OTOBOKE BEAVER

 

CONTACT: 

PAM NASHEL LETO: pam@girlie.com

TAYLOR HAUGHTON: taylor@girlie.com

 

 What is this? 

“Love Is Short” is the second EP and third release (outside Japan) from Kyoto quartet Otoboke Beaver, following on from the album Okoshiyasu!! Otoboke Beaver (2016) and the Bakuro Book EP (2016). Released on CD and digitally worldwide March 20th, 2017. 

The band’s name is taken from a local ‘Love Hotel’ and the song subject matter is a screw you to bad love, devious boyfriends and general sexism. Their early releases carried artwork with scary visual beaver puns and Otoboke Beaver are part of a new wave of feminist Japanese bands, defining themselves sexually and musically. The pressure of the conformist and patriarchal society is palpable in their music. 

What does it sound like? Deranged yet catchy, angular punk- pop-garage-rock at break-neck speed! 

Love Is short sees the band blood-letting a generation’s gender frustration. Introduce me to your family has more vocal playfulness, funky bass and buzzsaw guitar that eventually tumbles into a volcano of noise, with beats tripping over themselves and looks at relationships as a kind of personal war. Ikezu (Mean) at 19 seconds is a stamping flash of anger. There's something about the Kansai triangle (Osaka/Kobe/Kyoto - it's Japan's Midlands, America’s midwest) that's produced some great and very varied music with a great sense of unity, though each city is radically different. Otoboke Beaver have emerged from one of those many provincial scenes, influenced by western Riot Grrrl attitudes and the sounds of punk and angular post-rock, make easy work of the complex arrangements, reminiscent of inventive jazzy queercore punks ‘God Is My Co-Pilot’, or more recently ‘Afrirampo’. The band sing in Japanese, and often in difficult to translate Kyoto slang. 

Who are they? 

Otoboke beaver describe themselves as: “Japanese girls 'knock out or pound cake' band”. Formed in the summer of 2009 in Kyoto, Japan, and consists of Accorinrin (lead Vocal & Guitar), Yoyoyoshie (Guitar &Vocals), Hiro-chan (Bass &Vocals), Pop (Drums &Vocals). Live, the band invade the audience and have shared stages with Shonen Knife, Guitar Wolf, Pika☆/ピカ (from AFRIRAMPO), DMBQ, Ni-hao!,BO NINGEN and COMANECHI. 

Fans include Emi from Shonen Knife, English Comedy star and critic Stewart Lee (and his daughter), BBC 6Music’s Gideon Coe & Tom Ravenscroft, Radio X’s John Kennedy, WFMU’s Jon Solomon. The band all have full time jobs and in Japan it’s culturally frowned upon to take more than a week of holiday so they rarely tour outside Japan. 2017 will see their US debut at SXSW and their first UK headline tour.