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] post-hardcore, hard rock[2] alternative metal, gothic rock, pop punk (early)
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
Chris Khaos
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.


Early Years[edit]

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.

Razor EP and My Dear (2006-2009)[edit]

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] Guitarist Drover left the band after their run on Warped Tour 2007.

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. Schoolden and Lohrbach both left soon after the label went bankrupt.[8]

The Mechanical Heart EP (2009-2011)[edit]

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 sophomore US album.

The Mechanical Heart and Victim to Villain (2011-2013)[edit]

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] They supported Blood On The Dance Floor on their "All The Rage Tour" from October to December.[citation needed] Nikki Misery officially became the new guitarist during this tour, replacing Matthew Lindblad. Lindblad has since been pursuing a solo career, using the moniker "Rebel Revive".

Victim to Villain and Epidemic EP (2013-2014)[edit]

After much anticipation, New Years Day released their latest album, Victim to Villain, on June 11, 2013 through Century Media Records. They were then a part 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 "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.

Third album "Malevolence" and first headlining tour "The Other Side Tour 2015" (2015-present)[edit]

The band announced that they would be releasing a new album during the fall of 2015. They debuted new song "Kill or be Killed" while on Warped Tour.[14] The band later announced that the single would be released on June 26, 2015.[15] The day the single was released, the band announced that pre-orders for their upcoming third album, Malevolence, would be available at the band's merch tent while on Warped Tour.[16]

On August 12, 2015, the band announced that they will be doing their first ever headling tour that fall, naming it "The Other Side Tour".

Band members[edit]




Year Title Label Other information
2007 My Dear TVT Debut album
2013 Victim to Villain Century Media Second album
2015 Malevolence Another Century Third 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 Director(s)
2005 "Ready Aim Misfire" My Dear
2007 "I Was Right" Shane Drake
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 Justin Lutsky
2014 "Other Side" Epidemic Anthony Barro
"Defame Me" Robyn August
2015 "Kill Or Be Killed" Malevolence


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  2. ^ Scott Irvine (2007-05-08). "New Years Day - My Dear - Album Review". Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
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  4. ^ "New Years Day reviews, music, news". sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
  5. ^ "MTVU Freshman Face archive". Retrieved 2007-04-22. 
  6. ^ Hudak, Joseph. "Music | New Music News, Reviews, Pictures, and Videos". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
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  11. ^ "New Years Day / Headlines&Headstone". Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
  12. ^ "New Signing to Hollywood Waste Records!". Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
  13. ^ "New Years Day announce new EP, release “Other Side” video - Alternative Press". 2014-09-15. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
  14. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon. "2015 Warped Tour Launch Turns Up the Intense California Summer Heat". Yahoo Music. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  15. ^ "New Years Day - Timeline Photos". Facebook. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
  16. ^ "New Years Day - ALBUM ANNOUNCEMENT: We are thrilled to...". Facebook. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 

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