New Years Day Covers Pantera, Linkin Park On ‘Diary Of A Creep’ EP

New Years Day kicks off 2018 with a brand-new EP, a killer tour alongside In This Moment, all while continuing work on its much-anticipated new full-length album for a tentative fall release.

Diary Of A Creep is set for a January 26 release via RED/Century Media and kicks off with the brand-new, hard-hitting track “Disgust Me.”

New challenges and new worlds beckon, but first, it’s time for a celebratory look inward. This comes in the form of a brand new EP, Diary Of A Creep, which follows the tradition of landmark releases like Garage Days by Metallica by paying tribute to the artists who shaped the band, even as they continually redefine their music with each successive bold stage of their evolution.

New Years Day singer Ash Costello states: “I want to start by saying it was incredibly difficult to narrow this down to the five songs I wanted to cover the most. Narrowing it down to 20 songs was hard! Let alone just five.

“It felt very important to me to not only pay tribute to the artists that shaped who I am today, but to share it with all of you.

“It’s easy to dismiss where an artist has come from if you have no clue who they worshipped when they were just kids in school, dreaming of being a real musician someday. Honestly, every day, I can’t believe how far I’ve come and how absolutely happy I am that I get to share my music with whoever wants to listen, and these are just a few of the songs that helped me and shaped me along the way.

“When I was just a middle schooler, trying to get though those horrible teenage years, I wish I had known then that someday I would become one of the heroes I looked up to, and it would be all thanks to YOU.

“I am grateful to you for listening and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.”

“Diary Of A Creep” includes “Only Happy When it Rains” — featuring Lzzy Hale of Halestorm — a somber alt-rock anthem originally written and recorded by Garbage, the Shirley Manson-fronted band which includes songwriter and performer Butch Vig. There’s New Years Day’s version of the Linkin Park mega-hit “Crawling,” with Costello putting her own spin on the fierce vocal delivery of the late Chester Bennington. There’s “Don’t Speak,” the smash ballad from No Doubt’s diamond-selling album Tragic Kingdom. Dark new wave finds its way into the EP via New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle.” On the other end of the New Years Day spectrum, there’s Pantera classic “Fucking Hostile,” now a staple of New Years Day’s live show.