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Rovo at Moers Festival 2004, Germany
Background information
OriginTokyo, Japan
GenresPost-rock, psychedelic, avant-garde, electronic, trance
Years active1996–present
LabelsSony Music Entertainment, Warner Indies Network, Tzadik
Associated actsBoredoms, System 7
MembersSeiichi Yamamoto
Yuji Katsui
Tatsuki Masuko
Yasuhiro Yoshigaki
Jin Harada
Youichi Okabe

Rovo is a Japanese instrumental band founded in 1996 in Tokyo by former Boredoms guitarist Seiichi Yamamoto, Bondage Fruit electric violinist Yuji Katsui, and synthesizer/effects technician Tatsuki Masuko, and featuring Yasuhiro Yoshigaki on drums and percussion, Youichi Okabe on drums and percussion, and Jin Harada on bass guitar. Rovo defines their music as "man-drive trance," and many of their compositions have a repetitive minimalism, blended with progressive rock and psychedelic music, in the style of 1970s band Gong. They collaborated with Gong guitarist Steve Hillage's group System 7 on the 2013 album "Phoenix Rising".


  • Pico! (1998), Sony Music Entertainment
  • Imago (1999), Sony Music Entertainment
  • Pyramid (2000), Sony Music Entertainment
  • Sai (2001), Hi-Fidelity Flag Disc/Warner Indies Network
  • Sino / Pan-American Beef Stake Art Federations split 12" with Date Course Pentagon Royal Garden (2001), P-Vine Records
  • Tonic 2001 live double album (2002), Tzadik Records
  • Flage (2002), Hi-Fidelity Flag Disc/Warner Indies Network
  • Mon (2004), Hi-Fidelity Flag Disc/First Aid Network
  • Condor (2006), Wonderground Music
  • Nuou (2008), Wonderground Music
  • Ravo (2010), Wonderground Music
  • Phase (2012),
  • Phoenix Rising (2013) with System 7, a-wave
  • XI (2016), Wonderground Music

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