Damnably – April 26th

Due to their chimeric sound, personal aliases, and skewed Western press that assumes a band made up of women must be totalled as feminist, Kyoto’s Otoboke Beaver are righteously “punk as fuck” and still alluringly enigmatic. Six new songs present themselves on Iketoma Hits among tracks from Love Is Short and Bakuro Book EPs, most of which have been cleaned up for the occasion and feature new contributions from drummer Kahokiss. Yet the running order – far from betraying itself as a compilation – is extremely tight and makes for a wholly mind-blowing listen. If the eighteen-second and aptly titled ‘Mean’ makes you to question what this noise is yet draws you to listen further, you’re perhaps on the right track. Iketoma Hits, and it hits hard.

Buy: Otoboke Beaver – Iketoma Hits