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 twenty years.

Entering their 16th year together, LITE boasts a tremendous back catalog of five full-length albums and six EPs, including 2010's Illuminate (Recorded with John McEntire) and 2012's Past, Present, Future, which featured Caroline Lufkin from Mice Parade. We were honored to welcome LITE to the Topshelf roster with a re-issue of their 2014 album, Installation, which also marked their first proper U.S. release.

The prolific quartet's latest offering, Blizzard, is a 7" single that showcases the band's renowned style of cinematic, melodically rampant math rock. Side A explores a host of stylistic influences, with skittering call-and-response guitars building over an electronic drum loop into a shimmering climax that consumes the listener like a blizzard. B side, "Zone," returns to the signature urgency of LITE, crashing straight into a breakneck, noodling ostinato that perfectly captures the group's cinematic style of composition.


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Nobuyuki Takeda
Kozo Kusumoto
Jun Izawa
Akinori Yamamoto




"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."

Available LITE merch:

  • LITE - Cubic
  • LITE - Cubic Shirt
    Cubic Shirt
  • LITE - Cubic Poster
    Cubic Poster
  • LITE / mouse on the keys - Split
    LITE / mouse on the keys
  • LITE - Big Logo shirt
    Big Logo Shirt
  • LITE - Installation
  • LITE - Logo T-Shirt
    Logo T-Shirt