MIND ON FIRE and WOTGODFORGOT Present
Lite, 54 - 71, Go Lebanon. The Ram and Shackle, Wilmslow Road. £5 on the door Tuesday 14th October
“Following on from successive tours in the UK, Europe and Ireland in 2006 and 2007 Japanese post rock/math rock band Lite announce a 2008 tour to promote their exceedingly good and well received album Phantasia (Transduction Records).
The album and the band attract obvious comparisons with Battles because of their complex time signatures and technical ability and also with fellow countrymen Mono because they rely on instrumentals to engage their audience. Their recent Fuji Rock Festival appearance gave the band a major career boost and they now enjoy a worldwide reputation.
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.
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 humor. 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, Enon and Unsane.
Go Lebanon is an experimental punk band from Manchester which draws from a varied range of influences. Formed in 2005 GLs sound is an uneasy mix of Jazz, Metal and Post Rock. Go Lebanon is part of the Mind on Fire collective.
Tues 14th October
£5 on the door.
PLEASE NOTE THIS WAS ORIGINALLY AT UPPERSPACE BUT IS NOW AT THE RAM AND SHACKLE, 393 Wilmslow Road