The Music Fix Premiere: Otoboke Beaver - 'Bakuro Book'
The Music Fix are honoured to be granted the premiere of feminist new wave Otoboke Beaver's new EP Bakuro Book, released on 6 April via the Damnably label.
'Bakuro Book' follows hot on the heels of the Kyoto four-piece's first album outside of Japan, 'Okoshiyasu Otoboke Beaver', released to critical acclaim last month. The album has been receiving radio support from Radio X and BBC 6 Music, including from Tom Ravenscroft; we're sure Tom's father John Peel would have loved Otoboke Beaver as he loved their compatriots Melt Banana with who they share a non contradictory punk rock sense of breakneck fury and fun. A well intended snarl with a Riot Grrrl attitude.
You can listen to then read about the band's EP below, followed by dates of their rowdy and sticky live shows. Warning: as you get caught up admiring lead singer Accorinrin's bullet-train speed vocals and the band's deranged and melodic musicianship, be sure to keep one eye out for their audience invasions!
Named after a local love hotel Otoboke Beaver describe themselves “Japanese girls ‘knock out or pound cake’ band”. They sing in Kyoto slang, have a back catalogue featuring visually disturbing beaver puns and often invade the audience at gigs.
Having built up a strong fan-base in Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo and shared stages with Shonen Knife, Guitar Wolf, Pika☆,DMBQ, Ni-hao! and BO NINGEN the band release the three track EP ‘Bakuro Book’ on April 6th, following hot on the webbed beaver-heels of the band’s debut (outside Japan) album ‘Okoshiyasu!! Otoboke Beaver’ (released March 11) itself a compilation of the bands output from 2009.
The title track itself a mix of discordant punk, complex and almost-jazz catchy pop that see’s this band confident of their abilities and playing with the idea of a ‘Bakuro Book’; a ‘tell all’ or ’revealing book’.
‘What do you mean you have talk to me at this late date?’ Furiously start-stops-starts, and sounds not unlike a band falling down a stair case mid song and arguing about it.
‘S'il vous plaît’ highlights Yoyoyoshie’s riff-mastery and she’s the secret weapon if a band of talented musicians. It’s her angular guitar lines, unusual chord shapes and scream that drives the band. Closest to Dr Feelgood’s Wilko Johnson in stage persona, but with her tongue constantly poking out while soloing or crowd surfing. Accorinrin’s incredibly fast vocal delivery together with Pop’s explosive drums (she was taught by Pika from Afrirampo after all) and Hiro-Chan’s fluid bass lines make this a highly original and fun band who are the opposite of Sugary, manufactured Idol or J-pop b(r)ands and even the serious career pale in comparison to this very natural bunch of friends that make music together. Otoboke Beaver are just about to tour the UK for 6 days where they share stages with: Shonen Knife, Wussy, kath Bloom, Leggy, Chorusgirl, Trust Fund and Lazarus Clamp.
Otoboke Beaver “Girl With Riot”/”Okoshiyasu Otoboke Beaver” UK debut tour
01 May 2016 : DIY Popfest – London – London at Shacklewell Arms – London, w/ Chorusgirl, Good Grief
01 May 2016 : Walpurgis Nacht Festival at Windmill Brixton – London, w/ Wussy (US), Kath Bloom(US), Lazarus Clamp, Former Utopia, Bruja
02 May 2016 : The Tin Music and Arts – Coventry
03 May 2016 : The Pipeline (Damnably & Japan Underground Present)
05 May 2016 : The Maze – Nottingham, W/ Shonen Knife
06 May 2016 : The Musician Pub – Leicester, W/ Shonen Knife