Ash Costello says new music sounds like ‘Three Cheers’-era MCR, New Years Day

October 30, 2017
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We caught up with Ash Costello for issue 353 to talk more about her career in music, forces that have held her back—and finally seeing her fortunes change.

Read more: New Years Day’s Ash Costello is done letting people walk all over her

In the issue, Costello talks about working with two of her musical heroes, Gerard Way and Ray Toro, in Way’s home studio, along with engineer Doug McKean. (Who produced Way’s solo debut, Hesitant Alien.) Teenage Ashley—and even 2017 Ash—could never have dreamt to find herself in such a situation.

“I know this is silly,” she begins, “but when Gerard started calling me by my name, it was a really cool moment. I was like, ‘Oh shit! He knows my name!’ So, I’d be recording and I’d hear him be like, ‘Yeah, Ash will be able to hit this note fine’ or ‘Ash will be able to wail on this part,’ and I’m just sitting there like, ‘Oh my God! He’s talking about my voice!’”

And the result? She describes it as a “Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge-era MCR mixed with New Years Day.” And we couldn’t be more excited for NYD's newest chapter.

In her cover story, Costello digs deep into her past to tell the story of how she dropped her fear of losing people and opportunities to become a strong, confident role model for her fans. Pick up the new issue below!


How excited are you for New Years Day’s new album? Let us know in the comments below!

Watch more: Go behind the scenes of Ash Costello’s AP cover photo shoot

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