Acclaimed Japanese punk-rock-garage quartet Otoboke Beaver embark on their highly anticipated and fast-selling North American tour starting next month; dates and tickets available here. The tour comes in support of their new album Super Champon via Damnably.
Having garnered support from NPR, Pitchfork, FADER, Stereogum, Bandcamp Daily, TheNeedleDrop, BrooklynVegan and beyond, the album sees the band explore themes such as fending off societal pressure to reproduce, making ridiculous judgments about what valuing a woman, and reacting to the uninvited advice of condescending people, on 18 impressive tracks in 20 minutes.
The group also just shared their latest single “Chu Chu Song,” a sound barrier ripper about the endless back and forth in a relationship. The song features their signature guitar shredding and band member Yoyoyoshie’s riffs that rip through intricate vocal harmonies and key changes.
“Chu chu” is Japanese onomatopoeia for “kiss kiss”. It’s the first song the band wrote in 2009, and was previously only heard at live performances and as a crowdfunding supporter exclusive in 2017. The track was also recently featured on the Japan Is Loud compilation. Adult Swim hosted by Toonami’s Jonny Rej. .
Super Champon follows the band’s critically acclaimed 2019 album Itekoma Hits. is a mix of songs ranging from love to food, life and JASRAC. Our music is genderless and has various elements. We hope this will be our masterpiece of chaos music. It also sounds like a champion.
Across 18 songs, lead singer-songwriter Acco expands the band’s possibilities and pushes their musical skills to the limit. Acco has previously commented that she is more influenced by “manzai”, a traditional style of comedy in Japanese culture comparable to stand-up comedy, exemplified by her use of slang puns and puns. , fast-paced back-and-forth dialogue and impeccable timing in delivering a punchline – characteristics that Otoboke Beaver’s music shares in droves.
Otoboke Beaver, formed at the Kyoto University Music Club, consists of Accorinrin (vocals and guitar), Yoyoyoshie (guitar and vocals), Hirochan (bass and vocals) and Kahokiss (drums and vocals). Acco’s quirky self-taught songwriting and confrontational skills, along with the band’s incredible musical sense, make for an exciting and unmissable live.
2022 Super Champion Tour Dates
September 30 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
October 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s (sold out)
October 3 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
October 5 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (sold out)
October 6 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage (sold out)
October 8 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (sold out)
October 9 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (sold out)
October 11 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall (sold out)
October 14 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
October 15 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
October 16 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir (sold out)
October 18 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
October 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex (sold out)
October 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
October 21 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah (sold out)
October 22 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
October 25 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
October 26 – Dallas, TX @ Tree’s