LITE are an instrumental quartet from Tokyo, Japan, along the lines of THE REDNECK MANIFESTO. They return after playing to a full house here last October. The last twelve months have been eventful for Tokyo-based instrumentalists LITE. After the critical acclaim for their debut "Filmlets", the band have toured Japan constantly and embarked on their second UK & Ireland tour last September. Following an appearance at Fuji Rock Festival, the quartet released a split CD with Funanori (Go! Team guitarist Kaori Tsuchida and Mike Watt) and teamed up with Watt again in February this year to host his Brother's Sister's Daughter Japan tour.
Although darker in parts to its predecessor, "Phantasia" runs the gamut from Crimson-esque jazz-rock to full-scale guitar assault as on "Contra" or the blistering opener "Ef" which has been re-recorded and reignited with the fury of its live rendition.
"Captivating from start to finish, Phantasia comes highly recommended" - Rock Sound
"Mind-bendingly complex guitar tessellations and frenetic polyrhythms forming an endless series of thrillingly complex patterns" - Uncut
"LITE, like Battles, have twisted and turned the formula on its head to deliver a genuinely exciting instrumental album that finally makes post-rock respectable again" - Rock-a-Rolla
They will be joined by 54-71. For almost a decade, 54-71 have been ferociously touring in and out of Japan, justifying their reputation as one of the most groundbreaking bands that have ever come out of the country. Formed in 1995, Shingo Sato (vocals), Takuya Takada (guitar), Hiroyuki Horikawa (drums) and Kentaro Kawaguchi (bass) are set to release their eight full length album, "I'm Not Fine, Thank You. And You?", which was recorded at Electrical Audio in Chicago with Steve Albini and is their first to be officially issued outside Japan. Always wowing audiences with their sheer concentration and explosive energy on stage, they are said to have one of the tightest rhythm sections in the world, playing distinctively stoic yet juicy beats, with influences ranging from hip hop to soul to funk and to rock. This is complemented with carefully placed guitar lines and inimitable blasts of rapping, which goes back and forth between thrilling tension and sly humour. Simply put, they utilize minimal means to maximum effect. The strength of their live performances has to be seen to be believed, and has so far led them to tour Japan and US with the likes of Deerhoof and Battles. They have also been invited to share the bill with a wide range of artists including The Roots, Why?, Joanna Newsom, Hella, Gang Gang Dance, No Age, Om and Unsane.
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