From across the waters, we are delighted to bring you this amazing nugget of gritty, yet polished gold from Pennsylvania’s rock quartet From Ashes to New. Their journey into the world of music so far has been marred with struggles, insecurities and a general, nasty habit of life getting in the way. But a combination of determination, an honest passion for the art and taking bold risks have ultimately paid off for these boys, as From Ashes to New they burst into your ears with their raw, shockingly real and gut-punching brand of hard-rock tunes. GIGsoup’s Evie Myers had the chance to chat with rapper Matt Brandyberry, who let us in to the world of this fabulous band, their history and their latest single ‘Broken’.

Just to get us started, would you like to introduce yourselves to the world of GIGsoup, and give us an amazing fact about yourself?

Hey all, this is Matt [the rapper in From Ashes to New]. I’m not sure how to give you an “amazing” fact, but I will say that everything you hear in our music is a personal life story and related to one or more of us in the band.  

Can you give us a brief history of From Ashes to New?

The band was started by a few guys just messing around making music. It’s my first attempt at putting my situations into lyrics. But after a few member changes we are now in a great position and ascending faster than ever before.

If I was trying to persuade someone to listen to From Ashes to New, how would you describe your sound? Give us your best sales pitch!

It’s a mixture of hip hop and rock music with a catchy groove. The lyrics are definitely something that a lot of “pop culture” music is lacking currently.

As a band, what would you say that your biggest influences are?

I don’t want to speak for anyone else, but I can give you three of mine and they are Eminem, Linkin Park, and Breaking Benjamin.

If we could delve into the track ‘Broken’ for a minute, it’s got a real gritty vibe running alongside some incredibly heartfelt vocals and thought-provoking lyrical content: it’s amazing! Can you give us a little insight into this track and how it all came together?

It’s about how I’ve had many people in my life who have tried to cast me out. I was always feeling broken, like I didn’t fit in and people were trying to keep me from being myself and they were ultimately succeeding. This song is a message telling them that no matter what they do, I won’t be broken. 

You guys have got a tour coming up, how excited are you for that, and what can we expect from one of your shows?

It’s our first full headlining tour, so it’s pretty exciting. We get to see what we are really made of and how the last few years have influenced our fans. Our shows are real, inspiring, and full of energy. 

And the big one for us Brits, do you have any plans to tour in the UK?

We hope to make it there in 2019, but nothing is set up quite yet.

If there is one thing that you could change about the music industry of today, what would it be and why?

I would change the mentality that’s currently exists in many parts of the industry: that everyone is out for themselves. Seasoned artists should endorse younger artists rather than compete. It takes actions like this to keep genres alive. Pop and Rap are doing just fine partly because of this mentality. 

Finally, what does the future hold for From Ashes to New?

More meaningful messages, more amazing tours, and success. We plan to be here for a long time.