NEW YEARS DAY will release its fourth studio album, “Unbreakable”, on April 26 via RED Music. The follow-up to 2015’s “Malevolence” was produced by Mitchell Marlow (ALL THAT REMAINS, IN THIS MOMENT, BUTCHER BABIES) and Scott Stevens (AMERICAN AUTHORS, HALESTORM, SHINEDOWN).
The latest single from “Unbreakable”, a song called “Shut Up”, can be streamed below.
“‘Shut Up’ was written in a day, which just doesn’t happen,” states frontwoman Ash Costello. “I was going through some heavy personal stuff, and I was just, ‘Don’t tell me what I want. Shut up and give it to me.'”
“Shut Up” is the second song released from “Unbreakable”, following last year’s “Skeletons”.
Costello spoke about the inspiration for the “Unbreakable” album title last month during an interview with Kevan Kenney of the BUILD Series.
She said: “When I really thought about the year it took to write the record, everything that I’ve been through, I really felt like came out unbreakable on the other side. As opposed to our record before this one, where I felt almost like I was too breakable. But now with the fans behind us, and our team behind us, and this new music, I really feel like I’m unbreakable.”
Costello said her favorite track from “Unbreakable” is “Come For Me”, which she described as “a fight song. It’s kind of my invitation to the world that if you’ve got something to say, come say it to my face, “she explained. “I think we can all use a song like that.”
According to Costello, she was in a much different headspace while writing “Unbreakable” than she was a few years earlier during the making of “Malevolence”.
“There was a breakup, and probably the worst breakup you could possibly imagine,” Ash said. “I’ve never talked about who it was or what the exact circumstances are, and I never will. But when I wrote ‘Malevolence’ in about 2015, ’16, it was the darkest time of my life on this planet. I really didn’t think I was gonna make it out on the other side alive, and it shows in the songs, especially the title track, ‘Malevolence’. It’s not a happy record.”
Ash recently told Heavy New York that NEW YEARS DAY‘s new album was “being described as either the poppiest metal album or the most metal poppy album. Both I’m so stoked on. It’s more fun.”
Costello went on to say that while it’s “all good” to reach a wider audience with NEW YEARS DAY‘s new music, the change in the band’s musical direction “was really more for me. I wanted to have fun with it. I wanted music that was fun for me. And I did that. And hopefully people love it too and it’s fun for them.”
This past December, Costello told Alternative Press that “Skeletons” was “one of the lightest-sounding” tracks on the upcoming NEW YEARS DAY disc. “The record, actually, is quite heavy. So we figured we’d start at the bottom of the hill and work our way up instead of at the top and work our way down. So, what you can take away from ‘Skeletons’, though, is that the newer songs are gonna be very catchy. Even though it’s gonna be very heavy music, the melodies and the lyrics are still going to be very, very catchy and poppy.”
In November, Costello said that NEW YEARS DAY‘s new LP will be “totally different” from “Malevolence”. “‘Malevolence’ came out three years ago,” she said. “Are you the same you were three years ago? I hope I’m not. I feel like I’ve improved in songwriting; I’ve improved in singing; I’ve improved in screaming. Every year that goes by, I learn more about want kind of artist I want to be and what kind of art I want to put out. It’s changed quite a bit, so that’s why we put out [the EP] ‘Diary Of A Creep’ to kind of be a little bit of a segue. We wanted to do a lot of what you can expect in the future. We covered everything from PANTERA to NEW ORDER. That’s what you can expect. ‘Skeletons’ is the first taste – a heavy riff with a very catchy chorus… It’s not completely left-field — it’s still very NEW YEARS DAY — but it’s growing up.”
Asked how the new album will differ lyrically from “Malevolence”, Ash told Heavy New York: “‘Malevolence’ was mainly very anti-love, spiteful, really-upset-about-relationships album, because when I did that record, I had just found out that I had been cheated on in a five-year relationship. All that anger came out, especially in the title song. That’s not a nice song. Now, I don’t have a shitty relationship to use as fuel for lyrics, but my whole outlook has changed. Now there’s kind of, like, a light at the end of the tunnel, so a lot of songs are going to reflect that.”
“Unbreakable” track listing:
01. Come For Me
05. Shut Up
06. Done With You
08. Break My Body
09. Sorry Not Sorry
10. My Monsters
12. I Survived
Album art credit: Marc Liscio
NEW YEARS DAY will hit the road this spring with FALLING IN REVERSE. The U.S. tour will kick off in Las Vegas on April 20 and will wrap on May 24 in Los Angeles.
Photo credit: Hristo Shindov