New Years Day (band)

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New Years Day
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New Year's Day on the Warped Tour in 2013
Background information
Origin Anaheim, California, U.S.
Genres Hard rock,[1] Post-Hardcore, alternative metal, Djent, gothic metal, pop punk (early)
Years active 2005–present
Labels Another Century, Grey Area Records, Century Media, Hollywood Waste, TVT
Associated acts Combichrist, Get Scared, Home Grown, Motionless in White, William Control, Blood on the Dance Floor, Escape The Fate, The Haxans, Rebel Revive
Members Ashley Costello
Nikki Misery
Jeremy Valentyne
Frankie Sil
Joshua Ingram
Past members Keith Drover
Eric Seilo
Mike Schoolden
Adam Lohrbach
Dan Arnold
Mikey "13"
Matthew Lindblad
Russell Dixon
Nick Turner
Jake Jones
Anthony Barro
Tyler Burgess
Nick Rossi
Brandon Wolfe
Daniel Trixx

New Years Day is an American rock band formed in 2005 in Anaheim, 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 third album, Malevolence was released on October 2, 2015. It peaked at #45 on the Billboard 200, the band's highest charting.

Their music is categorized as self-proclaimed "Hauntedmansioncore", a spin on The Haunted Mansion mixed with rock music.


Early years[edit]

New Year's Day formed in late 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 Year's Day. Meeting with vocalist Ashley Costello and guitarist/keyboardist Keith Drover, the three friends began rehearsing songs that Costello and Lohrbach had written. These songs were heavily influenced by the members' shared emotional experiences, as all three had recently been through difficult relationship break-ups.[2] Soon after, the group produced a two-song demo and added Eric Seilo, a mutual friend of the three, to play bass during their 2005 tours. Ultimately, Eric had to leave New Year's Day in 2005 to return to college.[3] The group soon added guitarist Mike Schoolden (formerly of Wakefield) and drummer Russell Dixon and took the name New Year's Day. They chose the name on New Year's Day of 2005, feeling that the name symbolized the fresh start that they all desired.

Razor EP and My Dear (2006–10)[edit]

The band began building a reputation through promotion, shows, 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 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 Year's Day self-financed and self-produced their debut album My Dear, recorded over an eight-month period at the home of friend and producer Eugene Perreras.[2] The album was released on May 8, 2007 and includes collaborations with members of Reel Big Fish and Motion City Soundtrack. During this period of time, the band toured with such groups as The Fall of Troy, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Ozma, Hawthorne Heights, and many others. The band's debut music video for the lead single "I Was Right" was directed by Shane Drake and won an MTVU "Freshman Face" poll and was added to the channel's playlist.[4] Guitarist Keith Drover left the band and moved to Sweden after Warped Tour.

In 2008, TVT went bankrupt[5] and sold its recording assets to The Orchard. 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.[6]

Despite this, the remaining members decided to continue, and began writing new material in early 2009. Around September 2009, NYD posted two new songs on their MySpace page.[7] 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." [6]

The Mechanical Heart EP (2010–12)[edit]

On March 12, 2010, Alternative Press announced that New Year's Day have been added on the Warped Tour's summer dates.[8] New Year's Day released their Japanese debut album called "Headlines & Headstones" on July 2, 2010 under Spinning Inc.[9] 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.

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 Year's 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.[10] 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". Nikki Misery a recent Musicians Institute graduate hailed from Santa Ana California with roots in New Orleans, LA. His imposing looks and fierce chops made him an immediate fan favorite with dramatic stage performances and a unique make-up style.

Victim to Villain (2013–14)[edit]

After much anticipation, New Year's Day released their second 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 Year's 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 Year's Day and was replaced by Nick Rossi. The band embarked on a European tour in October 2014 with Escape the Fate and Glamour of the Kill. Just before the tour, Jake Jones left New Year's 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, 2014. 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 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."[11] 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 Year's 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. Just before the tour, Anthony Barro left to pursue a career as a sound engineer. In turn, Tyler moved from guitar to fill the bass position, with Jeremy Valentyne joining the band on guitar.

Malevolence (2015–present)[edit]

In February 2015, New Year's Day announced that they would once again play the Vans Warped Tour on the Journey's Left Foot Stage. The band played the Warped Tour kickoff party in Los Angeles on April 7 alongside Metro Station, Crossfaith, As It Is, and more. Tyler left the band soon after the kickoff party, and Chris Khaos filled in on bass guitar for Warped Tour.

The band announced they would be releasing a new album during the fall of 2015. They debuted new song "Kill or be Killed" while on Warped Tour.[12] The band later announced that the single would be released on June 26, 2015.[13] 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.[14]

On August 12, 2015, the band announced that they will be doing their first ever headlining tour that fall, naming it "The Other Side Tour." Other bands on the tour included Get Scared, Eyes Set to Kill, The Relapse Symphony, and Darksiderz. On the eve of the album release, the band held a YouNow streaming chat with fans to celebrate the release of Malevolence. During this chat, the band introduced Brandon Wolfe as the new bassist and Trixx as the new drummer.

In 2016, New Years Day covered the My Chemical Romance song "Sleep" for a Rock Sound tribute CD.[15]

Band members[edit]



New Years Day performing in 2016

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Label
2007 My Dear TVT
2013 Victim to Villain Century Media
2015 Malevolence Another Century


Year Title Label Other information
2005 Demo Self-produced Released in early 2005
2006 New Year's Day TVT Originally referred to as the "Razor" EP. Released on November 29, 2006
2011 The Mechanical Heart Hollywood Waste Released on June 11, 2011
2014 Epidemic Grey Area Records Released on November 18, 2014


Year Title Label Other information
2005 MySpace Records, Volume 1 MySpace Records Released on November 1, 2005
2008 Beyond the Blue, Vol. 2 Kick Rock Records Japan-only release, released on October 8, 2008
2010 Headlines and Headstones Spinning Inc. Japanese-only debut consisting of tracks from My Dear, the Razor EP, and three previously unreleased tracks. Released on July 2, 2010
2016 Metalhammers Decades Of Destruction[16] Metalhammer Cover of Marilyn Mansons mOBSCENE
2016 Rocksound Presents The Black Parade[17] Rocksound Cover of MCR's song Sleep


Music videos[edit]

Year Title Album Director(s)
2005 "Ready Aim Misfire" New Years Day EP Isaac Rentz
2007 "I Was Right" My Dear Shane Drake
2011 "Two In the Chest, One In the Head" The Mechanical Heart Kamell Allaway
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
"Malevolence" Chad Michael Ward and Damien Lawson
2016 "I'm About to Break You" Robyn August
2016 "Your Ghost" Saint Raven


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  4. ^ "MTVU Freshman Face archive". Retrieved 2007-04-22. 
  5. ^ Hudak, Joseph. "Music | New Music News, Reviews, Pictures, and Videos". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
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  9. ^ "New Years Day / Headlines&Headstone". Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
  10. ^ "New Signing to Hollywood Waste Records!". Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
  11. ^ "New Years Day announce new EP, release "Other Side" video - Alternative Press". 2014-09-15. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
  12. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon. "2015 Warped Tour Launch Turns Up the Intense California Summer Heat". Yahoo Music. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  13. ^ "New Years Day - Timeline Photos". Facebook. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
  14. ^ "New Years Day - ALBUM ANNOUNCEMENT: We are thrilled to...". Facebook. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
  15. ^ "Introducing… 'Rock Sound Presents: The Black Parade'". Rock Sound. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
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