FiRESiGN is a Japanese indie metal band from East Village, New York consisting of Hiroshima-born Aya (lyricist, vocals) and Hokkaido’s-own Masaki Yamada (songwriter, bass).


In 1997, during her sophomore year at Berklee College of Music, Aya entered the Internet age and began publishing a personal web page called, FiRESiGNMUSiC. The site, hosted on WebTV, was a rudimentary online journal intended to introduce Aya to the world. However, it quickly fell into disuse as services like America Online and chatroom instant messaging gained popularity. One such message, received during the spring of 2001, informed Aya of a performance by Masaki Yamada at The Red Zone, a rock-n-roll venue in the Middle Village area of Queens. The two met at the event, and upon meeting, discovered that in addition to a mutual interest in music, they also shared a professional relationship with vocal instructor Don Lawrence. Subsequently, that night’s encounter evolved into a series of jam sessions at another Queens venue, Castle Heights.

Two months later, as Masaki was cycling through Lower Manhattan past the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center, tragedy struck… The date was September 11, 2001. In the weeks and months that followed, Aya and Masaki put down on paper the feelings of angst, anger, and uncertainty that had made a home in their hearts since that morning’s attack. Eager to express those feelings through music, they agreed to release a single that while written in dedication to the memory of the dead could serve equally as a celebration of the resilience of the living.

Using the name from her original web page, Aya and Masaki began composing a repertoire of original songs; the first of which was a promotional CD titled, Rise from the Ashes: an anthem against adversity, released on September 11th, 2002. Heavily influenced by the raw and soulful sounds of Janis Joplin, yet equally enthralled by the energy and mastery of bands like Metallica and Motorhead, Aya and Masaki began writing and recording other songs in order to develop their own unique style. They later adopted a practice recruiting mercenary musicians to assist them in the studio,  and perform live shows whenever necessary.