For 2019’s Unbreakable, SoCal lineup New Years Day “set out to write the poppiest metal album, or the most metal pop album.” The 2018 release of “Skeletons” from Unbreakable surpassed 1 million worldwide streams, and“Shut Up” and ‘Come For Me” likewise capture a young band in its creative prime. Singer Ash Costello says, “I feel like New Years Day was really born when our EP Epidemic (2014) came out; it was the first taste of who we really are. Then Malevolence dropped, it was sort of our punch in the dick to the music industry, and we did our first headlining tour in 2015.” Malevolence hit #45 on the Billboard 200 and thanks to singles including "Defame Me" and “Kill Or Be Killed," and along with stints on the Warped Tour and a festival tour with Halestorm, NYD honed a sound that, on Unbreakable, melds “the super-melodic and the dirty, ratchety stuff.” Writers/producers Mitch Marlow (All That Remains, In This Moment) and Scott Stevens (Halestorm, Shinedown) wrote with Costello, honing her focus. “You put the two guys together, and I’m the person who embodies both sides, musically. I’m a little horror, a little blood and guts, and a little ‘I love Mickey Mouse’ happy,” the singer says. “It’s a little ugly, it’s a little pretty. On Unbreakable, the music is finally reflecting that.” The members of New Years Day had some dark days in the years leading up to Unbreakable, ultimately emerging as powerful as the title track suggests. As Costello concludes: “We’ve got this shit. We’re tight. We’ve lifted ourselves out of the dirt.”

RIVALS is a dark pop-rock band from Los Angeles, CA formed in 2014 by vocalist Kalie Wolfe , bassist Sebastian Chamberlain , guitarist Micket Woodle and drummer Josh Alves. Driven by Wolfe’s powerhouse vocals and the band’s infectious yet raw sound, RIVALS is fueled by powerful and energetic songwriting, bringing forth a type of fearlessness in their music that stands out among the rest. Since the release of their debut EP in 2015, titled Haunted/Hunted , the band has been making waves and for good reason. Revered by many on their live performance, RIVALS has previously toured the country with bands like Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Story Untold and Uh Huh Baby Yeah!, in addition to sharing a lineup with acts like, The Word Alive and Oceans Ate Alaska on the 2014 Vans Warped Tour. The band’s impressive live performances also led to partnerships with MEE Audio , D’Addario , SJC Drums, Sennheiser and TRX Cymbals .

In 2016, RIVALS gained mass attention with their unique take on twenty one pilotsʼ track, “ Heathens ,” which has garnered over 700,000 listens collectively across Spotify, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Now, the band has unveiled their first full-length LP, Damned Soul , which was released on February 2, 2018 via SmartPunk Records . Damned Soul was produced by John Espy (Red Jumpsuit Apparatus) and Aaron Edwards (Sick Puppies, Elohim, The Cab), with additional writing for drums and mixing/mastering by Cody Stewart (The Browning, Rings of Saturn, Falling In Reverse). Filled with 10 powerful and emotional tracks, Damned Soul has gathered over 1,200,000 total streams across all platforms.



"...The hooks are monumental without feeling bubblegum, allowing the emotions to ruminate and not feel immediately cheapened by how unbelievably catchy each and every chorus is" - Substream Magazine

Savage After Midnight

Dogged perseverance and unyielding determination are qualities shared by countless bands struggling to break out from their hometown club scene and onto the arena stage. Memphis, Tennessee quintet Savage After Midnight have exhibited far more patience and dedication than most as they’ve geared up for their debut EP release, “11:59” on RED Music/The Century Family on March 8th, 2019.

Since the band members formed in 2009, Savage After Midnight have been sidetracked by an obligatory name change, a studio fire, scrapped recordings from different producers, a crippling lawsuit they had nothing to do with and an 11th hour record label change. We’ve been put through the wringer, man,” says vocalist Shi. “We’ve totally been fed through it. If it’s true that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger than we must be the strongest band in the world.”

The years of trial and error, and even more years of being uprooted and returning to square one made Savage After Midnight a more professional band, improving their chemistry and allowing them to fine tune their presentation both live and in the studio. The band connected with producer John Falls (Egypt Central) and recorded what would become the “11:59” EP. The band’s “work-hard-by-day, rock-harder-by-night” ethos is poured into a collection of songs that are an energized, emotional introduction to musicians that desperately want to make a mark, but only on their own terms. S.A.M. music is aggressive, but still has pop sensibilities. The tracks are colored by galvanic hard rock passages, a contrast of screamed melodies and soaring hooks, and it’s augmented by electronic segments that give the band a modern edge.

“10 Feet Tall,” the first single and video release from the EP is already making inroads at SiriusXm Octane and Music Choice. It’s anthemic and energizing, building from a melodic verse, through a propulsive bridge and into an unforgettable chorus. “Unleash,” the opening cut on the EP, is a message of empowerment in the face of adversity, driven forward by steady backbeats, chugging guitars and electronic effects. “Heartless Machine” is an intense song about soldiers who are sent to war and desensitized, trained so that they will obey commands that civilians never have to contemplate.

Savage After Midnight has toured with Shinedown, Sick Puppies, and Story of the Year. They are setting up the release of “11:59” with a leg of East Coast dates opening for Pop Evil. More tour dates are being confirmed, and the band also has additional songs recorded for another EP to be released in late 2019 or early 2020.

Living up to the band’s name, leader Shi admits: “We all like to get wild. There’s something savage about us when it comes to throwing down and partying – it’s just who we are. We work really hard, but at the end of the day we’re down for a good time. We’ll put on whatever work hat we have to, but once it strikes midnight it’s our time and it’s time to tear it up.” 2019 will be the year that Savage After Midnight tears through the rock world and at long last, makes it mark.

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