Mouse on the Keys

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mouse on the keys
OriginTokyo, Japan
Years active2007-present
  • Akira Kawasaki (drums)
  • Daisuke Niitome (keyboards)
  • Takumi Shiroeda (Piano, Keyboards)
Past membersAtsushi Kiyota (keyboards)

mouse on the keys[1] is a Japanese post-rock band from Tokyo.[2]


mouse on the keys began in 2007 with the release of an EP titled Sezession.[3]

In 2009, mouse on the keys released their first full-length album titled An Anxious Object on "Machu Picchu Industries".[4]

In 2011, mouse on the keys released DVD of the documentation of their tour in Europe Irreversible. It directed by Minoru Kubota.

In 2012, the band released an EP titled Machinic Phylum on "Machu Picchu Industries".[5]

In 2015, the band released their second full-length album titled The Flowers of Romance on "Mule Musiq".[6][7][8]

In 2016, the band released a split with Japanese math rock band Lite on "Topshelf Records".[9] mouse on the Keys released a live album titled Live at Red Bull Studios Tokyo.[10]

In 2017, mouse on the keys released an EP on "Topshelf Records" titled Out Of Body.[11][12] mouse on the keys composed music for the exhibition "TADAO ANDO : ENDEAVORS” at the National Art Center, Tokyo. The new music written for the installation is entitled The Beginnings / The Prophecy (TADAO ANDO : ENDEAVORS version).

mouse on the keys released their third studio album titled Tres on "Topshelf Records" in 2018.[13][14]

In 2019, mouse on the keys released new single Circle on February and this track was recorded with guest musicians; Masahiro Tobita (guitar) and Yuri Kamo (guitar). Also the band released another single mind on August. Both tracks are released from their label fractrec.

Yuji Katsui (from ROVO) x mouse on the keys released the soundtrack album of NHK Special Drama ''Phone Fraud Children'' on October 2.

In 2020, mouse on the keys released new EP titled Arche on "felicity / fractrec" and "Topshelf Records".

In 2021, mouse on the keys revealed that member Atsushi Kiyota (keys) will be leaving the group. The other two members, Akira Kawasaki (drums) and Daisuke Niitome (keys) will continue to play as mouse on the keys, and are planning to add a new member. Atsushi Kiyota will be playing music individually.

In 2022, mouse on the keys announced Takumi Shiroeda (Piano, Keyboards) as the new member of the band. The band did the first live concert in three years at Hiratsuka Hall in Japan and they released limited new single CD titled "The Dawn".

Band members[edit]

  • Akira Kawasaki (drums)
  • Daisuke Niitome (keyboards)
  • Takumi Shiroeda (Piano, Keyboards)

Past Members

  • Atsushi Kiyota (keyboards)


Studio albums[edit]

  • An Anxious Object (2009, Machu Picchu Industries)
  • The Flowers of Romance (2015, Mule Musiq)
  • Tres (2018, Topshelf)


  • Sezession (2007, Machu Picchu Industries)
  • Machinic Phylum (2012, Machu Picchu Industries)
  • Out of Body (2017, Topshelf)
  • Arche (2020, Topshelf Records / felicity / fractrec)


  • "The Beginnings" / "The Prophecy" - Digital (2017, fractrec)
  • "Stars Down" - Digital / 7inch (2018, fractrec)
  • "Circle" - Digital (2019, fractrec)
  • "Mind" - Digital (2019, fractrec)
  • "The Dawn" - Limited CD (2022, fractrec)


  • Kowloon / Mouse On The Keys (2010)
  • LITE / mouse on the keys Split (2016, Topshelf Records)

Live albums[edit]

  • mouse on the keys and aku Live Session 2011/3/28 (2011)
  • Live at the Red Bull Studios Tokyo (2016, self-released)


  • Irreversible (2011, Machu Picchu Industries)


  • Yuji Katsui x mouse on the keys NHK Special Drama ''Phone Fraud Children'' Original Soundtrack (2019, SPACE SHOWER MUSIC)


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  3. ^ "MOUSE ON THE KEYS - Sezession". Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  4. ^ Boldrin, Guilherme. "Mouse On The Keys: An Anxious Object". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Interview: Japan's Mouse On The Keys on Blending Philip Glass and Helmet". Red Bull Music Academy. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  6. ^ Tan, Dylan; Yusof, Helmi. "Bowling the world over with music". Business Times. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  7. ^ "mouse on the keysの6年ぶりフルアルバム、mule musiqからリリース". Cinra. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  8. ^ Muggs, Joe (5 October 2015). "CD: Mouse On The Keys - The Flowers of Romance". The Arts Desk. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  9. ^ Gardner, Jason. "LITE/Mouse on the Keys Split". Mind Equals Blown. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  10. ^ Kun, Ao (29 February 2016). "MOUSE ON THE KEYS TO RELEASE "LIVE AT RED BULL STUDIOS TOKYO" ON EPONYMOUS TOUR". Jrock News. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  11. ^ Anthony, David (19 January 2017). "Mouse On The Keys has an Out Of Body experience on its new record". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  12. ^ Feibel, Adam. "Mouse on the Keys: Out of Body". Exclaim!. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  13. ^ "mouse on the keys // New Album 'Tres'". Topshelf Records. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  14. ^ Snitter, Luke. "Mouse on the Keys release new album "Tres"". Breaker Japan. Breaker Inc. Retrieved 29 November 2018.