New Year's Day is an American rock band formed in 2005 in Anaheim, California. After building a reputation through promotion on the social networking website MySpace, the band released their debut EP in 2006. Their debut album My Dear followed in 2007. The band's second full length effort, Victim to Villain came out nearly six years after their debut. Their third album, Malevolence was released on October 2, 2015. It peaked at #45 on the Billboard 200, the band's highest charting.
Their music is categorized as self-proclaimed "Hauntedmansioncore", a spin on The Haunted Mansion mixed with rock music.
New Year's Day formed in early 2005 after bassist Adam Lohrbach left the band Home Grown. Home Grown's final EP, 2004's When it All Comes Down, had diverged from the band's previous style of humorous pop punk and incorporated many emotional elements that Lohrbach carried over into New Year's Day. Meeting with vocalist Ashley Costello and guitarist/keyboardist Keith Drover, the three friends began rehearsing songs that Costello and Lohrbach had written. These songs were heavily influenced by the members' shared emotional experiences, as all three had recently been through difficult relationship break-ups. Soon after, the group produced a two-song demo and added Eric Seilo, a mutual friend of the three, to play bass during their 2005 tours. Ultimately, Eric had to leave New Year's Day in 2005 to return to college. The group soon added guitarist Mike Schoolden (formerly of Wakefield) and drummer Russell Dixon and took the name New Year's Day. They chose the name on New Year's Day of 2005, feeling that the name symbolized the fresh start that they all desired.