Japan’s genre-defying Mouse On The Keys

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A blend of minimal phrased piano and dynamic drumming. The pursuit of a live experience composed of visual and audio expression. Formed in 2006, with elements of jazz, funk, post‐rock and electronic music, Mouse on the Keys fits into a genre of their own. The trio consists of two former members of the influential Japanese underground band Nine Days Wonder, Akira Kawasaki and Atsushi Kiyota. They teamed up with Daisuke Niitome, who has played drums as well as composed music for countless jazz‐funk and hip hop bands. Their unique sound, comprising two pianos, two keyboards and drums, continue to stand at the forefront of the Japanese music scene.

Mouse on the Keys split with fellow Tokyo band LITE is out September 30th. This is the first time both Japanese bands have collaborated on a release. Each band lends one original and a cover of one another’s songs. Pre-order the split on 12″ vinyl (Black, Grey, Clear & Grey Half and Half) and digitally HERE.

Both bands will make their maiden trip to the US for a run of dates along the West Coast in November. All confirmed tour dates below.


# = w/ LITE

Nov 10 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar #

Nov 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi Hat #

Nov 12 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s #

Nov 13 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s #

Nov 14 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios #

Nov 15 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret #

Nov 16 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern #

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