Welcome Back: Coldrain
Japan’s global invasion continues with the return of electro-rock crew Coldrain.
We first spoke with Coldrain at the beginning of 2015, as their campaign to take rowdy Japanese music to the global masses began to gain momentum.
Nearly a year later, they are releasing an explosive new album, Vena, as the Japanese scene in general takes great strides towards conquering the planet: whether it’s Crossfaith, Babymetal or his own increasingly popular crew, frontman Masato David Hayakawa is thrilled to see his homeland’s reputation blossom.
“I think it took a while for our style of music and whatever scene is growing right now to really take off,” says vocalist Masato David Hayakawa. “But it’s great to see kids now getting into new material and music from us and Crossfaith, and Crystal Lake, who are another great band that have just signed a record deal. It feels like, for the first time, that people from outside of Japan are excited about albums from Japanese bands and are bringing that hype. Hopefully people will now know Japan can play heavy rock music and that we do have that ability.”
Although Masato is proud to represent his country and culture in metal, he’s also looking at a bigger picture: one where Coldrain aren’t just a great Japanese band, but a great band full stop. “I think the point is that there are bands from the US and the UK and when you watch them on YouTube or whatever, you don’t immediately know where they’re from because we’re all being influenced by the same great music,” he states. “Bands might throw a little bit of their own culture in there, but if we do anything then we want to show that you can come from a remote place and still just play the music you love.
“We don’t have to be like Babymetal or The Mad Capsule Markets and sing in Japanese. It’s all about thinking that music isn’t Japanese or American or European – it’s worldwide.”