New Years Day (band)

New Years Day (band)
New Years Day

New Years Day performing on the 2007 Warped Tour in Las Cruces, New Mexico
Background information
Origin Anaheim, California, United States
Genres Alternative rock,[1] pop punk, powerpop[2]
Years active 2005–present
Labels Universal/TVT, Hollywood Waste
Associated acts Home Grown, Wakefield, BannerHill
Ashley Costello
Anthony Barro
Russell Dixon
Matthew Lindblad
Jake Jones

New Years Day is an American rock band formed in 2005 in Anaheim, California and currently recording for Hollywood Waste Records. 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 music is categorized as pop punk and incorporates elements of emo.


Band history

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] 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.[4]

In 2008, TVT went bankrupt[5] and sold its recording assets to The Orchard.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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." [7]

On March 12, 2010, Alternative Press announced that New Years Day have been added on the Warped Tour's summer dates.[9] New Years Day released their Japanese debut album called “Headlines & Headstones” on July 2, 2010 under Spinning Inc.[10] 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 on January 31, 2011 although he is apparently with the band months before. Soon after the announcement of Matthew NYD announced their second newest addition to the band, Jake Jones.

On May 15, 2011, Hollywood Waste Records announced that New Years Day had joined their record label, along with them releasing a new EP titled The Mechanical Heart, which is due to be released on June 21, 2011.[11]

Band members

Current members

Previous members

  • Dan Arnold - guitars[13]
  • Keith Drover - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Adam Lohrbach - bass, backing vocals
  • Mike Schoolden - guitar, backing vocals



Year Title Label Other information
2007 My Dear TVT First album.
2010 Headlines and Headstones Spinning Inc. Japan only release


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

Non-album tracks

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


Music videos

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


External links

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