Casey have announced that their second albumWhere I Go When I Am Sleeping will be released via Hassle Records on March 16, 2018. The new record is the follow up to 2016’s debut Love Is Not Enough is a deeply personal journey through vocalist Tom Weaver’s issues with physical and mental afflictions.
“I was diagnosed with brittle bones when I was born, and when I was 15 I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and at 20 I was diagnosed with manic depression. I’ve also had a heart attack and a stroke and I was in this crazy car accident that crushed half my face. They’re big life events, but a lot of the stuff that’s happened to me medically was stuff that I was just living through at the time. Looking back now, though, I realise I could have died four or five times. I’m lucky to be here.”
Casey – live on the Kerrang! Tour 2018 (w/ The Amity Affliction, Boston Manor & Vukovi):
5th Dec: Birmingham, Institute
6th Dec: Leeds, University Stylus
7th Dec: Glasgow, ABC
8th Dec: Manchester, Ritz
9th Dec: Newcastle, University
11th Dec: Dublin, Academy
12th Dec: Cardiff, University Y Plas
13th Dec: London, Kentish Town Forum
‘Where I Go When I Am Sleeping’ – March 2018 Release Shows:
16th – Kingston – Banquet Instore (Matinee All Ages) & Fighting Cocks (18+) (in association with Banquet Records)
17th – Cardiff – ***TBC**** (in association with Spillers Records)
18th – Sheffield – Picturehouse (in association with Bears Den Records)
Following their hugely exciting Slam Dunk set (see the review here), we caught up with Tom Weaver, frontman of one of the most promising upcoming British bands out there right now – Casey.
How’s your weekend been so far? Tom: It’s been really good actually. I managed to catch a couple of bands today which was cool, I was doing merch all day yesterday and at Midlands.
Have you got any good stories from the weekend so far? Tom: Yesterday, I’d just finished watching The Bronx and I was walking down to Shikari and a guy grabbed me and told me “ska music is exclusively for paedophiles and magicians” and that was it. He just wandered off.
What would you put in a Casey cocktail? (It doesn’t have to be alcoholic) Tom: Yeah I’ll take you up on that. No alcohol and no caffeine so… I have to be honest, it would probably just be tropical Sunny D.
What’s been your highlight of 2017 so far? Tom: There have been a few really. Impericon festival in Leipzig is at the top – that was the biggest show we’ve ever played by a considerable margin. That was our first experience of a real festival too, plus meeting the guys in Thy Art Is Murder was cool too. I’ve been a fan of them for a long time so meeting them finally was greit, and on top of that them being so incredibly humble and really nice people was a huge thing. Other than that I think getting feedback on the record has been good, hearing different people’s interpretations on it and everything.
Who would you like to support or support you in the near future? Tom: There are a load of bands we’ve said we’d love to play with like Lydia, Pianos Become The Teeth, Touche Amore… In terms of smaller bands to support us, we love Movements so if we could sort something with them that would be great. Our friends in Holding Absence obviously, we’ve been trying to sort something out with them for a while so hopefully that will come soon. This year has really opened us up to touring with bands outside our genre and style so that’s always an option again. We all caught Citizen this weekend and thought they’d be awesome to play with so…
How do you feel Casey has changed since we saw you at Butserfest last year? Tom: Nothing’s really changed, exactly. When we’re on the stage it’s very self-enclosed so the way we performed at Impericon for 8,000 people and the way we performed to a couple of hundred in the rain at Butserfest. Obviously we’ve seen an incremental increase in fan interaction since back then, and today was a perfect example of that. I think that was the first time I’ve ever been able to fully step away from the mic and hear the crowd back which was insane. Other than that, it’s just the gradual spread of fans week on week. We’ll have a look and see a few more in Australia and a few in America picking up on us so the organic increase of the fanbase is cool, but nothing has changed as a band exactly.
