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"January 1st"
single by Coldrain
from the album The Side Effects
Released 2019
Format Digital download
Recorded Orlando, Florida, United States at Studio Barbarosa
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:40
Label Warner Music Japan
Songwriter(s) Masato Hayakawa
Producer Michael Baskette
Singles chronology
January 1st
The Side Effects

January 1st (stylised as JANUARY 1ST) is a song by Japanese rock band Coldrain. It is the third single and sixth track on their sixth studio album The Side Effects, produced by Michael Baskette, written by Masato Hayakawa and was released on 8 August, 2019.

"January 1st" is the first ever soft song by the band to ever be released as a single.


Two singles, "Revolution" and "Coexist" were previously released for the The Side Effects. "January 1st" would become the third and last single to be released prior to the release of the album.

Meaning and lyrics

"January 1st" is written about Hayakawa's dog, who passed away on January 1, 2019. Struggling to cope with his loss, who felt like family to him, he wrote the song to cope about how he could not let go for someone he loved dearly and had many memories of. As a result of this, the chorus would be a direct reference to how Hayakawa felt about it.

Hayakawa would directly request "January 1st" to be a single and a music video released by the band. This would prove to ambitious, as it would be the first slow song by the band to ever be released as a single.

Music video

The music video was released alongside the single on August 8, 2019.

The video starts out with frontman, Masato Hayakawa, walking up from the ocean on the beach during the night to join his bandmates to perform the song. Flames from campfires surround the band as they perform. These scenes are intertwined with Hayakawa singing the song during the day on an escalator, under a bridge, and in the sea on the same beach while also scaling up stairs in a well which symbolises moving on.


Charts (2019) Peak
Japanese Daily Hot 100 57
Japanese Weekly 74