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LITE is a Japanese instrumental rock band known for thrilling and emotional compositions, progressive, edgy riffs and complex rhythms. Widely regarded for their explosive live show and tireless touring in the US, Europe and Asia, LITE are one of the most exciting bands to emerge from Japan in the last decade.
The quartet, who is entering their 14th year together, boasts a tremendous back catalog of four full-length albums and six EPs, including 2010’s Illuminate (recorded with John McEntire) and 2012's Past Present Future, which featured Caroline from Mice Parade. 2014's Installation was their first proper U.S. release, and we were excited to make that happen for the band.
On their fifth album, Cubic, released in November on Topshelf Records, LITE creates music with a heartbeat. The album was mixed at Machines With Magnets by Keith Souza (Battles) and mastered by Heba Kadry (!!!, Prefuse 73, The Mars Volta) at Timeless Mastering in New York.
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"The cover of Mouse on the Keys’ ‘Saigo No Bansan’ goes beyond the expected structures of math rock into epic territory more than once."
-Echoes and Dust
"Acolytes of Don Caballero, Parts & Labor and the like, rejoice! Even without vocals, the band packs plenty of potent, progressive punches."
"Despite their ludicrously tight and impossibly technical musicianship, Tokyo band LITE walks a fine line between autistic guitar-noodle perfectionism and genuine organic "holy shit that's cool" exhibitionist thrills."
"Japanese cult heroes LITE make sure that each blow counts. Known for their explosive live shows, the band's jagged yet infectious rhythms contribute to their deeply physical feel."