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About Otoboke Beaver

Punk-rock-garage quartet Otoboke Beaver were formed in Kyoto, Japan in 2009. Accorinrin (lead vocal, guitar), Yoyoyoshie (guitar, vocals), Nishikawachi (bass), and Pop (drums, vocals) met at a music organization while they were at college. Taking their cue from Japanese acts like Hikasyu and Yapoos, the quartet also shared the raucous energy and attitude of riot grrrl bands like Bikini Kill. Playing at breakneck speed with seemingly effortless dexterity, the members of Otoboke Beaver sang exclusively in Japanese, and frequently in Kyoto slang. The group began to build a solid fan base in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto, following tours with Shonen Knife, Bo Ningen, Wussy, and Say Sue Me. In 2013 Nishikawachi quit the band and was replaced by Hiro-chan, a longtime fan of the group.

The band's debut release outside of Japan arrived in 2016, as English label Damnably put out the compilation Okoshiyasu Otoboke Beaver. The collection gathered together singles, their debut album Mokugeki, and the mini-album Konya Kagiri Nante Zettai Honto Ni Iwasenai! That same year they also released the Bakuro Book EP. But it was 2017 when Otoboke Beaver really broke through to a wider audience after securing slots at SXSW and the 100 Club in London. Following those performances, their music began to get picked up by prominent media outlets, and subsequently their Record Store Day Love Is Short 7" EP sold out. Despite increased popularity, the bandmembers continued to have full-time jobs, and as it was frowned upon to take more than one week's holiday in Japan, Otoboke Beaver rarely toured outside their native country. Nevertheless, the band embarked on a tour in 2018 that included several U.K. dates alongside slots at the Coachella festival.

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