Grind and mincecore band Bathtub Shitter was formed by Masato and drummer Keisuke in Osaka, Japan in 1996. The group issued several demos and singles and played single shows in its homeland. These included a 10” mini LP called Wall Of World Is Words through Germany’s Ferewell Records in 2000 (released on CD in 2004 by Power It Up), a split 7” with Dudman in 1998 (featuring female guitarist Mari) and a collection of recording in 2005 entitled Early Yeah(s).
The band has played the Fuck The Commerce show in 2003 and toured Europe in 2004. The band made it to the USA in late 2006.
BATHTUB SHITTER – DANCEHALL GRIND – SHIT JAM
Depending on one’s point-of-view, the song playing or one’s favourite style Dancehall Grind can be a grinding masterpiece or, the band would forgive my transparent plagiarization, a real piece of shit.
The Japanese grinders have a fetish for fecal matter, which aside from their delightful monicker, comes across in songs like Re-Shit, Everybody Has The Wet, PS From BS or Rest In Piss. The band’s tender feelings are especially strong during the acoustic strum of Shit Drop. Vocally, though, is where the action is and where the band might find a few naysayers. While half the vocals are of the growling variety, the other half comes across as if grindcore has mutated and passed from the human species to the mouse genus. Masato’s shrieks are either inspired by a mouse with a crushed scrotum or simply influenced by Macabre. Perhaps those two things are really one and the same. The band grinds with conviction, yet a song like Time Out slows down (for a second or two), while Stihs Latem redefines the concept of backward messaging. Dancehall Grind is the stuff of discotheque lavatory dreams. – Ali “The Metallian”