New Years Day (band)

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New Years Day
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New Years Day on the Warped Tour in 2013
Background information
Origin Anaheim, California, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock,[1] pop punk, post-hardcore, power pop, hard rock, emo[2] alternative metal, gothic rock
Years active 2005–present
Labels Another Century Records, Grey Area Records, Century Media, Universal/TVT, Hollywood Waste
Associated acts Home Grown, Wakefield, A Static Lullaby, BannerHill, William Control, Motionless In White
Members Ashley Costello
Nikki Misery
Jeremy Valentyne
Tyler Burgess
Nick Rossi

New Years Day is an American rock band formed in 2005 in Chino Hills, California. After building a reputation through promotion on the social networking website MySpace, the band released their debut EP in 2006. Their debut album My Dear followed in 2007. The band's second full length effort, Victim to Villain came out nearly six years after their debut. Their music is categorized as self-proclaimed "Hauntedmansioncore", a spin on The Haunted Mansion mixed with rock music.[citation needed]


New Years Day formed in 2005 after bassist Adam Lohrbach left the band Home Grown. Home Grown's final EP, 2004's When it All Comes Down, had diverged from the band's previous style of humorous pop punk and incorporated many emotional elements that Lohrbach carried over into New Years Day. Meeting with vocalist Ashley Costello and guitarist/keyboardist Keith Drover, the three began rehearsing songs that Costello and Lorhbach had written. These songs were heavily influenced by the members' shared emotional experiences, as Lohrbach and Costello had both recently been through difficult relationship break-ups.[3] Soon after, the group added Eric Seilo, a mutual friend of the three, to play bass during their 2005 tours. Eric left New Years Day in 2005 to return to University.[4] The group soon added guitarist Mike Schoolden (formerly of Wakefield) and drummer Russell Dixon and took the name New Years Day.

The band began building a reputation through promotion and posting songs on the MySpace social networking website, and were featured on the MySpace Records Volume 1 compilation CD and in the soundtrack of the video game Saints Row. After considering an offer from the Pete Wentz-run Decaydance Records label, the band signed to TVT Records and released a debut self-titled EP in 2006. Originally referred to as the Razor EP, it was primarily a digital release made available through download services such as iTunes, though CD copies were also available at the band's performances. They also performed at the South by Southwest music festival that same year.

From 2006–2007 New Years Day self-financed and self-produced their debut album My Dear, recorded over an eight-month period at the home of producer Eugene Perreras.[3] The album was released on May 8, 2007 and includes collaborations with members of Reel Big Fish and Motion City Soundtrack. The band's debut music video for the lead single "I Was Right" won an MTVU "Freshman Face" poll and was added to the channel's playlist.[5]

In 2008, TVT went bankrupt[6] and sold its recording assets to The Orchard.[7] TVT did not drop the band before selling its assets. My Dear never got the promotion it needed and it fell to the side. Band members were lost. Drover left the band after the Warped Tour.[8] Schoolden and Lohrbach followed.

The remaining members decided to continue making music. The band started writing new material in early 2009. Around September 2009, NYD posted two new songs on their MySpace page.[9] When asked about a new EP, vocalist Ashley Costello said, "The EP is in its demo phase right now and we are still writing for it and recording it at the same time. The EP should be out in the spring of 2010." [8]

On March 12, 2010, Alternative Press announced that New Years Day have been added on the Warped Tour's summer dates.[10] New Years Day released their Japanese debut album called “Headlines & Headstones” on July 2, 2010 under Spinning Inc.[11] The album contains music from their first EP, their first LP "My Dear", a Lady Gaga cover and new songs from their upcoming 2nd full-length US album.

NYD announced Matthew Lindblad as their newest member on January 31, 2011. He replaced former guitarist Dan Arnold, although Arnold's departure was never formally or publicly announced. Soon after Matthew joined, the band also introduced Jake Jones as an additional guitarist.

On May 15, 2011, Hollywood Waste announced that New Years Day had joined their new record label. The band's new EP, entitled The Mechanical Heart, was released on June 21, 2011, and has received many positive reviews and responses from both fans and fellow musicians.[12]

New Years Day played as an opening band for the band Blood on the Dance Floor during their "All The Rage" tour, from October to December 2011.[citation needed] Nikki Misery officially became the new guitarist during this tour, replacing Matthew Lindblad. Lindblad has since been pursuing a solo career, named "Rebel Revive".

New Years Day released their latest album, Victim to Villain, on June 11, 2013 through Century Media Records. They were then apart of Vans Warped Tour 2013, playing all dates. New Years Day was on a fall tour with Otep and Stolen Babies, and joined William Control and Combichrist in Spring 2014.

In early 2014 Nick Turner left New Years Day and was replaced by Nick Rossi. The band embarked on a tour of Europe in October, 2014 with Escape the Fate and Glamour of the Kill. Just before the tour, Jake Jones left New Years Day, with guitarist Tyler Burgess taking his place. The band then released a new single off their upcoming EP "Epidemic" titled "The Other Side". The EP was released through Grey Area Records on November 18. The band quietly departed from their previous label, Century Media Records. Of the EP, lead vocalist Costello said in an interview with Alternative Press, "We've taken what we have experienced in the past year and a half and poured it all into these new songs.... It’s something we know everyone can relate to it on their own level. The world can infect us with its negativity, and it’s ok to struggle with it. That’s truly what Epidemic is about. Owning the diseased parts of us and turning it into a strength."[13] The band followed up the release of "Epidemic" by joining The Birthday Massacre on their "Superstition" tour, along with The Red Paintings. On December 22, 2014, New Years Day announced that they would be the special guests on the upcoming "Beyond the Barricade" Tour with Motionless In White, For Today and Ice Nine Kills during February and March, 2015.

Band members[edit]




Year Title Label Other information
2007 My Dear TVT Debut album
2013 Victim to Villain Century Media Sophomore album


Year Title Label Other information
2006 New Years Day TVT Originally referred to as the Razor EP. Mainly a digital release. CD copies were available at the band's performances.
2011 The Mechanical Heart Hollywood Waste Sophomore EP
2014 Epidemic Grey Area Records 3rd EP


Year Title Label Other information
2010 Headlines and Headstones Spinning Inc. Japan only release

Non-album tracks[edit]

Year Album/Source Label Song(s) Other information
2005 MySpace Records Volume 1 MySpace "Ready, Aim, Misfire"


Music videos[edit]

Year Title Album Other information
2005 "Ready Aim Misfire" My Dear
2007 "I Was Right"
2011 "Two In the Chest, One In the Head" The Mechanical Heart
2013 "Angel Eyes" (featuring Chris Motionless of Motionless In White) Victim to Villain
2014 "The Other Side" Epidemic
2014 "Defame Me"


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