Between their explosive sets at Earthday Birthday and Welcome To Rockville, we had a chance to chat with From Ashes To New guitarist Branden “Boo” Kreider.
He provided some interesting insight into the band’s history, their quick rise to fame and what’s coming next.
You can also see our From Ashes To New photos from their EDBD23 set on the RARAsFarm Facebook Page HERE
Cretin: Your new album, Day One has taken off and you’ve been thrust into the spotlight. Does it seem to have happened suddenly for you?
Kreider: It’s been pretty sudden and pretty big. But it has been an onward climb where we keep climbing the mountain trying to get to the top. That’s what we’ve strived for this whole time.
Cretin: Have you played much in Florida?
Kreider: We did Welcome To Rockville last year, as well as Earthday Birthday and this year’s Rockville.
Cretin: How do you end up being in a successful rock band when you come from Amish Country in Lancaster?
Kreider: It just kind of happened, but there have been a few other bands from that area, like August Burns Red and Breaking Benjamin, and Halestorm is from Central Pa.
Cretin: How did the five of you come together?
Kreider: We all played in local bands together and none of them went the way we wanted them to. And then this project came along. From Ashes To New is like the best of the best of those local bands. All of the puzzle pieces seemed to fit and made us what we are today.
Cretin: Were you all tight with each other when you played in separate bands?
Kreider: We’ve all known each other for awhile. I was in Chris Musser’s band for six months, because I was like the go-to guitarist when a band needed someone, and I was in our drummer Tim’s band for six months, I played a couple of shows with Matt’s band, plus I had my own band.
Cretin: Who orchestrated all of the pieces coming together?
Kreider: Matt is the one who put it all together and had the original idea for From Ashes To New. Then he got Chris in on vocals and then gave me a call back when we only had 3 songs done on the first EP.
Cretin: What led to the five of you clicking and working so well together?
Kreider: We’re all going for the same common goal. Write great music that we like and that we think the fans will like, and we write lyrics trying to keep the message positive, which is unlike so much metal where the message is dim.
Cretin: What’s more satisfying for you playing at a huge festival like this or creating the music in the studio?
Kreider: I absolutely love playing shows live to get that energy from the crowd especially these big festival shows, and I love feeding off of the crowd and getting their immediate feedback. But I also love writing for an album where people love it and are playing it on repeat.
Cretin: What was the feeling the first time you heard some random person listening to your new stuff?
Kreider: Social media makes it cool. We get tagged by people taking pictures of it on their car radio when their local station plays it, or on Sirius XM Octane, or just buying the album.
Cretin: Has your hometown station been a big supporter?
Kreider: I grew up in the Lancaster area and always listened to 105.7 The X. When they started playing it in regular rotation, it was was just amazing. We had been on their Under The Radar local show on Sunday nights, but finally we made it to regular rotation and it was like “Wow.”
Cretin: What’s next as far as new music? Have you found any time to write lately?
Kreider: We write a little but when we get some time off, but lately it’s been bang, bang, bang with tours and so little time off. We’ll probably start writing more after the next touring cycle wraps up.
Cretin: What’s the creative process like?
Kreider: The main core of writers is myself, Matt and Chris and we bounce ideas off of everyone else, too. We do all of the pre-production and get everyone’s ideas. And we listen to everyone’s ideas and sometimes change stuff. When we record, everyone is there and we’re all giving our two cents. If it’s a good idea we try and if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. So far it’s been working.
Cretin: What’s next after this run of festival dates?
Kreider: We are touring with Hellyeah, Escape The Fate and New Year’s Day. Then we go to Germany for a few festivals and Download in the UK (then Vans Warped Tour).
(See full tour dates below)
Cretin: Those are some killer festivals and great exposure. Have you done Europe before?
Kreider: No this will be our first time. The only place we’ve been is to Tokyo with a local Japanese band, with PVRIS and All Time Low, and it was great playing two sold out shows there. I’m really excited to play Germany and the U.K. as I’ve never been there before and those fans are so passionate.
Cretin: Alright, this last question is from The Rock Villains, a group of crazy rock fans from Welcome To Rockville. Let me know some of your influences, either musical or not?
Kreider: Bands like Periphery.
Cretin: I saw them at Rockville last year and they killed it.
Kreider: Yeah, I missed them at Rockville, but saw them at Rock On The Range and they were great. So Periphery, Breaking Benjamin, Sevendust and Korn. I even like EDM Bands like Daft Punk, Dead Mouse and Skrillex, and even some country bands…
See our From Ashes To New photos from their EDBD23 set on the RARAsFarm Facebook Page HERE
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