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New Years Day Launch Stunning New Video

The good people at Noise Cartel are spoiling us today.  Hot on the heels of the announcement that Enter Shikari have added London’s Arcane Roots to the bill of their Alexandra Palace headline show later this month we are now sent the news that new Years day have launched a new video.

Without doubt new Years Day were one of my favorite new finds from last years festival season.  I saw new Years Day at Download festival and was totally blown away by the sheer energy and intensity of their live performance.  I also had the pleasure of interviewing the and photographing New Years Day so if you missed it you can catch up here.

New Years Day have certainly caught the energy of their live performance in the newly launched video for the track “I’m About To Break You” from the stunningly excellent Malevolence album.


Vocalist Ash Costello states, “This video was so much fun to make! We are big fans of Mad-Max and have always wanted to make a post-apocolyptic style video so i’m glad we pulled it out for “I’m About to Break You.” The location we filmed at was a few hours away from Los Angeles and they put on a festival every year called ‘Wasteland Weekend’ that is dedicated to the post-apocolyptic lifestyle. We had a blast making props and riding around in those amazing cars. Having fans and friends join us as extras made it icing on the cake.”

NEW YEARS DAY who are currently on the ‘Hate Me’ tour with Escape The Fate & label mates Like A Storm, have released their third full length studio album ‘Malevolence’ in October 2015, which scored them their highest first week sales and Billboard Top 200 at #45. ‘Malevolence’ was produced by Erik Ron (Motionless In White, Issues) and is the band’s first release on Another Century Records.

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Great news today, US based hardcore outfit New Years Day are on their way back to Europe.  I should have seen the band last week but there was a mess up with my press pass so frustratingly I missed their show supporting Motionless in White.  Bloody annoying.

I fell in Love with New Years Day at this years Download festival where I interviewed and photographed them.  I gotta tell you, Ashley Costello is one of the nicest women in rock.  An absolute pleasure to interview and their live set is awesome.  Their hard rocking sound combined with a punk-rock attitude makes them a shoe in for me.

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I’m pleased to say that New Years Day will be touring Europe again in January, this time in support of ESCAPE THE FATE.

Also on the bill is New Zealand Hard Rock outfit LIKE A STORM.  Both bands are extremely excited to come back to the UK and Europe:

“Europe, did you miss us yet?! Well guess what? We are coming back soon!” – Ashley Costello, New Years Day

“We’re so excited to be coming back to the UK & Europe with Escape The Fate. We can’t wait to rock with our European friends & fans again!” – Matt Brooks, Like A Storm

This looks very much a line-up not to be missed so hopefully I will be able to make my way to London for the show on February 16.

The full tour programme looks like this:

NEW YEARS DAY & LIKE A STORM on tour with Escape The Fate:
28-01-16 UK Manchester, Club Academy
29-01-16 UK Glasgow, Cathouse
30-01-16 UK Nottingham, Rescue Rooms

31-01-16 France Paris, Le Divan Du Monde
02-02-16 Germany Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
03-02-16 Switzerland Zurich, Dynamo
04-02-16 Germany Munich, Strom
05-02-16 Italy Milan, Legend Club
06-02-16 Italy Pordenone, Deposito
08-02-16 Austria Vienna, Szene
09-02-16 Czech Republic Prague, Rock Cafe
10-02-16 Germany Berlin, Bi Nuu
11-02-16 Germany Hamburg, Logo
12-02-16 Holland Amsterdam, Melkweg
13-02-16 Germany Koln, Underground
14-02-16 Belgium Hasselt, Mod Box
16-02-16 UK London, Electric Ballroom
18-02-16 Russia Moscow, Red Club
19-02-16 Russia St. Petersburg, Cosmonavt Club

LIKE A STORM’s ‘Awaken The Fire’  & NEW YEARS DAY’‘Malevolence’ are both out now via Another Century.

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New Years Day New Album ‘Malevolence’ Available To Stream

Post Hardcore band New Years Day were one of my picks of this years Download Festival.  I was thrilled by their performance and have been eagerly looking forward to their new album ‘Malevolence’ which was released through Another Century on 3rd October.

Malevolence was produced by Erik Ron (The Word Alive, Motionless In White) and is the band’s first release on Another Century Records.

New Years Day took the unusual step of streaming the album in it’s entirety on YouTube before it was released.

