Casey Announce Farewell Tour

I wish that I didn’t have to be writing these words right now because Casey are a band who meant so much to me over the last twelve months but I know whatever the members go onto in the future it’ll be something they’re proud of.

They’re calling this tour the ‘It’s Time For Us To Bury Our Love’ which will see them play 20 shows across Europe and the UK over April and May. Acres and Gatherers will be on the run as their support.

Here are the UK dates.

May 2019

6th – Nottingham Rescue Rooms

7th – Bristol Exchange

8th – Manchester Revellion

9th – Leeds Key Club

10th – London The Dome

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RIP Casey 2014-2019

I really didn’t expect to hear this band breaking up so soon. Welsh hardcore group Casey have announced they’re breaking up.

I have to say before I go on any further that this has been one of my records of 2019 for what they created was unlike anything I have heard in my life. But for myself, the atmosphere of what they created was the most important thing as live it was just something too special for words. This is a band I hope people come back to for years to come and will just listen and listen to the point where they’re inspired to start their musical journey.

Taking to Facebook to explain the reason for calling it a day.

“A sad reality of growing up is learning that just because a situation is good, it doesn’t mean that is it necessarily the right thing for you. The ability to remove yourself from a moment when everything seems to be going well, when everything is halcyon, is incredibly difficult to do.

Casey has always been the product of our collective passions, and as a result of that, we’ve never been a band that has cared all that much about public perception or statistical performance. Providing we were satisfied with the music we were making, the performances we were giving, and providing we were genuinely invested in the story being told, then that was more than enough to keep us happy. A performance to 10 people was equally as valuable as one to 10,000, and 10 streams were equally as gratifying as a million.

However, as a caveat of that ethos, in the interest of upholding our artistic integrity and safeguarding our mental health, we agreed that the moment we no longer felt creatively or emotionally invested in the art that we were making, we would lay Casey to rest. The time has come to say that although there are aspects of the band we all still love dearly, we have to be honest with ourselves, and admit that now is the right time to draw Casey to a close.

We’ve always been incredibly lucky to have our music and visuals received with a great deal of praise, from a wonderfully supportive community, who have also invested a lot of themselves into the band. The lyrics I have written have been reinterpreted in ways I never could have imagined, and in some cases have served as the muse for incredible pieces of art that fans have shared with us. But I am no longer the angry, conflicted man I was when writing a large portion of our songs, and to perform them nightly without being emotionally invested not only ties me to a place in my life that I no longer wish to remember, but feels like a betrayal of the authenticity upon which Casey was built.

As a band, we’ve shared experiences we never could have dreamed of, and met people that we’re both humbled and honoured to now consider friends. We’ve had the pleasure of working with a wonderful network of professionals from all over the world and have performed alongside some of our most revered peers. We’ve confided in our audiences, both online and in person, and in return have been confided in.

What we have made is larger than the five of us. A community has gravitated towards our humble little creative outpouring and has given our music significance beyond anything we could ever have imagined. In that regard, Casey will continue to live on through the meaning you have provided to our existence; and who knows, in a few years we may collectively feel there is a new story that needs to be told. Right now, however, it’s time to close this chapter of our lives in a place where we’re all happy and proud of what we’ve accomplished.

It’s time for us to bury our love.

There will be a final tour of Europe, the details of which will be released Monday, December 10th, at 10am GMT. And thanks to the assistance of a dear friend, there will also be a very special, one-off headline show in America which we cannot wait to reveal to you.

In conclusion, we’ll never be able to summarise our gratitude towards our fans, friends, families, and fellow creatives who’ve made these last 4 years as perfect as they have been. Honestly, from the bottoms of our hearts, thank you for everything.

All our love, forever,

Tom, Toby, Max, Martyna, Liam, Alec, and Adam
Casey
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Music Videos 26/10/18

It’s that time of the week I love. That’s right, another music video roundup. For those new to the blog and the post, this weekly post is where I search for the best videos released in the last week, and there have been some great ones released in the last week.

First up are the lads from Ice Nine Kills who have been releasing some amazing music videos as of late. Their latest release is the fourth instalment of ‘The Silver Scream film’ in Stabbing In The Dark.

 

Let’s go next to Rise Records latest signings Ashland. They’re a duo from St. Louis who have dropped a new EP, ‘misc’ a visual video to celebrate the occasion.

 

Moving to some Singer/ Songwriter music. British Pop-Punker Bronnie never stops. She’s already released two EP’s this year and now has moved onto a new video for ‘Fake It’.

The video sees footage from her history, edited with cartoonish lyrics across her Pop-Punk backdrop.

