In our 104th instalment of “Stumbled Upon”, we meet Japan’s latest girl band sensation Otoboke Beaver , chat about their love of punk rock, meeting in uni, touring around the UK and get a sneak peak at their latest release, “Akimahenka”.
Otoboke Beaver (It is taken from the name of a local ‘Love Hotel’ in Kyoto.)
Members & their roles:
Accorinrin – Vocal & Guitar
Yoyoyoshie – Guitar
Hiro-chan – Bass
Pop – Drums
How did things get started?
We began in our college days in Kyoto and got started in summer about six years ago. Many bands form at University and it turns out Emi Morimoto (X Shonen Knife) was 10 years our senior at the music circle of the same Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.
How would you best describe your live show?
Girls, Punk, Rock, Psych, Hardcore, Pop, Garage, avant-garde, Knock-out, Kyoto-expedient…
What shows do you have coming up?
We are so excited as we are going to England to tour for the very first time and we even have two gigs in London on the same day at two of the coolest venues there!
5/1 Walpurgis Nacht Festival 2016 The Windmill, Brixton, Brixton, UK
5/1 DIY POP Fest at Shacklewell Arms, Dalston, London UK
5/2 The Tin at The Coal Vaults, Coventry, UK
5/5 with Shonen Knife The Maze, Nottingham, UK
5/6 with Shonen Knife The Musician, Leicester, UK
Keep an eye on Facebook for more dates.
Tell us about your latest release:
Our new single “Akimahenka” is out today! And our album Okoshiyasu!! Otoboke Beaver will be out on March 11th! Both are available through Damnably Records.
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