A side project that turned into a main band for all involved, rap-rock group 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).
After releasing a self-titled EP that same year, the group entered the studio with producer Grant McFarland and produced the Downfall EP for Eleven Seven Music in 2015. Bolstered by "Through It All," a Top 20 hit on the mainstream rock chart, From Ashes to New released their debut album, Day One, in February 2016. ~ David Jeffries