NEW YEARS DAY

Ash Costello and her Mor­bid Men had a full al­bum ready to roll… and binned it. We find out why they de­cided to start again

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Ash Costello ex­plains why they trashed their new al­bum and started from scratch.

“WE HAD 15 SONGS AND

EVERY­BODY HATED THEM”

Three years af­Ter their last al­bum, Malev­o­lence, left its scars, Cali goth met­allers New Years Day find them­selves in the depths of a song­writ­ing haze, let­ting their creativ­ity flow at its own pace. Front­woman Ash Costello up­dates us on their progress on al­bum num­ber four, and their block­bust­ing, wom­en­pow­ered US tour de force with Halestorm and In This Mo­ment.

HOW HAS 2018 BEEN SO FAR FOR YOU, ASH?

“This year went by so fast! An all-fe­male tour has been talked about for years but it was al­ways writ­ten off; it wasn’t un­til Halestorm came up with the idea last year and ap­proached us and In This Mo­ment, and now we’ve been on the road to­gether for a year. We’re in a day and age where tick­ets don’t sell like they used to, but here are these three girls sell­ing out are­nas!”

YOUR EP, DIARY OF A CREEP, DROPPED EARLY THIS YEAR. WAS THAT COVER OF PANTERA’S FUCKING HOS­TILE IM­POR­TANT TO YOU?

“I’ve wanted to record it for years but ex-mem­bers of the team would say,

‘Are you sure you can han­dle that? Can a girl sing it?’ and that made me want to do it even more. It’s my favourite part of the day: I wake up think­ing. ‘I’ve got hours un­til I get to play Fucking Hos­tile.’ A lot of older metal fans come to our shows ex­pect­ing our cover to be a train­wreck and we prove them wrong. I can tell every­body there who wasn’t a fan be­comes a fan right away.”

IT’S BEEN THREE YEARS SINCE YOUR LAST FULL-LENGTH, MALEV­O­LENCE. IS NOW THE RIGHT TIME TO REINVENT YOUR­SELVES FOR A NEW AL­BUM?

“We’ve al­ways been rushed on ev­ery record be­cause of our busy tour­ing sched­ules, so we’ve never found the time to just write nat­u­rally. Malev­o­lence was recorded in the month be­fore

Warped Tour 2015. It was very drain­ing and I didn’t get the ex­act prod­uct I de­sired. I tried to find the most hon­est and dark places I was go­ing through at the time but I’m tired of slic­ing open a vein and bleed­ing ev­ery­where for a record. I’m start­ing to re­alise

I don’t have to. I can still write au­then­tic, emo­tional lyrics but paint a more fun pic­ture with them now I’m in a much hap­pier place.”

Who is on pro­duc­tion du­ties this time around?

“We’re us­ing two very re­spected pro­duc­ers which is pretty un­heard of,

but I’m so blessed that I get to work with them both to­gether. It’ll be a cross be­tween Mitch Mar­low and Scott Stevens, who are both re­spon­si­ble for a lot of Halestorm and In This Mo­ment’s pop­u­lar sin­gles. They met up for the first time this week to talk things out and I can’t wait to see what they do to­gether!”

Which stu­dio are You us­ing?

“There’s no par­tic­u­lar stu­dio yet, it’s been bounc­ing around from stu­dio to stu­dio. once we have a big batch of songs that look like a record, we’ll pick one but it won’t be Grey Area in Hol­ly­wood again – we’ve made three records there and I don’t want it to be too easy or repet­i­tive.”

anY other de­tails You can tease us With?

“We only have one fin­ished song so far that we all re­ally like – it’s called

I Sur­vived. That’s a sub­ject I talk about a lot be­cause I feel I’ve sur­vived quite a bit, but this time, it’s a dif­fer­ent take. The al­bum doesn’t have a theme yet but I want to let the record put it­self to­gether so we can run with it.”

is this Your first proper al­bum at­tempt since 2015?

“We spent 30 days in the stu­dio right be­fore Warped Tour 2017 and we had a fin­ished record of 15 songs, but I knew they weren’t great. We played them for the record la­bel and every­body hated them. So we scrapped it all and changed our man­age­ment, band­mem­bers and record la­bels. Now we have a team sur­round­ing us that un­der­stands us and lets us take our time.”

Can a girl sing it? Damn right she can!

We can’t wait to hear these!

Ash with Scott Stevens and Mitch Mar­low.Could this be the dream team?! Ash knows what she wantsand isn’t com­pro­mis­ing

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