Meet Otoboke Beaver, the Dave Grohl-approved Japanese punk-rockers influenced by everything from Manzai comedy to the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff

Otoboke Beaver
(Image credit: Mayumi Hirata)

In the spring of 2020, guitarists Accorinrin and Yoyoyoshie of Japanese quartet Otoboke Beaver had just quit their day jobs ready to embark on a world tour. Two weeks into the European leg, and before they’d even had a whiff of the New World, the rest of it ground to a halt. 

“Losing the tour, then our jobs, we were trying to keep a positive attitude,” recalls vocalist and guitarist Accorinrin. The bandleader has dialed in from her home in and amongst the Zen rock gardens and vermilion shrines of Kyoto. As we wait for fellow guitarist Yoyoyoshie to join, she frantically sweeps across the room in a bid to create a tidier Zoom background.

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Cheri Amour

Cheri Amour is a writer, editor and broadcaster intent on amplifying the voices of women and non-binary artists in print, online and on air. During her twenties, she played lead guitar in a touring two-piece, sharing the stage with The Slits and John Peel-approved punks The Nightingales. Formerly Deputy Editor at TGA Magazine, Cheri headed up its Tech section pouring over pedals with everyone to indie icon Debbie Smith (Echobelly/Curve) to multi-instrumentalist Katie Harkin (Sleater Kinney/Waxahatchee/Wye Oak). She's currently working on an upcoming 33 1/3 book on the unassuming influence of South Bronx sister troupe ESG, out in Spring 2023.