New Years Day are back with their first release since critically acclaimed album Malevolence back in 2015! The band’s latest instalment is the Diary Of A Creep EP, set for release through Century Media Records on January 26, 2018.
Opening with some big riffs and a more poppy vocal style Disgust Me is catchy and a good opener to the EP. Bizarre Love Triangle turns the dance vibe up to 11. The EP gets darker with the angst ridden Fucking Hostile. This has more of a traditional New Years Day vibe to it with raspy vocals and heavy instrumentation.
Emotions are evident from the opening second of Crawling as we are met by a more electronic yet still heartfelt cover of the Linkin Park classic. Frontwoman Ash Costello’s vocals are on point. Only Happy When It Rains featuring Lzzy Hale of Halestorm is a good track and their vocals compliment each other well. Closing off the EP is their version of Don’t Speak, which shows off Ash’s vocals in a more vulnerable way with piano sections and a massive chorus. Ash has said on numerous occasions that she looks up to Gwen Stefani and if Gwen hears this, I’m sure she will be impressed.
The EP showcases New Years Day’s take on some of the tracks and artists they feel inspire them, paying homage to the likes of Linkin Park, Garbage, Pantera and No Doubt. By far the strongest song on the EP is Crawling but each of the tracks are incredible in their own right, though one thing that ties them together is Ash’s vocal delivery, which seems to improve every time she sings.