BRATS – Kimarigoto

BRATS rock back into action…

Rock outfit BRATS have released the video for new song ‘Kimarigoto’ proving the rock trio still have the chops to deliver a powerful tune. The track is a new studio recording of a live song (which had also featured on the Limited Edition release of Ainikoiyo/Nounai Shoukyo Game in 2017.

It’s been a troubling time for Rei Kuromiyama of late. Having to deal with throat problems coupled with her departure from The Idol Formerly Known As LADYBABY have all taken their toll. But BRATS has always been the band that Rei, alongside sister Aya (bass) and Hinako (guitar), appears to have felt most comfortable in.

‘Kimarigoto’, not surprisingly, deals with the idea of moving forward as Rei explains: “The lyrics are important to all of us right now at this current stage. If we’re not careful, we might all end up living through the same moment again and again in life, so we hope this song gives you power to be yourself and move forward”.

The video itself was shot at remote locations, including the Yamba Dam construction site and the abandoned Taishi station in Gunma prefecture. “I was probably the most excited out of all of us to complete this music video, since we haven’t made one in such a long time” comments Aya, “I’m really happy our fans can finally see it. We put little messages in the details and a lot of thought into the color and speed of each shot.”

Meanwhile, Hinako adds “It’s a heavy rock song, but we wanted to add powerful performances and cinematography to it so everyone could feel the song’s power the same way we feel it.”

There’s certainly a heavier feel to ‘Kimarigoto’ that was perhaps missing from earlier releases. It demonstrates an energised BRATS and suggests that the band are back on track.

Rei’s throat issues saw her taking time out from music last October, resulting in some of the BRATS plans (including live shows) being put on hold. Those plans are being put back in action now (utilising the hashtag #BratsIsBack on social media) which shows that BRATS are keen to make up for lost time.