Ashley Costello is lead vocalist of the rock band New Years Day. They’re best known for touring with Halestorm and In This Moment, as well as their song “Angel Eyes”, which features Chris Motionless. Their first album, My Dear, was released in 2007 when Ash was 22. I remember discovering this album in eighth grade and being obsessed with Razor. At the time, I was struggling with impulses to self harm and the song helped me through a lot of dark times. In 2013-2015, I’d honestly say that NYD peaked with Victim to Villain, the Epidemic EP, and Malevolence. Their sound on all three albums were superior to the other bands in their genre at that time. I also like the effort put into the lyrics and messages of the songs. Defame Me, Other Side, Suffer, Your Ghost, Tombstone, and Let Me Down are such powerful anthems and despite the thousands of times I’ve listened to them, they never get old.
Although they’ve slightly switched vibes on their newest album, Unbreakable, they’re still heavy and made some insanely good music. No matter how much they evolve, though, I’ve noticed that they continue to stay humble. The whole band has always treated me so kindly and clearly appreciates all the support my family has given them. I cherish the music advice I’ve received from Frankie and Nikki and the life advice I’ve received from Ashley. Without their light, I never would have made it this far. These amazing humans mean the entire world to me, especially Ash, and I have no idea what I’d do if I never got to meet them.
The first time I met Ash, I was only 13. My dad surprised me with tickets to rock and shock 2015 because New Years Day and Get Scared were playing. NYD had a signing early in the day and I freaked out hard at the time lol. I had been to concerts and met people I looked up to before, but this was different. New Years Day was always the band that saved me and to finally interact with them was insane to me. I remember being so unprepared for the signing that my friend had to give me a note card to get signed lol. It was pretty embarrassing but Ash and I bonded over weird items at signings for a minute before the line moved on. Looking back, it wasn’t too significant of an experience, but 13 year old me was so happy.
I’ve talked to Ash so many times since our first interaction and I now view her as a mother/sister figure. She’s been there for me when my family was falling apart and she gave me advice that I’ve carried with me for years. To say I’m thankful for her is an understatement. Having such a personal relationship with someone I look up to is absolutely crazy and it still blows my mind every day that I’ve been able to share some of my life with this insanely talented woman. Each time we get to talk, I feel like it just strengthens whatever friendship we’ve formed. She’s so funny and sweet and I wish our lives weren’t so drastically different so we could see each other more often.