 

Next up are The Menzingers are getting back into the swing of things, especially with their new track called ‘The Freaks’, accompanied with a Halloween themed music video.

 

And next, let’s go to LA for a little bit of punk. Drug Church are in the lead up to release their new record, and to celebrate, they have a brand new video, ‘Unlicensed Hall Monitor’, which focuses on the bad faith arguing and sanctimonious behaviour that often thrives on social media faith arguing and sanctimonious behaviour that often thrives on social media.

 

Moving on, ahead of this bands supporting slot for Shinedown, London trio Press MECO have dropped a video for ‘Itchy Fingers’ which is about the insecurities and negative thought patterns that present themselves at certain points in life.

 

More Halloween style videos! Yungblud have dropped a gory video for ‘Kill Somebody’ which will see him cover himself in a lot, and I mean a lot of blood!

 

Now to go to the Ukraine! After a few years of touring, heavy-hitter Kinjer are now back and ready to unleash new music, and now they’re going ‘Ape’. On the track, the band have said: “We’ve been constantly on the road, grinding and working tirelessly to bring our music to new places and new ears and this track is the culmination of all the blood and sweat, the good, the bad and the sacrifices we’ve made in the last two years to get to this point. We really hope you enjoy it because this would not be possible without you- our supporters and believers. This one is for all of us!”

 

To Yorkshire! For our penultimate video, we have the latest signee to Stay Sick Recordings and they have the perfect celebration in the form of their video for ‘Good For Nothing’. The track is expected to feature on the band’s upcoming and yet-to-be-titled record.

 

And lastly on this weeks video countdown list, we have the ever fantastic, Casey with their video for ‘The Funeral’. Speaking about the video, frontman Tom Weaver has shared “We are once again incredibly please to be collaborating with our longstanding creative director and friend, Martyna Wisniewska, and take great pride and pleasure in presenting to you the cinematic new video for our latest single, The Funeral.”

Impericon Announce 2018 Never Say Die Tour!

New tour announcement! The annual Impericon Never Say Die Tour! is coming back for its 2018 iteration and now the dates and bands have been unveiled.

Headlining are Aussie metalcore fave’s Northlane and completing the huge lineup is Being As An Ocean, Alazka, Casey, Polar, Currents and Thousand Below.

And these are the dates.

November 2018

4th – London Koko

5th – Bristol SWX

6th – Manchester Club Academy

7th – Birmingham Asylum

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Live Review: Casey @ Newcastle Jumpin’ Jacks

Jumpin’ Jacks, Newcastle, 15/04/18

Support: Endless Heights, Rarity

It’s a relatively fair night in Newcastle, but thankfully we have some great bands tonight to tap into our energy. Tonight is nothing less than brilliant for Casey, who are pushing forward this year with their latest record, ‘Where Do I Go When I am Sleeping’.

Starting out the night was Rarity, who just commanded the audience from the moment they were on stage. with their blaring choruses and huge songs, they showed Newcastle just what’s to come on the night. Additionally, having listened to them previously, it’s a pleasure to see what the future of the scene is intended and that it is safe hands.

Next were Endless Heights and I have to say, Australia has some fine bands being exported at the moment and they’re absolutely the ones to describe as the best. With a quickfire and an infectious sound to give the audience, it feels as if the room is spinning just stand still with all the energy they gave into their performance and if things look up soon, hopefully, they’ll be across again soon for a headlining set.

After a brief intermission, Casey was brought to the stage and just immediately below everyone away. Jumpin’ Jacks was filled to the brim of the legion of fans that made their way and even had the room shaking with anticipation for their onslaught. However, this doesn’t encourage the South Wales band from putting everything into this performance. Additionally, with their vocalists, (Tom Weavers) new haircut, they have all the looks and the talent to be the best thing coming out of the country this year. From the raw emotion, the performance was just amplified in comparison to other recent tours where the crowd was just chanting along to their set. With plenty of music to choose from off their latest record, the hardcore band pulled off something not just unique but also spellbinding tonight.

 

 

Rating 7/10

 

Rarity

 

Endless Heights

 

Casey

A Conversation With… Casey

Now, we’re back and swinging with the interviews! Recently I’ve been branching out to accommodate the different genres to satisfy everyone’s needs for the hardcore and post-hardcore fix they truly want! I headed up to Newcastle Jumpin’ Jacks to have a chat with their vocalist, Tom Weaver about the new record, touring and haircuts! Believe me, it’s one of my favourites!

 

Jack: Hey Tom, nice spiffy haircut you got there.

Tom: I do yeah, a nice buzzcut.

Jack: It does work for you though.

Tom: I used to super long hair down to my chest.

