Exclusive Interview: Hot Chick in Hard Rock Ash Costello of New Years Day

When we interviewed New Years Day frontwoman Ash Costello for the new Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock issue–she’s also featured in the 2012 Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock calendar–we talked about a range of topics, from the origins of her band to her fave horror movies to her favorite hard-rock and metal albums. Unfortunately, due to space constraints in the issue, we weren’t able to include most of our chat–but that’s what the Internet is for! Read what she has to say below, and check out exclusive photo outtakes for her Hottest Chicks shoot right here.

REVOLVER How did New Years Day form?
ASH COSTELLO New Years Day formed out of bad breakups. It was like this twist in fate in mine and my band members’ lives. We have all been friends since before we formed this band and, for some reason, all of us were going through a breakup with our boyfriends and girlfriends at the time. We were all crashing at our guitar player’s house, drowning our sorrows in junk food, wine, and TV when we all sat up and wrote a song called “Ready Aim Misfire.” The song was so good, we wrote another and another, and finally decided to just start a band with each other–which rocks ’cause it’s just an extra fun additive to us hanging out anyway.

How would you describe your music?
This is always a tough question to answer, but I’d say if My Chemical Romance and Paramore had a baby from hell on Halloween and made Rob Zombie the Godfather and Elvira the Godmother, then that would sound like us. We are upbeat rock but it’s still very dark sounding. It’s dark rock yet it’s catchy and fun. I learned that from the greats: I’m very inspired by Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson. I always say it sounds like you just rode the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland that ended in a rock concert.

What is your goal with the band?
My goal is to have the ability to play music for a living for the rest of my life. I don’t need a ton of money, cars, jewelry or a huge house and other crazy expensive things to feel like I reached my goal. I just want to know that for the rest of my life, I don’t have to wake up hating my day, everyday, because I work a terrible job that I have no passion for. That’s my selfish reason! My other reason is to touch someone’s life. When a fan writes to me saying we saved them from suicide or helped them through a bad breakup or helped them be proud of who they are or helped them chase their dreams, then I’ve really achieved something of value. Oh yeah! My last goal: revenge!

Tell us about the band’s new album, The Mechanical Heart.
I am so proud of it. It’s our second official album out, and we only have two, but it’s my favorite. So much heart went into it for me, personally. It’s the most honest lyrics I’ve ever written and the most fun I’ve had recording. It’s much darker and heavier than our first record, My Dear, and I could not be happier with it. From start to finish, it’s about a girl and a guy falling in love, and the love being so strong and powerful that it destroys them both, and in order to not feel the pain, they replace their human hearts with mechanical ones. We filmed the first music video for the album for the song “Two in the Chest, One in the Head” and I actually get to rip a guys heart out of his chest–it was so bloody!

You’re known as a “horror-movie queen”? How come? What are some of your favorite horror movies?
I think the biggest reason is because I actually get paid to scare people. Besides the band, I work as a “monster” at a horror-themed park every year. It’s a big, big event in Southern California and Im a vampire that gets to run around making people scream all night for the entire month of October! So it’s just my repuation, I guess. It wasn’t something I tried to do really. You know, I have fans that follow me on Facebook and Twitter and I’m always posting gory horror-movie stuff. The content of my songs and my lyrics, I’m sure have a lot to do with it, and the way I act and look onstage, I tend to be covered in fake blood half the time. My hair is raven black and pumpkin orange! I’m always some sort of death victim or zombie in friend’s music videos–I was just a zombie in a new Winds of Plague video. I am a huge horror-movie fan. My all time favorite is Texas Chainsaw Massacre! The fact that it’s based on a true story and is horrifying to watch because it was filmed in the ’70s and is so gritty and unprofessional you feel like youre there. Another fave is by one of my heroes, Rob Zombie, which is House of 1000 Corpses. It’s such a messed-up movie but it’s so funny and so colorful, I kind of feel like it’s like my band in that way. And my new favorite is Hobo with a Shotgunsooo beyond ridiculously bloody and so fun to watch!

You guys were on this summer’s Warped Tour. What was the craziest thing that happened?
The craziest moment that comes to mind was in Florida. We were playing our acoustic set in one of the larger tents, and it was a cloudy day but nothing unusual. As we are hitting the bridge to one of our songs called “My Dear,” I notice a huge cloud that looks as though it’s touching the ground and very thick, like, dust rolling towards us from the distance. Twenty seconds later, the row of merch tents I’m looking down is starting to get picked up and thrown by the wind, one by one, and moving closer! Then the tent we were in started to get picked up. It was one of the heavier bigger ones so you could tell the wind was trying hard, picking it up about three feet, then slamming it down. I ran and hid with our merch girl under a semi-truck with some fans while the boys in the bands were literally dangling from the metal poles of this tent trying to keep it down! I’ve seen quite a few crazy storms and tornado warnings on Warped Tour! Never a dull moment.

Who are your biggest musical heroes and why?
My biggest heroes are the musicians that never gave up on their dreams even when people said they were too different to fit in anywhere, never took no for an answer, and kept believing in what they were doing no matter what. I look up to Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper. Rob Zombie. Freddy Mercury. All eccentric artists that found their place in this world despite being so different and dark. I also look up to Gwen Stefani and Joan Jett–the two reasons I wanted to sing in bands when I was little.

What are your favorite hard-rock and metal albums and why?
Queen, A Night at the Opera, is one of the best records of all time. It changed my life. I brought it to Third Grade show-and-tell and, of course, no one else understood it. Avenged Sevenfold, City of Evil: The first time I heard it I didn’t stop listening to it for months. Listening to it was like watching a movie full of plot twists. Rob Zombie, Past, Present and Future, because it has all the greats! Marilyn Manson, Eat Me, Drink Me, is my favorite by him, love every song on that record. Mutter by Rammstein because that record and band scare me and I love it! I love blasting the heavy guitars in my car stereo and I have a crush on Till Lindemann.

What is the sexiest hard-rock or metal song and why?
It’s a tie. “If I was Your Vampire” by Marilyn Manson and “Too Afraid to Love You” by the Black Keys–both of these songs just makes me want to shut off the lights and make out with someone immediately.

 

Alert to All Users of the Disqus commenting system: Because of a recent global security issue, the Disqus website recommends that all users change their Disqus passwords. Heres a URL about the issue: http://engineering.disqus.com/2014/04/10/heartbleed.html