Watch Rap-Rockers From Ashes to New's Concert Video for Single 'Through It All': Exclusive Video

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From Ashes to New

Rap/rock up-and-comers From Ashes to New never planned on being rock stars.

The Lancaster, Pa., sextet was just recording and performing for fun when it posted its song “Through It All” on its Facebook page for fans to enjoy. However, when SiriusXm’s Octane started spinning the track, the group’s online fan base surged. The groundswell caught the attention of Eleven Seven Music (home to acts like Apocalyptica and Nothing More), which offered the band a record deal in late 2014.

“We have so many influences in this band,” says Matt Brandyberry, who shares vocal duties with Chris Musser. “I’m influenced by a ton of things, so to me it’s just a music cocktail.” He cites everything from Christian rap and Eminem to Sevendust, Of Mice & Men and Breaking Benjamin as personal influences. “We take a little piece of everything we love and we put it together and blend it up, and it comes out From Ashes to New.”

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With rap/rock acts out there, the group has drawn inevitable comparisons to Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach, the latter of which From Ashes to New can now call labelmates. “Being compared to Linkin Park by any means is not a bad thing,” says Brandyberry. “Honestly, I’d like to say thank you to people for comparing us to Linkin Park, because they’re arguably one of the biggest bands that ever existed or may ever exist on this planet, and they’re incredibly huge and successful. It’s awesome to get that comparison.”

Brandyberry points out that his band is doing something different since “there’s really not a lot of bands that do this style of music. I think people seem to think that it’s played out, but I don’t think that it was ever touched upon. This style of music, we haven’t even scratched the surface of it yet," he insists. "We don’t stop at just putting rap and rock together. We have electronics. We have metalcore … There’s pop in there. If you want to dive into the subgenres of rap, there’s hip-hop in there. There’s a lot of different things in our music to offer. We like to think there’s a piece for everybody in one of our songs.”

From Ashes to New made its official bid for fame with the release of the music video for “Through It All” in November 2015, pre-empting its debut full-length, Day One, which arrives Friday. The track peaked at No. 17 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart the week of Feb. 20 and at No. 11 on the Hard Rock Digital Songs chart dated Dec. 5, 2015. However, the band is giving the song another push with a new video of live concert footage, which Billboard is exclusively premiering today. Watch the clip below:

Brandyberry says of the second video, “We wanted to showcase the song in as many ways as possible. The music video itself tells a story of what the song is about, and the live show is of us and the passion we put [into performing]. Not everyone in the world can come out right now to see us play live, so this is our way of saying, ‘This is us; this is what we do when we’re out onstage in front of the crowds.’ ”

He explains that “Through It All” is about how “we allow people that we come in contact with or become attached to [to] change us, and sometimes that ends. And when that ends, we’re left, whether we’re changed for the good of it or the bad of it, trying to remember the person you were before you were molded by the person that you met. Sometimes it’s difficult, so that song is kind of explaining those situations in life.

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“A big part with our lyrical take on things is to make sure people know that they’re not alone in a lot of the things that they do in life, that we all kind of experience the same things,” he adds. “That’s a big stand for us in every song that we write.”

Meanwhile, From Ashes to New is already at work preparing the video for album track “Lost and Alone.” In March, it’s heading on the road with Atreyu. On May 2, it will join two other labelmates, Hellyeah and Escape the Fate, as well as New Years Day, for the We’re All in This Together Tour of the United States. The trek kicks off in Baltimore and wraps June 5 in Las Vegas.

Here are upcoming tour dates: 

*Atreyu Dates

**We’re All In This Together Tour

*** Festival

March 5 – San Diego @ The Observatory (North Park) *

March 7 – Flagstaff, Ariz. @ Orpheum Theater *

March 8 – Farmington, New Mexico @ Top Deck *

March 10 – Fort Worth, Texas @ Rail Club *

March 11 – Houston @ Scout Bar *

March 12 – Pensacola, Fla. @ Vinyl Music Hall *

March 13 – Atlanta @ The Masquerade *

March 14 – Memphis @ New Daisy Theatre *

March 16 – San Antonio @ Alamo Music Hall *

March 17 – Lubbock, Texas @ Depot Patio *

March 18 – El Paso, Texas @ Tricky Falls *

April 2 – Las Vegas @ Extreme Thing Festival ***

April 23 – Orlando, Fla. @ WJJR Earthday Birthday ***

May 1 – Jacksonville, Fla. @ Welcome to Rockville ***

May 2- Baltimore @ Baltimore Soundstage **

May 3 – Clifton Park , N.Y. @ Upstate Concert Hall **

May 4  - Lancaster, Pa. @ Chameleon Club **

May 6 – Concord, N.C. @ Carolina Rebellion ***

May 7 – Indianapolis @ The Vogue **

May 9 – Nashville @ Cannery Ballroom **

May 10 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ The Intersection **

May 11 – Traverse City, Mich. @ Ground Zero Nightclub **

May 15 – Somerset, Wisc. @ Northern Invasion **

May 17 - Flint, Mich. @ The Machine Shop **

May 20 - Fort Wayne, Ind. @ Piere’s **

May 22 – Knoxville, Tenn. @ The Concourse at the International **

May 24 - Louisville, Ky. @ Mercury Ballroom **

May 25 – Arlington Heights, Il. @ H.O.M.E. **

May 27 - Columbia, Mo. @ The Blue Note **

May 31 – Denver, Colo. @ The Summit Music Hall**