Wanna Rina Sawayama unleash hell with her inner demon in the freaky, nightmarish video for Frankenstein

Rina Sawayama, Frankenstein video
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Rina Sawayama lets loose her inner demon in the spooktacular horror-themed video for her new single Frankenstein.

The sixth single to be released from the Japanese-British alt. pop star's Hold The Girl album, which debuted in the UK charts at number 2 in September, pulsing dance-rocker Frankenstein opens with the memorable lyrics 'Put me together / Thread a needle / So I’m like other people / Without all of the evil' and later finds the 32-year-old singer repeating the line 'I don't wanna be a monster anymore'. The song features former Bloc Party drummer Matt Tong, who currently plays with the US-based band Algiers.

Speaking about the single to Apple Music, Sawayama said, "I had two days in the studio with [Adele/Florence and The Machine producer] Paul Epworth, and we wrote Frankenstein on the first day and [May single] This Hell on the second.

"I was writing about realising that it's not okay to give one person in your life all this baggage to deal with—whether it's a lover or a best friend or someone else close to you—and asking them to put you back together when that's not their job. I love Paul's pop production, but for me it's about the work he did with Bloc Party.

"It's actually Matt Tong playing drums on this track, which is insane. I grew up going to gigs around my area in Camden, and it was one of the best, most hedonistic and chaotic times of my life, and I wanted to reference that frantic energy. I might incite a mosh when I perform it live."

In the nightmarish video accompanying the track, Sawayama makes the ill-advised decision to attend a hedonistic party in what appears to be a haunted mansion, and inadvertently lets loose her leather-clad inner demon, who proceeds to turn up the heat with a killer dance routine, then crowd surf around the room on the hands of fellow guests. 

Watch the video below:

Sawayama has also announced a new set of European shows for 2023, starting on Valentine's Day in Brussels.

The tour will call at:

Feb 14: Brussels Ancienne Belgique, BEL
Feb 15: Paris Olympia FRA
Feb 16: Zurich Volkshaus, SWI
Feb 18: Milan Fabrique, ITA
Feb 19: Munich Muffathalle, GER
Feb 21: Utrecht Tivoli Vrendenburg, HOL
Feb 23: Warsaw Stodola, POL
Feb 24: Berlin Huxley’s Neue Welt, GER
Feb 26: Stockholm Berns, SWE
Feb 27: Oslo Rockefeller Music Hall, NOR

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.