New Years Day: New Nightmare
They’re on a mission to make rock’n’roll theatrical again and have one of the most formidable young frontwomen in their ranks. Get ready for the unstoppable, spooktacular rise of New Years Day
Ash Costello is where any good upcoming young singer should be: sitting in a van, travelling to a show. “If you could shout a bit,” the New Years Day singer asks, “it’s pretty loud in here.” It’s undoubtedly going to start getting even noisier for her band, because after years of slogging around America’s toilet circuit honing their sound, and an unbelievable amount of bad luck, it looks as if New Years Day are finally on the verge of fulfilling the ambitions that they aspire to. And it’s been a hell of a mission to get there.
“When we first started the band, I didn’t know what we wanted to be,” Ash admits. “I didn’t even know who I was! I was still learning to be like, ‘This is who I am and if you don’t like it, then fuck you!’ you know? I felt like we were doing things just to please the label. You can’t do that straight away. We were just teenage kids.”
The band’s sound has undergone a significant evolution, too. Following on from the ‘hauntedhousecore’ fun and games of 2013 breakthrough Victim To Villain, their latest EP, Epidemic, continues to show that the change has been quite startling.