Employing a versatile amalgam of metal, hip-hop, hard rock, and electronicore, Pennsylvania’s From Ashes to New first found success with the hard-hitting and emotionally charged single “Through It All,” which appeared on their 2016 debut LP, Day One. The group further honed their empowering metal/hip-hop hybrid style on subsequent efforts like The Future (2018) and Panic (2020), with the former effort yielding the Top Ten Billboard Mainstream Rock single “Crazy.”
A side project that turned into a main band for all involved, From Ashes to New fell together with members from other Lancaster, Pennsylvania bands that were falling apart. Vocalist and guitarist Matt Brandyberry started the band in August of 2013, and the lineup gradually coalesced around area veterans Chris Musser (rapping, vocals), Branden Kreider (guitar), and Tim d’Onofrio (drums).
We had the honor of asking Matt Brandyberry from From Ashes To New a few question
Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of
our readers that may not know about the band?
The band formed in 2013 in Central Pennsylvania. After years of trying to make it in
local metal bands it was time to try something new. FATN was a style I’ve always
loved, so I thought “why not give it a shot?” Now we are spread out with members
living in New York, Ohio, California, and Pennsylvania.
What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?
Music was always an energy that I couldn’t describe. It gave me a feeling of hope and
understanding. Just listening to it made me feel a way nothing else ever had, so I
decided that I would learn how to create my own. It’s a universal language we all
speak and a lifestyle that is second to none. Life without music is like living without
food, sleep, or water…it just can’t happen.
So, what is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
Yeah, we released our newest LP “Panic” in August of this year. Along with it
came a few music videos (you can find on YouTube) and a bunch of other dope
content. We’ve done a few covers to keep ourselves busy while being off due to
Covid. Follow our socials and you’ll see what we’ve been up to this year.
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
I went to school to be an electrician and actually ended up working as a union
member for a cable corporation. That’s what I was doing as the band began to break,
so I can only imagine that’s where I would be if I wasn’t in FATN. Crazy how things can
change in an instant!
What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?
I’ve been asked to sign someones vagina…that was pretty weird lmao!
If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?
Honesty, integrity, accountability, respectful, and caring. It’s important to not be a shitty
person…especially in todays climate.
On a scale of one to 2593, How good is your new single compared to your last
single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
Most definitely 3000! This new stuff is the best music we’ve put out to date. So much
growth in our evolution. Couldn’t be happier with what we are doing!
What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?
I would have to go with “Panic”. That song just does it all for me. The lyrics are representative of
my life, the instrumental is exactly what I love in music, and the performance from all members
is top notch. One of my favorite tracks from any artist ever…I’m just grateful to be a part of it!
Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would
you achieve that?
I think there’s always room to grow. I’ve grown since our conception and will continue to as we
evolve as a band. It’s important to never think you have nothing new to learn.
If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should
(or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
I grew up poor in small town that nobody has ever heard of….you can do anything you put your
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Fire…self explanatory lol
Who are you inspired by?
It would take all day to name my inspirations, so I’ll give you 3. Eminem, Linkin Park, and
Adema. Those are 3 artists I listened to daily when I was a teenager. So relatable and aggressive.
What’s an average day like for you?
Right now? Get up, take out the dogs, eat breakfast, stare at my phone until I realize that I’m
wasting too much time, work out, do some random shit, eat a few more times, watch some
Netflix, pass out. 2020…Exciting right?!
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
Fans are everything. I try to take as much time to respond and react as I possibly can. Sometimes
we will give them an opportunity to ask us stuff in the comments of a post or utilize the
livestream features on social media to answer questions there. Anywhere and everywhere
really…if I have the time to give to our fans, they will get it.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
Yeah, I think it’s pretty normal honestly. It’s not anxiety about performing or crowds really, it’s
about the fear of a technical malfunction. I live for the stage and always want everything to go
right. It’s a buzzkill if something get’s messed up. Who wants their buzz fucked up? Lol
Tell me about your favorite performance venues?
At this point it’s hard to remember. Arenas are bad ass and so are stadiums. Clubs are intimate
and provide an experience like no other. I can’t remember the name, but the one venue we played
in Tokyo was insane!
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Perfect your craft. First impression is everything, so be patient. If you don’t love what you create
how can you expect anyone else to? Remember, you don’t know everything and a head strong
attitude in this business can be very dangerous. Don’t plan to make millions right out the gate,
that’s incredibly unrealistic in the era of modern music. Just keep grinding and believe you are
worth it. You’ll get there if you put in the work.
We would like to thank Matt for taking the time to answer our question.!! Make you you go check out their new stuff now!!!