Otoboke Beaver Kicks Off North American Tour in Seattle

The all-female Japanese punk rock quartet Otoboke Beaver might be a little too punk rock for Setlist, if that's possible.

The talented musicians with an incredible sense of style and post-punk attributes have a few rules for attendees of their tour which is a celebration of 15 years of rock.

They ask not to post videos on YouTube, refrain from bringing beers on stage, and "don't steal set-lists."

via Otoboke Beaver's Twitter

The first two are understandable, but the third... also understandable... makes verifying the set a smidge harder.

Thus when you see their setlists published in places like here, know they might not be 100% on the nose. Which is a shame because this band is red hot and everyone should know about them as they sweep the nation.

Tuesday night, Feb. 20, Otoboke Beaver kicked off their tour loudly, wonderfully, and with the aid of a blow up beaver, on which guitarist and art designer Yoyoyoshie happily crowd surfed atop.

Straight outta Kyoto, Otoboke Beaver named themselves after an adults-only "love hotel" in Osaka. Their love of precision punk rock has made audiences around the world fall in love with them.

In their 15 years, the women have produced four studio albums, three EPs, and a handful of singles. Like most bands bubbling under trying to break out, their hardcore Japanese fans want to keep the group their little secret, but how are you going to keep "I checked your cellphone" secret?

The tune is every man's nightmare and it's performed brilliantly including the repeated "WHY!?" and punch at the end. It's so good musicians are falling in love with the band's drummer, Kaho Kiss, for all the right reasons.

"I have to see this band live" is the feeling we all have.

Before you discount the rest of the band, bassist Hirochan and the aforementioned guitarist Yoyoyoshie are no slouches either.

No better proof of this than "Don't Light My Fire" from their 2019 album Itekoma Hits.

How about that chant to go to hell at the end. Powerful!

The last time the band was in the Pacific Northwest they performed live for KEXP and included some tunes from their most recent album, Super Champion.

A fan favorite, a feminist complaint against traditional Japanese gender roles, "I am not maternal" was one of the highlights from their 2022 appearance.

Two weeks ago the band participated in a Reddit AMA in which they were asked which have been their favorite countries to play in.

"Mexico was fun. The crowd was crazy, the food and drinks were really tasty," said Yoshie.

Singer Accorinrin took these pictures of Kurt Cobain while the band toured Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture, which has some of his instruments.

"I alway say Spain because the food was great and the cities are beautiful. Recently we went to Thailand and it was fun, the food was great and the weather was nice there," replied Hiro.

"America because when we play shows I feel the crowd's reactions and enthusiasm really well," said Kaho.

Speaking of the drummer, let's give her some more:

Otoboke Beaver is coming down the west coast with a stop in Pioneertown in Joshua Tree and then a couple of days off in LA before their show, then off to the rest of the big cities around the US.

Get your tickets on their website. And please, no beer on stage.

Otoboke Beaver 2024 North American Tour

February 24 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
February 25 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst Club
February 27 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
February 28 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
February 29 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy + Harriet’s
March 2 - Los Angeles, CA - The Belasco
March 4 - Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Music Hall
March 5 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
March 7 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue & 7th St Entry
March 9 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
March 10 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
March 12 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall
March 14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Spirit
March 15 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
March 16 - Detroit, MI - Saint Andrew’s Hall
March 17 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
March 19 - Montreal, QC - Théâtre Beanfield
March 21 - Boston, MA - Royale
March 22 - New York, NY - Knockdown Center
March 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
March 26 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
March 27 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
March 28 - Nashville, TN - Eastside Bowl
March 29 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
March 30 - Orlando, FL - Beacham

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