Which direction do you see your music going next? Tom: We’ve never sat down and had a conversation about how we want to sound. Everything we’ve written up to now has been a product of improvisation really so we’ll go to a practice room and see. Sometimes someone has come up with something and say “I wrote this at home, I think it sounds cool”, sometimes someone plays something and we’ll say “keep playing that, I’ll just try this” and it builds. Whether it becomes an interlude in the live set or if it becomes a complete song we don’t know until we’ve built it. We’ve never decided we want to be a post-hardcore band or a post-rock band or a we want to write eleven really atmospheric songs, we just write how we feel. We’ve been messing with some pieces that might become a record but in three or four months’ time we might decide we’re not really fans of that anymore and do something else. What we’ve been doing is more of the same in a way, but more mature. A lot more thought is going into the layering and how we can fill a room with it because of the different shows we’re starting to play now. There are points in big shows like Impericon where about a minute of the set was lost in translation because of the acoustics of the bigger rooms.
Thanks to Tom for chatting to us! Casey are a band increasing in size and following rapidly so get on with immersing yourself in their recordings and live shows now to follow their monumental rise that’s just around the corner…
Casey have released a new video for their track “Little Bird” ahead of their tour with Boston Manor.
Casey will be on tour with Boston Manor at the following dates
22.05.17 Liverpool, Buyers Club
23.05.17 Newcastle, Think Tank
24.05.17 Swindon, Level 3
25.05.17 Bournemouth, Anvil
26.05.17 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
27.05.17 Slam Dunk Midlands
28.05.17 Slam Dunk North
29.05.17 Slam Dunk South
If you like your melodic and emotionally charged post hardcore, you should definitely get your head wrapped around the new Casey music video that is guaranteed to have you transfixed at your computer screen.
Giving you some of the best in all worlds of metal and hardcore, Impericon Festival are back and in a big way with ten acts from all over the globe that are giving you some of the heaviest, emotional and dance filled tracks to put you on your radar. Here is our rundown of all the bands playing this years Impericon Fest.
Putting the groove back into your hardcore, Leeds based Higher Power are here to showcase their ever-growing talent as the festival openers this year. Whilst being quite unconventional with their approach, their material still hits hard with their ‘Space To Breathe’ EP being a great exhibition of their styles as well as their latest single ‘Can’t Relate’ being a sneak peek into their upcoming release. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, this band will make you proud of UKHC and UK music in general.
It’s time for your first section of an emotional whirlwind with South Wales post/melodic hardcore rising stars Casey and their beautiful approach to the genre. Having released ‘Love Is Not Enough’ back in September last year, the album gives you an amazing understanding of the different approaches the band can take with their experience and cult status around the world. With their strong melodies in ‘Haze’ to the punchy aggression in ‘Little Bird’, if you’re looking for a new band to add to your favourites, this will be it.
The technicality of this next band will send your brain into a loop as Napoleon are here to give you a lesson in fast paced technical metal that will leave you with a smile and a puzzled look. ‘Newborn Mind’ has been out for almost a year and it has been perceived as their best material to date with the addition of Wes Thompson providing you a different take on the band with his blend of clean/screams overtop the intricate instrumentation that is provided from the pounding of the drums to the clean cut precision of the band in each section, it will be a nice slice of variety in this years festival running.
BRUTALITY WILL PREVAIL
Another band from Wales but with a totally different musical view that gives you something destructive in its wake. Showing you the heavier side of hardcore blended with black metal/death metal undertones that gives you something full of fury that is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with, the band are setting their sights with their upcoming album release ‘In Dark Places’. As well as a career expanding discography which helps you give an idea how evil and ruthless this band can get, you can immediately get the notion where the crowd will get more involved in the pit.
Speaking of hardcore bands with massive pit action, nothing could be closer to the truth than with the homegrown lads in Broken Teeth who look to make a massive statement with a hometown festival slot. Their debut album was one that pleased a lot of the hardcore community with their pounding riffs that plow through the mix and the distinct vocal pattern that adds much more raw emotion into the bands work. With growth being shown in their work from their early classic ‘My Law’ to the two step jam from ‘Show No Mercy’, the natives are looking to give you a great representation of a hardcore band pushing themselves and their boundaries.
IN HEARTS WAKE
The first of the international bands coming out of the woodwork are bouncy metalcore group In Hearts Wake waving the first flag for Australia. The band are making more waves with their live presence and infectious music that if you are a fan of bands such as Of Mice & Men, this will be a band that you don’t want to miss out on. Their two latest record ‘Earthwalker’ and ‘Skydancer’ are prime examples of their new work at hand with tracks such as ‘Badlands’ being a forefront of their powerhouse of discography. With excitement for a new album looming and already reaching the halfway point of the night, this will lead you into new acts of awesome to follow.
