Japan’s Crossfaith has announced the release of a brand new EP titled Species.
The EP will be released Friday 22 May through UNFD.
The five-track offering features recent single, Endorphin, as well as new track you can check out today: Digital Parasite.
The opening track Digital Parasite sees the band getting heavy. Crossfaith vocalist Kenta Koie explains “I felt an explosion from the song and I knew the lyrics should be aggressive and offensive, people selling their soul to get fame. We need to be honest to the music, to ourselves and to our audience but some people are happy to start cheating and I don’t care for it.”
Koie continues “Playing heavy music is how I feel alive. We want Crossfaith to be the band making music that no one has ever heard before.” The new EP from its opening battle cry of Digital Parasite through the unifying anthem of Truth of Insanity to Your Song’s glitching sorrow, the Species EP sees Crossfaith breaking new ground.
Crossfaith has a history of working with their peers, Enter Shikari, Beartooth and Ho99o9 have all appeared on previous releases, but there are more new adventures to be had on Species. None of Your Business sees them team up with Jin Dogg, a rapper from their hometown of Osaka for an explosive meeting of minds. “That song’s about straight-up anger. So many people are fuelled by jealousy and I know the most important thing is to push forward but those people bother me, so this song is about telling them to shut their fucking mouth. It’s very straight forward,” Shares Koie. “Plus you can learn Japanese from Jin Dogg’s verse.”
The closing track, Your Song, is not an Elton John cover explains Koie but it is “the most emotional Crossfaith song of all time. It’s about the emptiness and sorrow of a time that will not return,” whether that’s death or the loss of a friendship or a lover. “It’s about farewell. I feel sadness but those emotions make me strong and teach me to not take things for granted. It’s not a ballad but it is a very beautiful song. I think people will be surprised by it.”
And surprising people is exactly what Crossfaith want to do, even after eleven years of making music. “That’s the main role of the band,” promises Koie. “I hope,” he continues before deciding on a more forceful word, “Actually, I believe this EP will set the course for the band for the next ten years. We’ve already started making more new music. We’re not going to stop.”