Jack: I can’t imagine you having that.

Tom: It was a few years ago and then I shaved my head for charity and been saying I’ll grow it out but I just got sick of it. I was planning to shave it again but perhaps not in these circumstances.

Jack: The most I can go down to is probably my eyebrows but after that, I’m thinking, nope, it’s out of control. I need a haircut.

Tom: Mine goes to a really weird length. It gets wide rather than long and then the weight of it pushes it down again but I go through a really weird mum haircut phase where it just goes down to my nose.

Jack: But it could be worse.

Tom: Absolutely.

 

Jack: And you guys have had a pretty hectic few months. The new record dropped, Where I Go When I Am Sleeping’, Maida Vale, an EU tour and now you’re a few dates into the UK run of shows. It seems like you’ve hardly had time to stand still, let alone breathe.

Tom: Well, the album cycles gone down to a much better start than the last one because we recorded our debut record October and November in 2015 and then it didn’t come out until September in the next year so we were sat on it for ages and we couldn’t release anything, we were sitting around, couldn’t talk about it and then it eventually came out whereas, with this one, we recorded it in October, announced it in December and then it came out in March. We were touring at the time it was announced, then we had Christmas and then January, February we were working on content and had the Maida Vale session as well then when the record came out we had two weeks and we started touring so it’s gotten off to a much more exciting start and everything feels like its happening a lot quicker, there’s no waiting around.

 

Jack: So does that make you feel a lot more winded on this album cycle?

Tom: No, not really. I suppose this is how we expect to do it ourselves, especially since it was our decision to go in and do the record out of our own initiative rather than it was our label saying you should be writing a new record. It was just a case that we were doing Reading and Leeds festival last year and we knew we had the September and October off before The Amity Affliction tour and the Kerrang tour so we said why don’t we write a new record and record it? And that’s what we ended up deciding to do before the summer and we made sure we had a studio and producer booked and we did bits and pieces over that summer period but nothing too intensive and then when Reading and Leeds were out of the way, we wanted to make sure it was done out of the public eye so we posted on all our social media accounts saying we were off on a break for the next two months just because Liam had recently had a kid so we used that as an excuse on there so we said he’s going to spend time with his kid, we’ve all got personal lives to attend to and take a few weeks out so we’re ready for the Kerrang tour. But what we really did was go away, write the record and record it so we could announce it as soon as possible so we could keep it as secret as possible. So it went all about according to plan as much as we could’ve planned it.

 

Jack: Was there anyone in particular on social media bans?

Tom: I mean the studio we recorded the record was in the middle of nowhere so there was no service. They did have wi-fi and stuff but when we went in we even said to our producer, look don’t post anything, no social media, no Snapchat, nothing. Like I said with the previous record there was nine months with it being recorded and being released so to say to them you’ve got to keep quiet about it for nine months is a bit more difficult but we recorded it at the start of October and it was being announced in eight weeks time, you can keep quiet for that amount of time. And we were really happy with it, there were one or two little bits that got onto Instagram that wasn’t recording related but hinted at the fact that we were all together somewhere.

 

Jack: Was there anything said for that?

Tom: No, not really, we all had dinner together so we all sat around a table together but I think someone posted something one day and a lot of people were questioning it and we were just saying, just having dinner, we were round at one of the lads parents houses so we managed to just play it off.

Jack: Nothing suspicious here

Tom: It wasn’t as if we were pictured with all our instruments and in the middle of a session or anything. Two weeks before the record dropped, we had a lot of content for us saying here’s what you can post. Post it at this time, leave it for a week, next Saturday you post this at this time then a week later the first track comes out. It’s not a long time to wait and not too demanding, they were all fantastic.

 

Jack: As well, the records really atmospheric which is something you don’t get a lot with the genre these days.

Tom: It wasn’t really a conscious process in going into the record. We never said we were going to write five post hardcore songs and five hardcore songs, the difference between this and the last record was that essentially the process was reversed in a sense in that with the previous record everything was written and recorded as a collective and then when it came to the recording, because we all couldn’t be there at the same time, it was all finished off very individually so when Liam was recording his guitar parts it was just Liam and Toby and then when I was in it was just me and Toby. The core of it was Casey but it then became a little individual whereas with the new record, because Liam had a kid and the rest of us all working, we didn’t have the time to sit down and write it as a group so it was written more individually or in smaller groups and then we spent the whole time in the studio together and then it was finished as a collective and merged together while we were there. The instrumental side of it is something we’ve always done live, we’ve always written impromptu instrumental interludes between songs to go live. Toby and James are great musicians so if we know what key we’re in or what key we’re going into, they’re quite happy to improvise on stage with the atmospheric stuff and that was one of the things we’d like to carry across from the record. It would be nice if there were bridges connecting pieces of the music to give ourselves a little bit of a breather and give it a bit of character atmosphere and then carry the record through so it becomes a record instead of an album because an album is just a collection of music by the same artist whereas a record is a cohesive body of work that’s designed to be listened to as a single piece.