MISS MAY I
Having been quite a few years since this band have come to the UK, it looks like Miss May I have a lot to prove when they take to the stage at Manchester Academy2. The heavy metal vibes were stronger than ever with their latest record ‘Deathless’ that channels all those thrash vibes but still keeps to their metalcore routes. With all the flavours of a modern metal band and, once again, an extensive discography that shows off the highs and lows that the band has gone through, its time for the group to step up once again and give you a fresh taste of what you’ve been missing for so long.
The first of two deathcore giants to take to the floor comes in the form of american made brutality known as Carnifex. As the band have progressed from a deathcore sound that seems to be all so familiar with the upcoming bands that come through, they’ve matured and honed their craft to create some annihilating releases such as their latest album ‘Slow Death’ which incorporates a bit of death metal influence. Having just been over to the UK and slaughtered the crowd as part of the Impericon’s Never Say Die tour, its starting to look like they’re going to finish what they started with Round 2.
BEING AS AN OCEAN
As a nice melodic hardcore filler for the deathcore sandwich, Being As An Ocean became a household name with their first record ‘Dear G-D’ and since then they have been making waves all over the world with their infectious lyricism and intricate creations with their latest self titled being another impressive listen to as well as their latest material that has been released over the year. ‘OK’ and ‘Dissolve’ are a perfect example of the band progressing with their sound and the fact that Joel Quartuccio gets very involved in the set and with the crowd, the main support for the night will no doubt be something that will leave you talking about the band and wanting another headline UK tour.
THY ART IS MURDER
Closing the night with a massive smattering on unadulterated deathcore are Australian juggernauts in Thy Art Is Murder ready to tear the entire venue down. With this being the first show on UK soil since CJ McMahon’s much loved return to the band and the release of their latest single ‘No Absolution’, the band are looking more fired up than ever to bring their craft to Manchester with a vengeance to people who may have forgotten. Now it will be the time for fans to hear more of their favourites from ‘Holy War’ with a familiar face as the headliners for this festival date is set to go off with a huge band.
With this looking to sell out, you best get your tickets now you know that all the bands will be awesome! You can purchase tickets HERE.
It’s another nice addition to the UK rendition of Impericon Festival with melodic post hardcore group Casey being introduced into the fold. With their latest cult classic ‘Love Is Not Enough‘ being brought into the fold this year, it’s going to be another exciting year for the band.
You can listen to ‘Haze‘ below as well as checking out the rest of the lineup.
We know that the upcoming and just starting out bands are just as important to cover than the bands who have been around for many years, that is why we have two bands who are just starting out of two different styles you should check out!
First up we have this Midlands based group called Outlines. Providing a strong riff structure for their first song released, both guitars work really well together and the vocal line provides a chill down your spine with the emphasis and emotion produced in the track. It has the taste of something that will no doubt get better and mature of the years to come and this first track is their placeholder for what to expect in the future from these guys.
Genre: Metalcore / Deathcore For Fans Of: The Ghost Inside / Thy Art Is Murder / Whitechapel
After their average release of their EP, they felt like something was missing from their whole musical piece as a whole. Now they have downtuned their guitars and brought something out of the woodwork that might be a surprise to those who are fans of the EP. This new single brings a medley of guitar riffs, powerful low screams and a few breakdowns for the easily pleased. Whilst the clean vocals waver between good and bad, this is definitely an enjoyable start and something different for the group.
Give these guys a check out on their Facebook/Bandcamp links below:
If you’re a fan of strong melodic/post hardcore that tugs at your heartstrings, then Florida’s own Conspire will definitely make that happen for you. With a new album coming out next month, they will definitely be an up and coming band that you will need to keep an eye on. Check out their latest track ‘1971‘ below!
They are currently on the homestretch of their tour with Everyone Dies In Utah, to which you can can check out below!
10.13 TRENTON, NJ | CHAMPIONSHIP BAR
10.14 ALBANY, NY | THE FUZEBOX
10.15 SYRACUSE, NY | THE VAULT
10.16 AKRON, OH | RAILTO THEATRE
10.17 TOLEDO, OH | FRANKIE’S
10.19 ST LOUIS, MO | FUBAR
10.20 KANSAS CITY, MO | THE RIOT ROOM