Branding themselves as “America’s own Japanese Rock band”, Phoenix Ash represents a harmonious blend of Western and Eastern Rock music.
Now, that’s an unusual statement, so let’s explore what that involves. Simply put, Sean’s vocals reach high notes with ease like Toshl from X Japan, whom Sean cites as influential. Likewise, the instrumentalists produce a hard symphonic rock sound like SIAM SHADE, especially in songs such as Wake Up and Alive.
Formed in 2005, the band changed vocalist with Sean Chen joining in 2013. Three years later in 2016, the band made its debut in Japan with the album, Cross The Blue. This album featured five original tracks and four covers of classic Jrock songs, including Chiisana Koi no Uta (小さな恋のうた) by Mongol800. As for their latest activity, the band has put out their latest single, RAIN, on July 4 this year.
Ticking all the boxes on the Jrock-inspired checklist, the RAIN music video was filmed in an abandoned landmark—typical of many other recent Jrock music video locations—and the band performs with colorful hair, light makeup, and wild choreography. Composition-wise, RAIN marks a brave departure from the band’s previous classic hard rock sound. With complex guitar riffs, drum patterns, and synth, RAIN will summon the anime protagonist in you, ready to kick butt!
Finally, if you are into artists such as SIAM SHADE, D-SHADE, and KIMERU, then Phoenix Ash will definitely not disappoint! Make sure to check them out on Spotify and stay tuned for their next release!