Otoboke Beaver

“Anata Watashi Daita Ato Yome No Meshi” is a new single from Kyoto’s Otoboke Beaver, releasing on February 23rd digitally on Damnably Records.

Imagining a love triangle situation, the song is a vicious metaphor for the complicated nature of toxic love and relationships. Dealing with similar themes as on their previous single “Love Is Short!,” Acco further elaborates on her general cynicism towards the conventions of love and marriage; that even in love, or in marriage, these perceived commitments do not guarantee loyalties owed to a lover or to a wife, despite what those conventions imply. The cultural norm of a wife cooking for her husband is so ingrained, Acco’s lyrics are not even commenting on it, yet it becomes a most effective way of calling out the inequalities of what is culturally expected from females in a relationship (in love or in marriage) vs males, and how both a lover and a wife are being insulted when conventions of love and marriage are not respected.

Acco says: “The song title is quite literal, ‘After making love to me, you eat your wife’s cooking’, but it is not my literal experience. I compiled the feelings of anger, sorrow and empathy for being treated poorly by a loved one using the theme of a wife’s homecooking to question why a loved one can act like this, why a lover doesn’t say no, and to express how I have felt in the past about love.”

Recorded, mixed & mastered with Ippei Suda at LM Studio, Osaka-Japan.

2018 see’s them cram three UK dates in between slots at Coachella Music Festival this April. The tour is entitled ‘ATTYUUMA’ (Blink Of An Eye).

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 at Kyoto University’s music club, the band consists of Accorinrin (Lead Vocal & Guitar), Yoyoyoshie (Guitar & Vocals), Hiro- chan (Bass & Vocals) and Pop (Drums & Vocals).

2017 was a breakthrough year for the band with attention from Pitchfork, NPR, i-D and The Fader, acclaimed SXSW & Fuji Rock Festival debuts, a sold-out 100 Club show, and their ‘Love Is Short’ 7” sat in the UK charts for 4 weeks. 2018 promises to be just as exciting.

Recent Press:

“… sheer calamity and deliriously fun — supercharged, sugar-rush hardcore with breathless vocals, pogo-ing 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

“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…Punk is rarely this charmingly vicious.” NPR Music


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