 

Jack: And does that carry on into the live dates as well?

Tom: Yeah, the way we discussed the set and the way we construct everything, we think about the flow of the show and how we like things to be carried through is a natural halfway point and the way we do it isn’t we play all the bangers at the start and then finish off with three slow songs, that’s one thing we wanted to avoid with the records as well in terms of tempo vs the melody. We didn’t want to go into the record and there’s like five bangers and then it tails off into this atmospheric thing for the rest of it because people are just going to turn it off halfway through where everything just blends into one and everything just becomes indistinguishable from one another, it’s something you always try to avoid.

 

Jack: When you’re always on the road you’re always eating out, where’s the best tour grub.

Tom: I’ll be honest, in the UK, we’ve pretty much planned what we’ll be eating every night and that’s how we think and that’s the beauty of it because we’ve been turing for three years now and going back to a lot of places we’ve been before. Everywhere on this tour, we think about it, what we’re going to do so in Newcastle we just went to St Sushi, which is by the O2, in London we all split up and went to Camden, I had sush again in Camden, in Leeds we went to My Tai, which is next door to the Key Club, tomorrow’s Plymouth so we’re going to have Fish and Chips and then we’ve got Manchester so I think some of us are going to go to the Northern Quarter, there’s a pretty cool place there called Pen and Pencil and there’s a really good coffee shop there called Ezra and Gil and then we’ve got Birmingham so we’re going to go to Not Dogs, a veggie and vegan restaurant. In fact, me and Alec, our tour manager we were on the Chon tour and we went there as well and everyone loved it. It’s a cool spot for bands. And in Nottingham on the last day, I think there’s a Wagamama next to the venue. We do eat a lot of Asian food. I would say, we tend to go for things that are a little more exotic mainly because in Europe we do get catering instead of sourcing our own food because a lot of the times it’s either pizza and pasta.

Jack: What would be on that Pizza?

Tom: I’m not a fan really, but most of the time bcause we do have a few vegans, veggies and a few meat eaters so we’ll have a vegan pizza of sorts so it’ll be the bread, sauce and some veggies, for the Veggie Pizza they just give us a margarita or a Veggie Supreme and the meat eaters pizza it’s normally a pepperoni. But if I had the choice between pizza or pasta, I’d go with pasta everytime.

Jack: I’m sort of in the middle, sometimes when I’ve had a bad pasta I just go off it completely.

Tom: With pasta, generally it’ll be a bolognaise but it’s genrally not difficult but would be to mess up but we get fed really well.

 

Jack: And do you have any out of studio hobbies?

Tom: I play a lot of video games. Ven when we were in the studio, there was an Xbox 360 there and I completed Half-Life two and because for the first nine days, I didn’t do much apart from hang around so I just played that all the time. There was also a pool table as well so I dotted around that. I cook a lot as well, so there’s more of that.

Tom: Is it more of that Asian food?

Tom: No, I generally make a lot of pasta and they’re more simple. I occasionally make Asian food but it needs to be seasoned a lot more and you have to be a lot more conscious of what you’re putting into it. It’s way more about balance than anything, it’s difficult to go wrong with it.

 

When you were younger, what was the first band you got to see live?

Tom: Liam and I, actually went to our first, well it wasn’t the first band I’d ever seen, I call this guy my uncle, he’s not my real uncle but he’s some relation to me though but he’s the drummer for the Manic Street Preachers so a lot of them, Stereophonics and Super Furry Animals, I went to a lot as a kid and the first I chose to go to was actually Stereophics but the first alternative I went to was with Liam and it was Funeral For a Friend, The Blackout and I’m not sure what capacity that was maybe around 200 in a town local to us, 10-15 mins from where we grew up, not in a city or anything, but that was the first alternative concert I ever went to and it was odd, a lot of bands we’ve played with or I’ve seen live later on I’ve watched in intimate venues, perfect example would be The Amity Affliction. I saw them and they opened for a Scottish band called Flood of Red in an eighty cap room in Newport in South Wales and it was £3 to get in and that was great. I think that will have been around eight or so years ago. It’s weird coming back to it and supporting them in 15,000 capacity rooms, it was a weird one.

 

And what’s next for the band in 2018?

