New Years Day’s Ash Costello always wanted to have a career in music, but many forces held her back—including herself. It was only after she chose to go from being a doormat to a one-woman demolition squad that her and brothers in rock started seeing their fortunes change. In this issue, 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.
We also caught up with Julien Baker who has received growing acclaim for her next-level confessional songwriting style and the unstoppable indie rock duo the Front Bottoms. Plus we asked members of BLACK VEIL BRIDES, CODE ORANGE, HALESTORM, FRANK IERO AND THE PATIENCE, OF MICE & MEN, PIERCE THE VEIL, PVRIS, SLEEPING WITH SIRENS and WATERPARKS a very important question: What’s the best thing you heard this year?
We also take a look at tons of up-and-coming artists you need to check out before your friends try to lie and say they heard them first, including PEARS, Sharptooth and Pale Waves. In the style department, we have a delightful selection of horror-inspired bath bombs that will make you shriek while you soak, and in case you missed it in your feeds, the ’90s are back. And to top it all off we have five staffers tell you what they think of the Used’s much-anticipated The Canyon.