Japanese Math Rockers LITE Return for 2014 Tour

Tipped as one of Japan’s best instrumental bands by the Japan Times, and with almost annual European tours under their belts, it was really only a matter of time until LITE were picked up by a British record label. Now, signed under London’s Blood and Biscuits, the mind-mangling quartet will return to Europe once more, this time brandishing their first proper UK release at the same time!

On 3 February, the day before their 12-date tour kicks off, new album Installation will be unleashed in four different packages; CD, 12-inch vinyl, digital download with a swanky shirt, or CD, vinyl and the digital album altogether. All are open for pre-order right now by clicking here. In the meantime, here are those tour dates, plus LITE’s latest music video; Bond.

LITE Europe Tour 2014:
04.02.2014 – Le Ferrailleur, Nantes [FRANCE]
05.02.2014 – Espace B, Paris [FRANCE]
06.02.2014 – W2, Den Bosch [NETHERLANDS]
07.02.2014 – Charlatan, Gent [BELGIUM]
08.02.2014 – Festival La Ferme, Louvain-la-Neuve [BELGIUM]
09.02.2014 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds [ENGLAND]
10.02.2014 –  Workan’s Club, Dublin [IRELAND]
11.02.2014 – Stereo, Glasgow [SCOTLAND]
12.02.2014 – Flapper, Birmingham [ENGLAND]
13.02.2014 – Bishop Street Church, Leicester [ENGLAND]
14.02.2014 – Jazzhouse, Copenhagen [DENMARK]
15.02.2014 – Electrowerkz, London [ENGLAND]

Zankyo UK Releases Tokyo Post-Rock Instrumentalists te’s Fifth Album

Zankyo Record is possibly the coolest name in Japan’s indie guitar scene. It’s a powerhouse that sticks two-fingers up at mainstream rock music, and instead carves its own route, nourishing artists that posses a certain sound and mentality, and in turn creates its own little niche in the market. And now the label’s going international by setting up Zankyo UK, based here in London.

Amongst Zankyo UK’s first releases is the blinding new album from te’ (or té, take your pick). However, you won’t be finding it in any shops. Instead if you want to sample it or buy it, you’ll have toddle over to Zankyo UK’s bandcamp page. There, it’s available to buy on vinyl (including a digital copy) for £14, or just digitally for £11 and in nearly any format you desire (MP3, FLAC, etc). The Japanese version (which is the same but with all song titles in Japanese) is available from iTunes. No CD though. CDs aren’t very indie.

The album’s a fantastic demonstration of Japanese post rock and instrumental music. With the likes of LITE, MONO, toe and even Boris, to an extant, already carving their place in the UK, is there room for te’? Absolutely yes. The album, which we’ll just shorten the title of to ‘Therefore‘ (see below for the full name), is track-after-track of energy, madness and expression – all without a single word being spoken. That said (hah), their track titles are longer than most pop song lyrics… Check out their bandcamp page and have a listen to the album in full. Here’s some information on ‘Therefore‘.


Inappropriately Long Album Title: Therefore, the illusion of density breach, the tottering world “forget” tomorrow

Inappropriately Long-winded Tracklisting:
The pleasure of life is the “inoculation” of death and the raw power with which we walk to the end (3:34)
02. Magic smoulders in the depths of optimism as the remnant of “sin” conceived by the collective unconscious of a million people (3:44)
03. Realize that morality is a device of power, and “shackles” the ultimate freedom of the people (4:59)
04. With the fluctuation of a “string”, is spun a pattern of diversity, so the transient ensemble plays (4:06)
05. The seeker, the inhabitant of the chromatic scale world, wandering in the relative events of the “middle tier” (5:04)
06. A honeymoon of “particles” in the obscure is the mortal coil of my sparkling, momentary existence (4:08)
07. Having fun at the boundary of the continuous and the discontinuous, the thread of life “sacrifice” a plaything (3:25)
08. “Convulsive” beauty in sound is the horror of the body beyond the idea to visit the wild (4:27)
09. The dream world does not fear the “censorship” of gravity as the ethereal body breaks through from the closed inside (4:00)
10. I am a dip in the river. The current flows through but ripples remain. The “dynamic” order (7:54)
11. Only the obstinate roar to reject money violates the taboo. “Shout” in meditation (1:21)


Here’s the video to ‘Magic smoulders in the depths of optimism as the remnant of “sin” conceived by the collective unconscious of a million people’:


toe Sell Out XOYO Ahead of First UK Show

toe (with a little ‘t’) will hit the UK for the first time on Sunday 23 September, and the four-piece post rock outfit have already sold out the show at London XOYO. To celebrate their first show in Great Britain, the much celebrated instrumental band will headline an all-day show with support from the likes of This Town Needs Guns, Enemies and six other bands (plus DJs). The Facebook Event page for the show can be found here.

toe consists of Kashikura Takashi on drums, Mino Takaaki on guitar, Yamane Satoshi on bass guitar, and Yamazaki Hirokazu on guitar. The unit combines elements of math, post, indie, jazz and a whole load of other modifiers that can be attached to ‘rock’. We’ve attached the video to one of our favourite tracks below.

The band’s latest EP, The Future Is Now, is available in the UK on CD, vinyl and in MP3 format from Amazon.co.uk. They’re also available on Spotify.

Two of their prior albums are available from Amazon MP3, though you’ll have to rely on pricey (and-taking-the-piss) import prices if you want them and other toe albums on CD. Click on the following album titles to check them out on the Amazon MP3 store.
songs, ideas we forgot
For Long Tomorrow

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