Since they formed in 2009, Japan's Otoboke Beaver has been lashing crowds with a fury that rivals fellow compatriots 54 Nude Honeys, Melt Banana, or just about any group in punk for that matter. They're a band that revels in lacerating ears with tunes that are upbeat, yet inflicts a brawling aggression without the baggage of angst.
Take "S'il Vous Plait," for instance, one of the tracks off their new EP Bakuro Book. It pummels with shattering percussion and punishing throbs from a muffled bass that could vibrate an entire room.
But it also struts with rollicking guitar riffs and vocalist Accorinrin's Kathleen Hanna-like inflection, both traversing through verses and choruses with a charismatic rhythm that makes the song more than just a raging snarl.
"S'il Vous Plait" balances Otoboke Beaver's rebel spirit with their quirky personalities, and the result is a boisterous ruckus that tells us punk is very much alive and well in Japan.