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Otoboke Beaver’s ‘Yakitori’ Doesn’t Care What You Think

Otoboke Beaver utilize spite and nonsense on their fifth single taken off their upcoming album 'Super Champon' due May 6 via Damnably.

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Otoboke Beaver’s anger, energy, and aesthetics cradle chaos in a skilled manner that it always lends mindfulness and moxie to our own unsaid annoyances. On the quartet’s latest single, “Yakitori,” the Japanese punk band entertain their own spite and mock unasked comments all while throwing meat in your mailbox.

Comprised of Accorinrin (vocals), Yoyoyoshie (guitar), Hiro-Chan (bass), and Kahokiss (drums), Otoboke Beaver’s back-handed delivery and signature stamina only fuel anticipation for their upcoming album Super Champon due May 6 via Damnably, which hopes will be their “masterpiece of chaos music.”

“Yakitori” comes across nonsensical, as its topical roots are named after the skewered chicken which are quite popular in the west. The raving tempo and early innocence play on past disgruntled views to frame their own revenge fantasy. Their sarcasm acknowledges not being liked and gives naysayers a taste of their distorted view.

“We are not popular in Japan, but we have been told by some Japanese people that we are flirting with foreigners,” says Accorinrin. “I was so pissed off by this that I decided to write songs with ‘Japanese’ and ‘foreign flirtatious’ titles, such as ‘SUSHI’ and ‘YAKITORI.’ It’s a meaningless song, ‘I’m the one who threw yakitori in your mailbox.’ Not so flirtatious, right?”

Despite the gibberish being thrown, and meat, the track’s arrangements and tempo changes are as sharp as the track’s tongue. Akin to an improv artist moving between skits, the less than two minute track runs on its own path, but with impeccable timing. Heavy distortions unite with clamors to “destroy” as Accorinrin’s screams, and own contemplation if this is resentment, finishes the track.

It acts as one of several food-themed tracks from their upcoming album which pulls from every aspect of life, fitting for the Japanese noun Champon, which means a “mixture or jumble of things.”

“Yakitori” is the fifth single taken off their upcoming album Super Champon due May 6 via Damnably. Pre-save the album on your preferred platform and pre-order on Bandcamp.

Super Champon 2022 Tour Dates
June 2           Barcelona, ES at Primavera Sound
June 30         Belfort, FR at Les Eurockéennes
July 8            Trenčín, SK at Pohoda Festival
July 9            Leiden, NL at Werfpop
July 11          Amsterdam, NL at Paradiso Noord 
Sept 30          Toronto, ON, CA at Lee’s Place
Oct 2              Philadelphia, PA at Johnny Brenda’s
Oct 3              Boston, MA at The Sinclair
Oct 5              Brooklyn, NY at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Oct 6              Washington, DC at Union Stage
Oct 8              Chicago, IL at Empty Bottle (sold out)
Oct 9              Chicago, IL at Empty Bottle
Oct 11            Denver, CO at Globe Hall
Oct 14            Seattle, WA at The Crocodile
Oct 16            Portland, OR at Doug Fir
Oct 18            San Francisco, CA at Great American Music Hall
Oct 19            Los Angeles, CA at Echoplex
Oct 21            San Diego, CA at The Casbah

Cover photo: Mayumi Hirata

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