The Complete 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 forthcoming 2013 Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock calendar, by the way), we talked about a host of topics, from the band’s upcoming release, her life as a high schooler and her recent vocal cameos with Otherwise and Craig Mabbitt’s project, the Dead Rabbits.

Unfortunately, due to space constraints, we couldn’t include most of the interview. But that’s what the Internet is for! Read what she has to say below!

REVOLVER: Tell us about the new album you guys are working on. What does it sound like? What sort of the lyrical themes are you hitting this time?

ASH COSTELLO: We are recording it with the incredible Erik Ron, who is responsible for the music of a lot of my favorite bands. It’s starting to sound a lot more grownup. It’s matured but hasn’t lost all the dark and fun devil’s carnival elements that make us who we are. Its a lot heavier than anything we have ever done.

Lately I’m feeling more vengeful and aggressive than I have in my entire life, and the lyrics are reflecting that. I’ve been through a lot the past two years, and songwriting is my therapy for it, songwriting is my revenge. It’s the most honest — lyrically — that I’ve ever been. Listeners are truly going to see my vulnerable side and hear all of my secrets.

When do you hope to have it out?

We expect it out late this year or early next year.

Since last year, you’ve sung on songs by Otherwise and Craig Mabbitt’s project, the Dead Rabbits. How did those cameos come about, and what can you tell us about how they turned out?

Otherwise are our label-mates, and we heard they needed girl vocals for their track “Heaven.” It was my chance to show a prettier, softer side to my voice. I jumped at the chance, and we recorded at NRG studios, which was a rad experience for me. I was in the vocal room where Gavin Rossdale was earlier in the day. His handwriting was still on the monitor buttons. I’m such a studio geek, I love being around it.

I met Craig Mabbit back when we were touring with Warped Tour. He was always such a cool guy, always seemed very supportive and encouraging to me. Turns out, his project Dead Rabbitts was recording a few doors down from where we are recording our record. The track I sang on isn’t named yet. Seriously, I am so stoked for his new project. I don’t really like a lot of new bands very often, but I fell in love with Dead Rabbitts as soon as I heard it. The track I sang on is incredibly sexy, so I had to have him leave the room!

Since this is also our “back to school” issue, some school-related questions: How would you describe your school experience?

I hated school. I was not what you would have considered “cool” or “sexy.” I was a total dork. I was an Orange County ska kid. Guys did not want to date me. Guys wanted to be in bands with me, NOT kiss me. I barely even had my first kiss by the time I graduated. I stood out from everyone else at my school. I always had to stand out. I wore creepers, ripped tights, bondage pants and lots of spikes. I had Betty Page bangs. I mean, when I was in high school, this was NOT normal. Although, I was voted most creative and most likely to be a rock star.

What kind of student were you? A nerd, a troublemaker or somewhere in between?

I was such a trouble maker! I was always skipping school, but I had straight A’s. I had a problem with authority, so I was always mouthing off. But all my teachers still loved me. They would say, “Aw, Ashley, you’re so creative, but here’s your detention slip.”

What’s the worst trouble you got into while in school?

Well, actually, I used to draw comics of me killing the girls I didn’t like or who were mean to me in school. One of the girls featured in the comic stole my sketchbook and turned it into the principal, who the told my parents that I need counseling. I guess not much has changed.

Did you ever skip school due to hard rock or metal?

All the time! School was always second to music for me. I never spent time doing homework. I’d be printing and handing out fliers for my band at clubs when I should have been studying.

Did you ever have any run-ins with bullies?

I never got into any serious trouble. I was teased, but I handled it well. I was called a “witch” pretty often. I wore all black and usually had some sort of witchcraft book on me I always stood up for people being picked on, though.

Did music help you get through school? If so, how?

Music saved my life and is the only reason I survived being so different in school. I always knew I was different than everyone else, and music helped me identify with something. It made me feel like I belonged to something. That’s all I want to do now with my band’s music — help make people who are like me feel like they belong.

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Sowrongitsmarsci Marsci Galvan

    Love Love LOVE this! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000444353528 Delen Potter

    I legit love Ash! She is so beautiful and perfect!♥

    • Gabriel Chase

      Agreed. Awesome music too!

  • Rachel

    Ash is the definition of perfection. She’s helped me so much <3