Sine of the Times: Celebrating Math through Math Rock Music
Breaking free from standard time-signatures, Math Rock came into its own with asymmetrical time signatures of 7/8, 11/8 and 13/8. The result? — Pure aural intoxication. Chaotic, melodic, but always stimulating to the senses; the unique genre redefines the angular relationship between time and space in ultra-creative sounds. It is truly the sound of this zeitgeist.
Heading the line-up is LITE (Japan), hailed as “one of Japan’s top instrumental rock acts”. Founded in 2003, LITE has successfully toured the US, UK and Asia with their brand of sonic artistry that combines the precision and musicianship of Prog-Rock with the emotionally charged cinematic compositions of art rock, in a heavier, more modern package that they describe as math rock.
The line-up features home-grown Singapore band Forests, with their heady blend of math rock, pop (and even emo) and grab a chance to catch our very own NUS bands in rock heaven.
Check this space for updates on your favourite NUS bands that will be joining LITE and Forests on stage.
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 is 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 20120’s Past, Present, Future, which featured Caroline Lufkin from Mice Parade. LITE joined the Topshelf roster with a re-issue of their 2014 album, Installation, which also marked their first proper U.S. release.
Since forming in mid-2014, Forests have gained a cult following of listeners through their EP and LP releases. Their reputation for riotous, frantic and fun live performances has lead the band from performing in intimate club shows in Singapore to legendary venues abroad in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Malaysia. Blending 90s-influenced emo with math-pop perfection, the Forests sound is a familiar yet excitingly fresh breath of rock that continues to win over audiences across the globe