Autopsy Report of Drowned Shrimp

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If there was a Weird Band Olympics, Japan would rack up medals like some monster combination of Chinese swimmers, Norwegian skiers and U.S. men’s basketball players. Every time we think we’ve found the musical pinnacle of Japanese weirdness, somebody points us to another band that makes the other ones look like Air Supply.

So with that, we give you a band from Osaka called Oboreta Ebi No Kenshi Houkokusyo, which translates to “Autopsy Report of Drowned Shrimp” or possibly “The Autopsy Report of a Drowned Shrimp” or maybe even “An Autopsy Report of Shrimp Drowning.” They’re seven(ish)-member experimental jazz/funk band who dress up in giant shrimp masks with light-up eyes and play long, droney jam sessions that sorta sound like The Residents meets Primus meets a Japanese horror movie soundtrack. Their leader, who seems to be known as Boss Shrimp, plays something called a Kydd bass, which looks like a Chapman Stick but is really just a super stripped-down upright bass mounted on a tripod. He’s like a Japanese Les Claypool with that thing, only he’s wearing a giant fucking shrimp mask.

And that’s pretty much all we know about them. There’s virtually no English about these guys on the web. We did manage to track down their official website, which is all in Japanese, and with the help of Google translator, we got this description of the band:

Shrimp head, human body. Identity … is a mystery. Multi-group leader Art [Phantom], led by shrimp drowned. Participate in a number of musicians and performers in Japan has been revamped to human shrimp. The number of members is unspecified.

From what heavy music such as music monster movie, anime cartoon comical things like run around rapidly, its means of expression are diverse techno innocent.

All members, wearing a mask – a very elaborate shrimp. Difference, protean, infinite variety and musical instruments also configure the number of members in each performance. Live, called the “Report” and has a reputation to produce three-dimensional that you take full advantage of the floor and other seats as well as stage, exclamation from celebrities from various fields, there are many voices of praise.

All clear? Good.

Fortunately, you don’t need a translator to enjoy videos of the Drowned Shrimp in action. As you’ll see from the clips below, their live show is pretty insane. If anyone knows anything else about these guys, please tell us, because they seriously might be our new favorite band. Big ups to reader Oscar for turning us on to them. You’re right, Oscar…it doesn’t get any weirder than this:



13 thoughts on “Autopsy Report of Drowned Shrimp

  1. Nica Zampedro

    Hey! I was wondering if I could update the Drowned Shrimps information! I am a huge fan of the band for years and their music style and their overall look has completely changed, Please let me know ok? I just really love these guys 🙂

      1. Nica Zampedro

        First of all, their band name officially changed to The Drowned Shrimps (溺れたエビ!). Their music is now more in the EDM, psychedelic/dance genre.
        Here’s a brief description of the band from their new, official website: “Formed in Kyoto in 2001 by Yamamoto – Kei (Yamamoto Yoshi) “Drowned shrimp!
        A music performance unit composed of selected members from time to time.
        All members, wearing an elaborate shrimp mask, develop a unique live performance.
        Live “= a ritual celebrating ritual” concept of a festival by a masked tribe.
        Expression means range from dance such as funk, techno, electronica and songs using club system to heavy orchestration.
        Not only songs but also trademark shrimp masks, some musical instruments, costumes etc. are also produced / announced as “works”.
        In 2016, at the milestone of the 15th anniversary of the formation, the same year 3rd album “Bukubuku Pi! Bukubuku Poo! Bukubukupapppo!” Was announced
        from the “Report of the Death of a Drowned Shrimp” from “The Drowned Shrimp!” change to.”
        Official website link:
        You can find great, more-recent footage of these guys on YouTube. I recommened the following videos:

        I can’t really say anything else. Just look at their website and YouTube videos. Not only that, check out their social media pages. They have an Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. That’s all I have for ya! You can add more information just by checking out the other stuff they have on their pages and such.

      2. Nica Zampedro

        Hi. Just letting you know that I provided new information on the Drowned Shrimps! Please let me know if you update this article on the band. Like I’ve said before, I love these guys with all of my heart and would love to see them updated on here 🙂

  2. Beautiful! I just had to have some of their music and even managed to find it on iTunes. Really good stuff. And by the way, great page you have, I’ll be back!

  3. How bout a contest where the winner is awarded a recording from each band on the list? This band seems special, so I’m putting this here. I’m ordering some of their stuff. Contest. I’d certainly enter and if I won, it would make my millennium! Keep up the good work, boys.

  4. Sali

    I doubt it’s “An Autopsy Report of Shrimp Drowning.” because then they would use the -te iru form of to drown 溺れている. But they use the past tense 溺れた. So I’d go with Drowned Shrip’s Autopsy Report.

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