Comprising guitarist/vocalist Ehi, bassist Nao and drummer Yatch (the group’s sole male member), squeaky-voiced punkers Who the Bitch formed in Tokyo in 2006. Since then they have made a name for themselves with their slick, harmony-infected take on the kind of quirky, chirpy garage punk that fans of groups like Shonen Knife (Osakans like Ehi and Nao) and anything on the Benten label will probably find familiar.

Where contemporaries like TsuShiMaMiRe channel their creative energies into experimental song arrangements, Who the Bitch offer up nothing so baroque, charging ahead with Ramones/Runaways-style three-chord rock ‘n’ roll and playfully suggestive lyrics, as evidenced by the track title “Sadistic,” and the song “Cherry,” in which Ehi’s tale of lost love is coyly ambiguous about the other’s gender.

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