New Years Day Brings Theatrics to Warped Tour 2011. - Interview

New Years Day is currently playing the Vans Warped Tour. I discovered the band during the tour’s stop at Chicagoland’s Tinley Park. Although there are similarities with another female led band, Paramore, New Years Day’s sound and energy stem from the band’s vibrant lead singer, Ashley Costello.

Q – Thank you, Ashley, for doing this.

A - Of course!!! Thank you.

Q – Real quick, where did the name New Years Day come from?

A - New Years Day was born out of a lot of bad breakups - literally. We were all friends before this band, and I remember all of us were breaking up with boyfriends or girlfriends, and our old bands were breaking up and we were just sadly writing songs while hanging out and decided to make it a band, so it was like a fresh start for us, like a new year.

Q – How did the band come together?

A – Ha Ha Ha Ha, exactly how we discovered our name, through random turns of fate and all of us being in the right place in our lives at the right time; it was like therapy, writing, my dear, was us getting it all out.

Q – The band is performing at the 2011 Vans Warped Tour. How did New Years Day get involved with the tour?

A - Warped Tour is something every band hopes and prays for. I mean, Warped Tour is like legend; it’s something everyone can understand. Even my great aunts understand when they hear we are on Warped Tour; they knew it was a big deal. So we got involved by just pushing and pushing to get on and Kevin Lyman giving us a chance.

Q – On the Warped Tour, bands play at different times, sometimes with very little notice. How do you prepare for a tour that puts you on stage at any given time of the day?

A – I’m so glad that they run Warped Tour like that! It really makes it fair to every band no matter how big or small they are. It is rough though, pulling into a venue at 7 AM after driving 13 hours to find out you play at 11 AM. Those are always the days I hope beyond hope that the showers are nearby; most of the time they aren’t though! Ha Ha, but you really learn how to rough it, like they say, ‘it’s punk rock boot camp and if you can do Warped, you can do anything!’

Q – I managed to catch half of your performance at Warped Tour Chicago. One of the things I loved about it was the band’s energy and sound. How would you describe your band’s sound and stage act?

A - Our sound and stage act is meant to be as theatrical as we could be while traveling on a tour like Warped. We want to put on a show and have something that viewers can connect to in more ways than one. When we get on stage, it’s our time to freak the heck out, which is what we do; it’s go time. We let it all loose, every insane moment or thought in my head pours out on that stage. Thank goodness it’s fun to watch, apparently, because for me it’s just a necessity.

Q – The new EP, “The Mechanical Heart,” was released June 2011. How have fans reacted to the album?

A - With AMAZING, AMAZING support! We really kept them waiting for new music for a few years so fans were more than ready to hear something new and they seem to be really into what they are hearing, which is of course a huge relief for us.

Q – There seems to be an influx of female led bands coming onto the scene – Scarlet Haze, Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless, etc. What separates New Years Day from other female led bands?

A - There have always been a lot of female fronted bands in my eyes, and I’ve just stuck to making the kind of music that I would want to hear. I am definitely a unique individual, that’s for certain, so without a doubt the music that pours out of me and my band will reflect that. We are for those with a taste for something a bit darker, a bit stranger, and a bit more flamboyant if you will.

Q – Thanks again for talking with me. Is there anything you wanted to add?

A - We love our fans! Talk to us on Twitter ( and Facebook (!/nydrock)!


Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at
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