American rockers New Years Day first began taking the rock world by storm with their 2013 album “Victim to Villain.” They have since gone from playing one of the smallest stages on Vans Warped Tour to playing the main stage at huge festivals like Carolina Rebellion and Rock on the Range. Led by the beautiful and talented vocalist Ash Costello and charismatic guitarist Nikki Misery, New Years Day has come a long way and is poised to continue their journey to the top with the release of their newest EP “Diary of a Creep.”
For this record the band takes a look back to when they started, paying homage to the artists that inspired them and helped shape their sound along the way. Their influences are diverse as they are and are showcased on the six song EP. Produced by Mitch Marlow, New Years Day delivers the goods from the dark and brooding new wave of New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle” to the hardcore metal sounds of “Disgust Me,” the only original song included on this record. Costello’s vocals are intense and in command on their cover of Pantera’s “Fucking Hostile,” a staple of their live set and contemplative as she pays tribute to the late Chester Bennington with her own unique take on “Crawling,” a Linkin Park classic. Throughout the EP, the band sounds tight and in control providing a cohesive sound on such a varied collection of songs.
With “Diary of a Creep” New Years Day is able to salute their own musical heroes while providing fans something to tide them over until their next full length album arrives.