Check it out here.

Ash Costello (vocals) states, “Malevolence is the most personal album we have ever written to date. More than ever you can really feel the blood and tears in these lyrics. It wasn’t an easy process because it was so emotional but what came from it is honest and real. It’s therapeutic and angry but still shows vulnerability.

“Our producer Erik Ron will always start an album by asking me ‘what are you feeling right now?’ to which I replied ‘pissed off.’ I think anyone that has suffered through loss, betrayal, insecurity and abandonment will absolutely relate to it. For me, it felt so good to get everything I had been bottling up out and hopefully it helps others in the process.”

2015 has been a monstrously significant year for the band, it saw New Years Day dominate this year’s Vans Warped Tour, as well as frontwoman Ash Costello hosting the Alternative Press Music Awards Red Carpet and taking an active role as a spokesperson for PETA (see below).

PETA “Pet Adoption” Campaign 


NEW YEARS DAY – “Kill or Be Killed” Official Music Video


New Years Day will be back in the UK for a run of gigs supporting Motionless in White & Chelsea Grin in late November/early December. See below for a list of dates.

NEW YEARS DAY live:  with Motionless In White & Chelsea Grin

23 NOV Belfast, IRE – Mandela Hall

24 NOV Dublin, IRE – Academy

26 NOV Manchester, UK – Club Academy

27 NOV Leeds, UK – University Union

28 NOV Glasgow, UK – Garage

29 NOV Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
01 DEC Birmingham, UK – Asylum

02 DEC Bristol, UK – The Fleece

03 DEC Southampton, UK – 1865

04 DEC London, UK – Underworld **SOLD OUT**

06 DEC London, UK – Underworld **SOLD OUT**

New Years Day are on Facebook and they Tweet as @NYDrock

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New Years Day: Download Festival – interview and live review

It seems barely believable that Californian outfit New Years Day have been around for a decade.  Alan Ewart caught up with the band after their set at Download Festival to talk about music, fashion, creativity and being part of a female fronted band.

It’s hard to categorise New Years Days sound.  They certainly cross genre’s at times and they have drawn comparison wit American pop punk outfit “Fall Out Boy.”  In fact some have even, rather unkindly, labelled them as “Fall Out Girl.”  There are certainly parallels between the bands but New Years Day definitely plough their own furrow.

Watching their Download performance I was very much reminded of the high energy performances of the likes of X-Ray Specs, The Slits and more contemporaneously of Sleater Kinney.  Vocalist Ashley Costello is a very strong, exciting and dynamic focus for the band and I have to confess I fell a little bit in love with her, please don’t tell my wife!

With her long wavy hair dyed half black and half red, her tight black PVC mini-dress and her stocking slipping down her legs Ashley looks every inch the punk princess.  Judging her on her appearance would be a huge mistake.

Costello is an ambitious, driven and determined maelstrom of creativity.  Nikki and Tyler told me after the show that “we have never worked with anyone so driven.  She is so creative, so hardworking and determined.  She sweats blood and tears for this band, she is simply incredible.”

For the rest of the band it is clear that Ashley is a leader.  When I asked the guys how it was to be working in a female fronted punk band they seemed slightly taken aback.  They told me “we don’t really see it like that.  Ash is so creative and inspirational that we don’t think of New Years Day in terms of being female fronted.  It’s just Ash.”  They did confess though that they would love to see more female fronted bands around simply because it would encourage more girls to chase their musical dreams.  “Rock needs more female role models” they say.

The band feel that the progress of New Years Day as a band has been held back by numerous changes of line-up over the years.  This has stifled development and was largely responsible for a six year gap between albums.  They were also hit by their label going to the wall but they feel that they are really in a great place now.  The band got an EP out last year and an album is planned for later this year.  As a result they feel that the line-up is now settled and that they are in a place to enable them to kick on to the next level.

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing New Years Day.  They are tight, energetic and entertaining band with a great sound and a fantastic focus.  The current lineup is strong, they play pop punk tunes with passion.  Their guitar work is exemplary and the rhythm section drives their songs along at a breathtaking pace.  Without a doubt New Years Day were one of my finds of the festival.  I will watch them with interest when the new album is released later this year.


New Years Day are on the internet here.  They are on Facebook and they Tweet as @NYDrock