We’re touring outside of Europe for the first time ever, that gets announced in a few weeks and then we have another huge EU tour at the end of the year which will be really exciting , it’ll be the first time we get to tour on a bus and we might be touring much further afield around September but we’re just waiting to hear back on that. Other than that, more content, music videos and bits and pieces over the summer.

 

Casey’s new record, ‘Where I Go When I Am Sleeping’ is available to buy and stream now.

You can view their video for ‘Fluorescents’, below.

 

Casey are currently touring the UK in support of their new record. The last dates of the tour are

April

17th – Manchester Satan’s Hollow

18th – Birmingham Asylum2

19th – Nottingham Rock City Basement

New Music Videos 09/01/18

It’s back! The first of the music video countdown posts in a long while. So why haven’t I posted one of these in a while? The bottom line is that I’ve been so busy! But now the workload has gone down a bit, I’m back and ready to go!

So, up first is the band known as Hercules Morse. They’re from Southampton and are just about ready to go on their debut full-length effort. It’s not out for a while but here’s the video for their lead single, ‘Everything Is Great’.

 

Next up are the lads from Four Year Strong. This is being released ahead of their upcoming US tour as the band have revealed a new video for the track ‘Nice To Know. It’s a little different from the usual material but enjoyable all the same. Watch it below.

 

Now we go to France. This is from the band Death Engine as the band are gearing up for the release of their second record, ‘Place Noire’ in April. Until then, here’s Modern Life. Check it out below.

 

We’re now moving across the pond to Great Grandpa for a track off their debut record, ‘Plastic Cough’, released last year via Double Double Whammy. This post, however, is concerning their newest video for ‘Teen Challenge’ which can be seen below!

 

Just coming off their UK headline tour, Hollywood Undead have released a new video to accompany the track for ‘Your Life’. It’s the bands latest single from their newest record ‘V’. Your Life can be viewed below.

 

Still coming off strong from his very own all-dayer, Lenmaina in London, Jamie Lenman hasn’t stopped so far this year as he is currently on his headline tour of the UK! While he’s on that, we can all see what he’s made of in the new video for his track, ‘Bodypopping’ below.

 

Now having the name for the new face of Emo is a lot to carry on his shoulders but by the looks of things, there’s no pressure as Nothing, Nowhere has dropped the video for REM.

 

If you were lucky to see Paramore’s Tour Three in the UK then you had a great time! For those who didn’t then their newest video for ‘Rose-Colored Boy’ will have to do as it’s full of Paramore goodness.

 

We’re going to return to the heavier side now. Casey drop their upcoming record ‘Where I Go When I Am Sleeping’ soon and now, we’ve had a glimpse of what else is coming to the table. Here the video for Phosphenes.

 

I’ve saved the best for last. This has to be one of my favourite tracks as well as videos at the moment. It’s the hard-hitting and female fronted band known as Dream State who hail from South Wales. They’re about to head out on their headlining UK this month and they’ve released their first music since signing to the label, UNFD. This is their newest video for ‘In This Hell’.

 

And that’s it for another week of music videos. Plenty of videos to view for one week. Until next week for another round of it all again.

Casey Announce Tour

Does anyone know about Casey??

No, well you will as the band are off on a UK tour in a few months time and they’re bringing Endless Heights and Rarity along as their support acts.

 

Here are the dates.

April

13th – London Boston Music Room

14th – Leeds Key Club

15th – Newcastle Jumpin Jacks

16th – Plymouth Underground

17th – Manchester Satan’s Hollow

18th – Birmingham Asylum II

19th – Nottingham Rock City

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Slam dunk Festival Announces Breakout Stage & Bands

There’s been another massive Slam Dunk Festival Announcement! This time it’s been in the form of the Rocksound Break Out Stage and the bands who will be playing!

In no particular order the bands are:

 

Casey

Vukovi

Sylar

Ocean Grove

Area 11

Homebound

The Gospel Youth

Makeout

 

Oh and there’s a competition via Rocksound to open the stage! Check out the link!

Here’s the stage post.

 

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Boston Manor Announce Tour

Boston Manor have been on the road  for the past year but they haven’t stopped, showing their passion for live music.

This time they’re taking the band Casey on tour with them!

They’re off on tour at the end of May which includes the Slam Dunk Festival dates but that’s just for Boston Manor.

MAY

22 – LIVERPOOL Buyers Club
23 – NEWCASTLE Think Tank
24 – SWINDON Level III
25 – BOURNEMOUTH Anvil
26 – CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach
27 – SLAM DUNK MIDLANDS – BIRMINGHAM NEC
28 – SLAM DUNK NORTH – LEEDS City Centre
29 – SLAM DUNK SOUTH – HATFIELD Forum

 

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