The Protomen is an American rock band best known for composing original concept albums loosely based on the popular video game series Mega Man. The Protomen have achieved a cult following thanks, in part, to an active and vocal internet fan base, intensely theatrical live performances, and a heavy touring regimen.
“Light up the Night” is featured in Act II: The Father of Death, the second album by indie rock band The Protomen, and the follow-up to the band’s self-titled debut. The album also revisits the Mega Man-inspired rock opera concept from the band’s first album, and functions as a prequel to the first release, focusing on the relationship between Thomas Light and Albert Wily before Wily’s takeover of the city that functions as the story’s primary setting.
On September 1st, 2009, the album’s track list, cover art, and full title were revealed (previously, the band had referred to the album simply as Act II). The album was released a week later, on September 8th. The group has stated that they were largely influenced by the 1984 movie Streets of Fire.