From Ashes To New, a power house rock sextet formed two years ago in Lancaster, PA with members Matt Brandyberry (Vocals/Guitar/Keys/Programming), Chris Musser (Vocals), Dan Kecki (Guitar), Branden “Boo” Kreider (Guitar/Vocals), Garrett Russell (Bass) and Tim D’onofrio (Drums) is on the road showcasing their current EP Downfall. I got the chance to chat with Chris on the phone from the road in North Dakota.
Shockwave: I hear From Ashes To New on Sirius XM Octane all the time. How does it feel knowing how well they are supporting you?
Chris Massey: That is how we got started. Some random fan posted our music on Octane’s Facebook page. We have no idea who that fan was. All we know is that we were never able to find out who it was but they posted it on there and it was picked up by Vinnie (Vincent Rockwell). He just started playing it ever since. “Stay This Way” was the first one we put out there. We wish we could find out who did that for us.
You’re currently on tour with P.O.D. and Islander. How is that going?
All of our styles go together. We have a little bit of the rap element in there too, and Islander does as well. I didn’t really know about them until this tour either. Their cd is actually in our RV right now. It’s playing as we are driving.
I assume you are getting a lot of crossover fans from these other bands?
The fans are all getting along so that is going good.
You have played some big festivals already. How does it feel to be up in front of those gigantic crowds?
It’s the best feeling ever! The small clubs are fun too. They are a little more personal. But we love being on a big stage. There are 6 of us and the small stages get really crammed and it’s hard to move around. We like to have some room to run side to side. We had a great time at Welcome to Rockville
and Rock On The Range. There was a huge sea of people out there. I can’t wait for that again. We have a couple big festivals coming up Rock Allegiance and Dirt Fest so that will be a good time too.
Was Hollywood Undead a big influence to From Ashes To New?
Actually no, not really. Matt was the only one that listened to them. I didn’t really know about them until we went on tour with them. I had heard of them, but never really listened to them.
What bands were your main influences?
For me, growing up, I listened to Alice in Chains, Pantera, Alexisonfire and Glassjaw was a big influence. Later on, I listened to a lot of 36 Crazyfists. I wasn’t really huge into the mainstream stuff. I like the less known, more underground.
What is your biggest accomplishment to date, personally and as a band?
I think just the fact that we got to quit our day jobs and come out here and do this. It’s a pretty big accomplishment. To get to live our dream that we have been trying for our whole lives. To get to play with all these other great bands at these festivals that is a great honor to get to do that.
You guys have a giant tour coming up with Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach and In This Moment. Are you looking forward to that?
I can’t wait for that, it starts in September. It should be a lot of fun and a lot of big crowds. It will be a lot of adrenaline it will be a good time.
Do you have a favorite city or venue that you guys have played?
There have been so many great ones that it’s hard to pick one out. One that has always stood out to me was Poughkeepsie, N.Y. People go crazy up there. Colorado too; there are tons of good places everywhere. I think that Rock On The Range was the most fun though, just for the fact that there were so many people! People back as far as you could see. That was a great adrenaline rush.
When did you start your first band?
Oh man… I am not even sure! Probably 16. I had a really crappy band. Probably around high school was when I started getting really serious about it. I started playing out probably around 17-18 I started getting something together.
Do you play any instruments too or just sing?
I started out playing Bass and then moved to guitar. I actually played that in some of my first bands and then we could never find a singer so I thought I would give it a shot. It actually worked out well and I just started in with singing ever since.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Oh man. I think it might have been Korn? It was a low-dough show. I think they were in it. But, I barely remember where I was yesterday. *laughs*
So you guys are going to have a full album coming out?
Yes, it’s called Day One. It got pushed back again to sometime this winter. I’m not sure when; there is no exact release date for it yet. We were hoping for a fall release but it got pushed back to winter now.
Do you have a message for your fans?
We try to keep everything positive. With all of our lyrics especially the new album we have some darker undertones. We are trying to leave a positive message to our fans. Never give up, believe in yourself. That sort of thing.
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