplifting” to Bikini Kill’s “Liar” and beyond.” Pitchfork

“Their Riot Grrrl attitudes and passion for noise-rock make them stand out as true renegades in the underground scene.”– i-D

“Not new, just new to us. Unhinged garage-punk from Japanese all-woman quartet. They tour the UK in May – not to be missed.’ The Guardian.

“The Kyoto-based Otoboke Beaver takes in the history of Japanese punk and runs with scissors in hand towards the bonkers-noise of early Boredoms, Afrirampo’s uninhibited avant-punk, and the revved-up garage-rock of Shonen Knife (and maybe a little bit of John Zorn‘s blistering Naked City, just to put it over the top). Punk is rarely this charmingly vicious.” NPR

“Fierce!” John Kennedy (Radio X)

“When I first watched their show, I couldn’t help moving my body and was in the front row of the crowd at the live house in OSAKA. Their cute looks and crazy performance won my heart. After that, I heard that they were 10 years my junior at the music circle of the Ritsumeikan University in KYOTO. The fact made my fondness of them grew bigger and bigger. Their music is splendid, not to mention their individual personalities and musicianship, too. It’s rare for bands in Kyoto to use the local dialect in songs, and especially rare for young musicians. Now, most musicians tend to move to TOKYO. But Otoboke Beaver are based in KYOTO and proud of that. It’s time for them to export their music to the world. People in the UK will certainly become their captive!! I hope Otoboke Beaver will become a bridge between Kyoto and the World. “Emi Morimoto (Shonen Knife/Ni Hao!/Dokuros)

 

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Contact

Press/Radio/Booking (outside Japan): george@damnably.com
Publishing/Sync (Worldwide)
publishing@damanbly.com / shendry@bucksmusicgroup.co.uk
Bucks synclink @ http://www.synclinks.co.uk/artist/ODIxNjgtMzdiNjZk/