Japanese punk-rock-garage quartet Otoboke Beaver have shared their newest snarling track PARDON?, the biting lead single from their new album ‘Super Champon,’ out May 6 via Damnably. A jokey recounting of a situation that the band often finds themselves in with unrelenting miscommunication of unsolicited and overzealous points of views, the simple lyrical refrains pose as an extreme contrast to the stop-start time changes and dizzying pace. The band says, “Sometimes, the more you insist, the harder it is to understand you. We don’t have time to understand if you don’t have time to understand.” Otoboke Beaver also unveiled four custom AR-filters on their Instagram page, available in the app version, that allow fans to recreate their signature makeup. You can listen to PARDON? or watch the video clip via YouTube below.
‘Super Champon’ follows 2019’s critically acclaimed ‘Itekoma Hits’. ‘Champon’ is a Japanese noun meaning a mixture or jumble of things of different types, as the band explains, “It’s a mixture of songs from love to food, life and JASRAC. Our music is genreless and has various elements. We hope that it will be our masterpiece of chaos music. It also sounds like champion.” Previously released singles I am not maternal, Don’t call me mojo, and Dirty old fart is waiting for my reaction see the band pushing back on societal pressure to reproduce, calling out ridiculous judgements on what gives a woman value, and reacting to uninvited counsel from patronising people.
Across 18 songs, chief singer-songwriter Acco expands the band’s possibilities and pushes their musical skills to the limit. Acco has remarked previously that she is more influenced by ‘manzai,’ a traditional style of comedy in Japanese culture comparable to double act comedy or stand-up comedy exemplified by its use of slang puns and wordplay, speedy back-and-forth dialogue and impeccable timing in delivering a punchline — characteristics of which Otoboke Beaver’s music shares in droves.
Otoboke Beaver, formed at Kyoto University’s music club, consists of Accorinrin (lead vocal & guitar), Yoyoyoshie (guitar & vocals), Hirochan (bass & vocals), and Kahokiss (drums & vocals). Acco’s off-kilter self-taught compositional and confrontational performance skills, together with the band’s incredible musicianship, make for a thrilling and unmissable live act.
Super Champon 2022 Tour Dates
May 5 Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje
May 6 Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown
May 7 Brussels, BE @ AB Club
May 8 The Hague, NL @ PAARD (small hall)
May 11 Groningen, NL @ Vera
May 16 London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
May 19 Glasglow, UK @ St. Luke’s
May 20 Manchester, UK @ Club Academy
May 22 Bristol, UK @ The Fleece
May 24 Dublin, IE @ Button Factory
June 2 Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
June 30 Belfort, FR @ Les Eurockeenes
July 8 Trenčín, SK @ Pohoda Festival
Sept 30 Toronto, ON, CA @ Lee’s Place
Oct 2 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Oct 3 Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
Oct 5 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Oct 6 Washington, DC @ Union Stage
Oct 8 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (Sold Out)
Oct 9 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (just added)
Oct 11 Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
Oct 14 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Oct 16 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
Oct 18 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Oct 19 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
Oct 21 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah