Kyte promise new songs, special treat for fans at upcoming gig

by Mads Berthelsen

Staff Writer

The music of indie-pop group Kyte may be created in a bedroom in Leicester, England, but the band says its spacious and electronic sound seems to resonate best with audiences in Japan.

“Fans in Japan seem to have a lot more time and patience for what we do,” lead singer Nick Moon tells The Japan Times via e-mail. “The first time we played in Japan I remember the audience being completely silent as we played, properly listening to everything we were doing, which was so humbling, as we do have quite a relaxed sound at times.”

Kyte’s upcoming concert with Norwegian band Team Me will feature a selection of new tracks. The band recently spent time in Seattle recording their next album, “Love To Be Lost,” which is set to be released on June 27 in Japan — one of Kyte’s primary markets.

The band’s second album, 2009′s “Science for the Living” achieved considerable success here, coming in at the fifth spot on Oricon’s international chart.

When first starting out in 2007, Kyte was labeled a shoegaze band, but their new work has the band creating soundscapes more influenced by pop and electro.

“I don’t think we’re an easy band to describe at times, and our sound is not massively commercial and immediate. It’s difficult to say exactly how the next album is going to sound, as it’ll be the first time we’ve taken a few weeks in a studio to build on things,” Moon says.

The three members of the group are looking forward to showcasing their new material next week in Tokyo. Those who attend the show will also be given a ticket that lets them download a song off the new album for free.

“Our set often moves from loud and big to more spacious from song to song. I always feel that when we play here, the band and the audience are all focused on the same thing — it’s a great feeling,” Moon says, comparing the experience with playing in Europe:

“It can be difficult when we play certain places in England, where people are talking loudly in quiet songs, and the atmosphere seems to get lost somewhere.”

Kyte and Team Me play Liquidroom in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, on May 9 (7:30 p.m.; ¥5,500; [03] 5464-0800). For more information, visit www.myspace.com/kyteband.