Louder Than War’s Ioan Humphreys gets one of the first listens to Otoboke Beaver’s latest LP.
I’m no stranger to Kyoto’s punk-rock-garage quartet Otoboke Beaver having had the pleasure of reviewing one of their recent releases here and their debut album here.
This band are an absolute joy to listen to and are apparently off the scale brilliant live. Be sure to listen to Itekoma Hits and buy a ticket for their latest tour now.
Itekoma Hits consists of eight brand new tracks recorded with new member Kaho kiss who officially joined late August in 2018, taking over drumming duties from former drummer Pop. All the tracks were recorded at Osaka’s LM Studio by Ippei Suda who also mixed and mastered the album, plus six older tracks recorded at Studio Hanamuaii by Kazutaka Miya, and produced by the band. The album is full of the band’s signature turn-on-a-dime, deranged timings and angular punk-rock-pop-garage fury. With a fresh transfusion from their new member, the band exude even more energy, playing faster and harder than ever, and each members’ musicianship has room to shine on Accorinrin’s keen compositional skills. Lead track ‘datsu, hikage no onna’ translates as ‘‘Break out, kept woman’’, and continues the narrative of anata watashi daita ato…, this time imploring the subject to come out of the shadows and escape from this toxic relationship for good. ‘Don’t Light My Fire’s’ Japanese title (‘HEART ni hi o tsuketanaraba chanto keshitekaette’) translates as ‘‘If you set my heart on fire, put it out and go home’’, deals with the contradictory nature of head vs heart, when you know this is not going to be good for you, yet a part of you desires it. The only way to deal with this of course, is to yell a firm no, or even‘‘GO TO HELL’’. ‘6 Day Work Week Is A Pain’ is commentary on Japanese workforce culture (six day weeks and one week of holiday are the norm) and ‘Binge Eating Binge Drinking Bulimia’ reflects on lacking self-control, and underlying issues that contribute to it. ‘I’m Tired Of Your Repeating Story’ is a cathartic anthem for anyone who has ever been mansplained at.
GOLDENWEEK2019 UK Tour
Otoboke Beaver//Say Sue Me//Drinking Boys and Girls Choir
Apr 29 – Manchester – The Deaf Institute
Apr 30 – Leicester – The Musician Pub
May 1 – Bristol – The Fleece Bristol
May 2 – London – Scala
May 3 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
May 4 – Glasgow – CCA Glasgow
Otoboke Beaver are available via their website and their label Damnably. They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
By Ioan Humphreys. More writing by Ioan Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive.