Grotus is a four piece heavy
music band from San Francisco. Their sound incorporates lots of drums, 2
bass players, throaty vocals, guitar, and tons of sampled sounds of
everything from yodeling pygmy trios to cartoon music to power tools.
Lyrical themes include steroids in cows, drugs in people, humans in nature,
war as entertainment, Zen, cosmetic surgery, cancer, environmental
destruction, radical history, and so forth. Performances include projected
video, huge volume, hair, sweat, Star Trek bits, smoke, and a healthy dose of
Grotus was formed in
November 1989 as a three piece by guitar victims Fox, Tanner, and Carson.
Intent on doing something different, the trio got some samplers and began to
make sample-based music-soundtrack/collage/crush-rock with a strong political
bent. Grotus added a live drummer, Bruce Boyd, in March '91 and
quickly gained a strong local following, leading to opening slots for
national touring acts including Nine Inch Nails, Mr. Bungle,
Jesus Lizard, and Consolidated. They released two singles and
appeared on two compilations before releasing their debut full length work,
Brown, in November 1991. Then followed their first U.S. tour,
supporting Mr. Bungle, in March and April '92. The previously scorned
guitar began making an occasional cameo, beginning an evolution into the
heavier locomotive rhythms present on Grotus' Spirit EP,
Luddite, released February, '93.
band has since gone their separate ways, but the music still remains!