By Scott Raymer
Orange County based New Years Day played the Vinyl Music Hall in Pensacola, Florida on October 3rd. The metal / hard rock band was led by frontwoman Ash Costello with Austin Ingerman on lead guitar, Nikki Misery on rhythm guitar, Frankie Sil on bass, and Longineu W. Parsons III (aka LP) on drums. The band was the headliner on a bill that also included DED and local band Storm Within.
The band entered the stage all dressed in black. Costello wore a short romper jumpsuit donning her unique hair style, brunette on the left side and red on the right side. The band performed material from their latest album Unbreakable as well as previous albums Victim to Villains and Malevolence. Songs of the night included Come for Me, Kill or Be Killed, Gangsta, Shut Up, Epidemic, Skeletons, F*cking Hostile, Scream, Defame, and Angel Eyes. Costello made a point of saying that she was “so happy that I started talking more during the shows” and that’s what she did. There was plenty of back and forth interaction with the crowd.
Prior to singing F*cking Hostile, Costello asked the crowd to join her in a “Satanic metal sacrifice to the gods”. Everyone had to put at least one horn in the air and “if one person doesn’t, you will piss off the metal gods. You will f*ck the whole thing up and you will ruin it”. The two very important metal gods they were sacrificing to were Dimebag Darrell and Vince Paul, the deceased co-founders of Pantera. Everyone obeyed her and put their hands up in the air displaying the horn symbol.
Later in the show, Costello told the crowd to spread out so there would be room for her to come down and dance with them. She wanted everyone with their hands up like they were at a dance club. She left the stage and entered the crowd and began singing the song Scream. One young lady’s night was made when Costello starting dancing with her, each with an arm around the other, while the lady took a selfie of them together. At the conclusion of Scream, Costello put the focus on two of the band members, LP and Ingerman. LP showcased his talents with an extended drum solo. Next up, Austin, the “baby faced guitar shredder”, showed off his skills with an extended guitar solo.
New Years Day continues their US tour which concludes in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 29th before starting a European tour in Paris with Halestorm and In This Moment. The band is definitely worth catching live if you get the chance.