Tom Weaver, lead vocalist of Casey, an emotive-hardcore band from the UK, answered questions about the new album, talked about saving face, and the realness of the band’s music. The UK band released “Where I Go When I am Sleeping” in mid-March, and we have been feeling it ever since. The album’s lyrics are anything but surface level. Surprisingly, many of the songs were only half way done when Casey went into the studio.
“[We had] the intention of stitching it into place during the recording process, which is exactly what happened. We definitely took more material into the studio than we needed, and there was a fair amount that didn’t end up fitting into place with the rest of the album, but everything that made the record was intentionally placed there.”
The scope of the lyrics meets the depth of sound Casey reaches in all of the band’s songs. From a softer voice in “Flowers By The Bed” to the powerhouse vocals and spoken word in “Wound”, the album is anything but cookie-cutter. There is no surprise that Casey leaves everything on the table when recording the songs. From vocals to lyrics, everything Casey puts out is straight to the point and raw, allowing fans of the band to relate to the record. To put it bluntly, Weaver explained he does not write for the listener. He writes for himself.
“I’ve always been of the opinion that my own satisfaction should come first and foremost, and anything further than that is just a bonus. Obviously it’s wonderful that people are so receptive and supportive, and we’ve had so much lovely feedback, but if all that was taken away tomorrow, it wouldn’t alter my perspective on Casey. The only standard I hold our music accountable to is my own.”
With writing and producing music comes hardships for any artist. Many of the songs on the new album are from Weaver's experiences.. He chooses to wait to process and reflect upon the experiences before writing the music. He likes to think there is a “palpable level of authenticity” in their music. A large theme of the record is about mental health. Weaver points out, “…I see a lot of bands taking sensible steps towards protecting themselves rather than just running themselves into the ground for the sake of saving face. Discussing my life retrospectively is just my way of doing that.”
With the rawness of the album and how relatable some of the songs are, Weaver is hesitant when writing songs about his family. “…the hardest part for me is knowing HOW far I can push it and how intimate to be.”
Casey must be doing something right because fans across all social media platforms are having a connection with the album, which can only mean one thing. The band had to tour it.
In mid April, Casey finished a 20-city European tour. Eight of which were sold out shows. They sold out venues that they were the opener for two years prior to their most recent headlining shows. From playing gigs with Boston Manor and Alazka, the band found out what was most important to them.
“Those two tours really instilled a sense that staying authentic to our art was paramount, and it was something that all bands involved really respected.”
If you are like us and in the U.S., you may have to wait a little while to see them live. But once Casey hits the stage, we will be there. For now Casey is planning on taking their sound beyond Europe, “The further we can push [our music] the better.”