The Predators (Japanese band)

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The Predators
Origin Japan
Years active 2005–present
Labels Three Mountain, Avex Trax
Associated acts The Pillows, Glay, Ellegarden, Straightener
Members Sawao Yamanaka
Yoshihito "Jiro" Wayama
Hirotaka Takahashi
Past members Shinpei Nakayama

The Predators (typeset as THE PREDATORS) is a Japanese rock supergroup formed in 2005 by Sawao Yamanaka (The Pillows), Yoshihito "Jiro" Wayama (Glay) and Shinpei Nakayama (Straightener). In 2010 Nakayama left and was replaced by Hirotaka Takahashi (Ellegarden). Originally on their own record label Three Mountain, name chosen because all three original members have the word "yama" (mountain) in their last name, they signed to Avex Trax in 2008.


Jiro became a fan of The Pillows during the "Runners High" tour in 1999, and he and Sawao Yamanaka became good friends. In 2001, Jiro and Sawao did a cover session of Nirvana together, they wanted to work together. In 2004, Jiro participated in the recording of The Pillows' 15th anniversary tribute album Synchronized Rockers, where he met Shinpei Nakayama, saw his drumming style and thought he was quite talented. And so when the chance came, Jiro and Sawao asked Shinpei if he wanted to form a band together.

The formation of The Predators was officially announced in print and on radio on May 14, 2005. Their debut mini-album Hunting!!! was released on July 6, 2005 and debuted at number 5 on the Oricon chart. After the release of the mini-album and participation in some festivals, the band went sabbatical as members continued their main bands' activities.

On August 17 and 18, 2007, The Predators returned with a performance at the "Rising Sun Rock Festival". On October 15, 2008, the band released its second mini-album, Kiba wo Misero, which debuted at number 4 on the Oricon chart. The band played the tour "Shoot the Moon" during October and November. In 2010, the band announced the departure of Shinpei and the entry of Hirotaka Takahashi (Ellegarden). On August 4, the band released its third mini-album This World, which debuted at number 7 on the Oricon chart.


Former members[edit]

  • Shinpei Nakayama (ナカヤマシンペイ) – drums (Straightener)


  • Hunting!!! (July 6, 2005)
  1. "Bakuon Drop"
  2. "Recall Me"
  3. "Dizzy Life"
  4. "Sleepy Dragon"
  5. "Mustang Hippy"
  6. "Lizard Man"
  7. "Last Hunting"
  • Kiba wo misero (October 15, 2008)
  1. "Rock'N'Roll Lay Down"
  2. "C.R.S"
  3. "Live Drive"
  4. "Shoot the Moon"
  5. "Gun Lock"
  6. "Island"
  7. "Wild Tiger"
  • This World (August 4, 2010)
  1. "Brain Cally"
  2. "Trip Rock"
  3. "This World"
  4. "The Requiem (Without the Titles)"
  5. "Desperate Donor"
  6. "Good by Goblin"
  7. "Tyrant"
  • Monster in my head (August 1, 2012)
  1. "God Game"
  2. "Monster in my head"
  3. "Risky Revolution"
  4. "Crazy Babar"
  5. "Mission"
  6. "Hurry up! Jerry!"
  7. "Monkeyshine"
  • Rock'N'Roll Pandemic (August 26, 2015)
  1. "Nightless City"
  2. "Smoky Surf Shop Boogie"
  3. "Laid Back Boys Blue"
  4. "Walk on This Way!"
  5. "Start!"
  6. "Bite and Fight!"
  7. "Typhoon Jenny"


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