Otoboke Beaver (Kyoto, Japan)
Otoboke Beaver ???????? are a punk-rock-garage quartet from Kyoto, Japan. The band's name is taken from a local 'Love Hotel' and they describe themselves as: Japanese girls 'knock out or pound cake' band. Formed in 2009's summer at Kyoto University's music club, the band consists of Accorinrin (Lead Vocal & Guitar), Yoyoyoshie (Guitar & Vocals), Hiro-chan (Bass & Vocals) and Pop (Drums & Vocals).
2017 was a breakthrough year for the band with features in Pitchfork, NPR, i-D and The Fader, acclaimed SXSW & Fuji Rock Festival debuts, a sold-out 100 Club show, and their 'Love Is Short' 7 sat in the UK charts for 4 weeks. 2018 saw them travel over 24,000 miles in a week on their 'ATTYUUMA' tour which included 3 UK dates bookmarked by Coachella slots where they and X Japan were the only Japanese acts on the bill. The Cribs played with them in Osaka earlier this year-describing them as Punk-as-Fuck and many who have been lucky enough see them view them as one of the tightest and exciting live acts around today.
Pitchfork sheer calamity and deliriously fun supercharged, sugar-rush hardcore with breathless vocals, pogo-ing rhythms, and torrential DayGlo riffs the fire of Love Is Short recalls a lineage of patriarchy-scorching girl-gang shrieks, from the Slits' Shoplifting to Bikini Kill's Liar and beyond.
i-D Their Riot Grrrl attitudes and passion for noise-rock make them stand out as true renegades in the underground scene.
NPR Music The Kyoto-based Otoboke Beaver takes in the history of Japanese punk and runs with scissors in hand towards the bonkers-noise of early Boredoms, Afrirampo's uninhibited avant-punk, and the revved-up garage-rock of Shonen Knife...Punk is rarely this charmingly vicious.
Say Sue Me (Busan, Korea)
Jaeyoung Ha (Bass) and Byungkyu Kim (guitar) have been friends since 5th grade. They met drummer Semin Kang and played in bands together since winter of 2012. On meeting Sumi Choi, they immediately offered her a spot as the vocalist in a new band that would become Say Sue Me. Sumi turned out to be a natural at song writing. Semin sadly suffered trauma from a fall during the making of their second album. New drummer Changwon Kim stands in while they await Semin's recovery.
Following well-anticipated showcases at SXSW in 2018, they released sophomore album 'Where We Were Together' and a Record Store Day special covers EP 'It's Just A Short Walk!' and the "Just Joking Around" single and Christmas EP with 2 European tours. Their blend of indie rock, dream pop and surf has been widely met with critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, The Fader, Stereogum, NPR, Lauren Laverne, Gideon Coe and Tom Ravenscroft on BBC6Music, KEXP, i-D, Dazed, ELLE and many more.
Pitchfork delicate, bruising music about indecision and loneliness (and lots of drinking).
Billboard Korean indie quartet Say Sue Me is on the up-and-up
NPR jangly indie-pop, handclap-rich girl-group classics and the lightly rumbling sounds of early surf-rock. At once stylish and timeless
Stereogum evokes late-album indie-rock epics such as Yo La Tengo's We're An American Band or Pavement's Fillmore Jive"
KEXP jangle-pop hooks, stunning vocal melodies, and intricate guitarwork that stands up proudly against some of their influences like Yo La Tengo and Pavement