May 14, 2015 From Ashes to New light up Amityville Music Hall Amityville, NY 4-23-15
Lancaster, Pennsylvania Rock band, From Ashes to New, has been creating a swell of noise in 2015. Put together by vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Matt Brandyberry as a team with vocalist Chris Musser, bassist Garett Russell, drummer Tim D’onofrio (drums), as well a guitarists Dan Kecki and Branden “Boo” Kreider, the band bring their own brand of Heavy Rock mixed with flavors of Hip Hop and Electronic music. Attaining a mass of experience in other projects in the Lancaster underground scene, this project sees the musicians hard work paying off with a record deal with Better Noise Records (a division of Eleven Seven Music), tours with some of the biggest names in Rock, and building a following across the USA. Recently coming off a massively successful tour with Hollywood Undead, From Ashes to New stay on the road with a mixing of Rock festival appearances and some headlining gigs across the country. Gearing up for an appearance at Monster Energy Drink Welcome to Rockville April 25th-26th, the band made a special trip up out to Amityville, New York on Thursday April 23rd to Amityville Music Hall for a special headlining show. With their names at the top of the bill, a dedicated group of fans took advantage of a chance to see the band in the quaint setting as they arrived excited to indulge in a full set.
Without any supporting acts, From Ashes to New took to the stage promptly and brought on the Electro opening of “My Fight,” which gave way to distorted guitars and Brandberry and Musser sharing vocals. With Brandyberry flowing on the microphone, busting out rhymes, Musser’s clean singing voice filled in the spaces as the track had everyone’s temperature rising. Striking the iron while it was hot, they burst right into newer track “Land Of Make Believe” with rapid speed vocals by Brandberry and thrashing guitars by Kecki and Kreider. A multi-layered track, it was seamlessly executed live and proof that these guys are legit. Tapping into deeper emotions, “Destruction of Myself” featured some beautiful somber piano strokes as well as Electro beat that was irresistible. Placing strong emphasis on the written context of their lyrics, Brandyberry brought each word to life, and it was easy to see the feelings were more than skin deep.
Above all, From Ashes to New is a band that want to project a positive message of hope and resistance from giving up. Therefor, the mood was uplifted by the bouncy “Live Again,” which filled the room with a colorful mix of sounds held together by D’onofrio’s timely and fierce drumming. Gracious for the enthusiastic response from the audience, the band were all smiles as they played on with new EP title track “Downfall,” followed by the emotional “Through It All” and “I Will Show You.” Given the chance to showcase all their material without time constrains from an opening slot, From Ashes to New gave the audience a heavy dosage of both their EPs and furthered the curiosity of what will come with their debut album later this Summer. Rounding out their set with the atmospheric and heavily melodic “Lost and Alone,” Musser’s vocals soared high, before the dark, hit single “Stay This Way,” which had the audience singing along in the final minutes of the performance.
From Ashes to New has an energetic delivery, but most of all, passion for what they are doing. Too many times it is easy to see through a performer and tell if they are dedicated to the material they are performing or not. From Ashes to New seem to bleed these tracks on stage, and that makes the live shows that much more intense. Recently opening for Vamp at Best Buy Theater in New York City on May 1st, the band move onto Columbus, Ohio May 16th to play Rock on the Range. Making new fans every where they go, From Ashes to New seem to be destined for big things in the future.