Malaysian rock band Kyoto Protocol have released ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’, their first new material since 2018.
On June 10, the band released a music video directed by the band’s drummer Shanjeev. The clip collects pre-pandemic footage of the band as perform gigs across the country, including in Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu.
The video ends with a note from the group. “We really miss playing shows. And we miss you even more,” they wrote. “But hey! Nothing Lasts Forever. Not even COVID-19.”
Watch the clip below:
The five-piece dropped the anthemic single last Thursday (June 3). ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’, which mines familiar territory for Kyoto Protocol, features plodding basslines, expressive post-punk guitars, and frontman Fuad’s baritone. It’s their first new song since 2018 album ‘The Pen Is Mightier’.
In an Instagram post, the band promoted the single with a note of encouragement for fans, “Though we find ourselves in a less-than-ideal situation, nothing lasts forever.” A press release states that the band made ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ as a tribute to fallen rock idols Chris Cornell, Kurt Cobain, and Layne Staley.
Kyoto Protocol celebrated a decade of existence last year, releasing a rockumentary and live album TEN for the occasion. The album was recorded at the band’s anniversary concert at The Bee, Publika in 2019.
In October last year, Kyoto Protocol released a cover of Linkin Park’s iconic nu-metal single ‘In The End’ to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band’s seminal ‘Hybrid Theory’ album. The cover featured additional performances from Trophy Knives’ Vinesh Muniandy and DJ Yang Yang.
Kyoto Protocol consists of Fuad (vocals/lead guitars), Gael (vocals/keyboards), Hairi (guitars), Shakeil (bass), and Shanjeev (drums). Their last full-length release was 2018’s ‘The Pen Is Mightier’.