Plus Drinking Boys and Girls Choir
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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 at Kyoto University’s music club, the band consists of Accorinrin (Lead Vocal & Guitar), Yoyoyoshie (Guitar & Vocals), Hirochan (Bass & Vocals) and Kahokiss (Drums & Vocals).
Acco’s off-kilter self-taught compositional and confrontational performance skills, together with the band’s incredible musicianship make for a thrilling and unmissable live act.
Damnably Records released the compilation ‘Okoshiyasu!! Otoboke Beaver’ in March 2016, which was championed by Gideon Coe and Tom Ravenscroft on BBC6Music & John Kennedy on XFM. 2017 was a breakthrough year for the band, with attention from Pitchfork, NPR, i-D and The Fader and more, acclaimed debuts at SXSW and FujiRock Festival, a sold-out show in London’s legendary 100 Club, and their ‘Love Is Short’ 7” charted in the UK for 4 weeks.
In 2018 the band’s ‘ATTYUUMA’ tour saw them travel over 24,000 miles in a week on a brief UK tour that was bookmarked by slots at Coachella. Recent converts include Tadanobu Asano, Aidan Moffat and The Cribs, the later describing them as “PUNK AS F*CK”.
After kicking things off at this year’s SXSW music opening party and a run of wild showcases, the band released new album “ITEKOMA HITS” in April on Damnably, receiving widespread praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Stereogum, NYLON, BrooklynVegan and many more. They made their European debut at Lowlands Festival in The Netherlands, appeared as part of the line up at Koyabu Sonic Festival in Japan, and composed the opening theme song for Japanese comedy series “Susumu Inomata & 8 Mojo” that will be broadcast on Kansai TV this October.
“sheer calamity and deliriously fun … recalls a lineage of patriarchy-scorching girl-gang shrieks, from the Slits’ ‘‘Shoplifting’’ to Bikini Kill’s ‘‘Liar’’ and beyond.” Pitchfork
Drinking Boys and Girls Choir formed in 2013 when two drummers MJ and Meena shared a rehearsal space and decided to form a band, Meena switched to Bass and guitarist Bondu (who had just finished his military service) answered their ad. They bonded over a shared love of drinking, skating and punk. Inspired by Daegu’s 90s-00s hardcore punk/indie-rock scene before it moved to Seoul, a topic band are very passionate about. They won’t move to the capital, preferring to nurture a sustainable local scene. in 2017, MJ suffered a serious motorbike accident, so the band took a hiatus while awaiting her recovery. When she was fit again, they DIY produced their 18 track debut album”Keep Drinking” on Damnably/Electric Muse in 2019, followed by SXSW, TGE, LSC, Indie Rocks (CA) appearances and their debut UK tour supporting labelmates Otoboke Beaver & Say Sue Me. Bondu retired from the band following their UK tour, with Myorori Kang taking up the mantle of guitarist for the band.
“WOW! that was good, right?!” Iggy Pop, BBC 6Music