Otoboke Beaver: Love Is Short – EP review
Love Is Short
Louder Than War;s Ioan Humphreys gets his ears fried again by Japan noise band Otoboke Beaver
I’m no stranger to Kyoto’s punk-rock-garage quartet Otoboke Beaver having had the pleasure of reviewing their debut album here. I immediately fell in love with this band’s passion, ferocity, playfulness and absolute disregard for convention. So when I heard that they were to release their latest EP Love Is Short, I jumped at the chance of hearing this noisy lot once again.
And holy crap was I not disappointed! Opener, ‘Love is short’ has a machine gun drum start that leads into 100mph guitar and vocals. This eventually slows down a tiny bit to a really nice fast chug that I swear reminds me of thrash legends such as Sacred Reich and Acid Reign! Either way, there are lots of stops, starts and dead ends to the track that just add to the fun, chaos and tension that Otob0ke Beaver create. This lot must be so much fun live!
‘Introduce me to your family’ is a slower affair compared to the previous track and has a bouncy feel that feels like an almost ska influence is creeping in. It even has a funky breakout in the middle. And then as the track begins it’s last third, the noise comes in and the stop start freakouts that Otoboke Beaver are so good at take over and you are left with the question, “what are these girls on??” And can I have some??
Final track ‘Mean’ is just that. Its 19 seconds of ferocious guitar noise, 100mph drums and crazed vocals. I cannot help being reminded of Melt Banana when i hear this and this is probably a very lazy comparison. But anyway, i bloody love this band and there are far too few bands out there at the moment who feel like they are having fun, taking risks and making a racket as much as Otoboke Beaver are.
Otoboke Beaver will have a headline tour of the UK following in May.
w/ Say Sue Me (South Korea)
May 1 – London -‐ 100 Club
May 2 – Bristol -‐ Exchange
May 3 – Glasgow -‐ CCA
May 4 – Leicester-‐ Musician
By Ioan Humphreys. More writing by Ioan Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive.