If you haven’t heard of Casey, you are missing out on a band that likes to tell a story with their music. Thankfully they are on the verge of releasing their second album as ‘Where I Go When I Am Sleeping’ is available as of March 16th via both Hassle Records and Rise Records, depending on where you are situated in the world.
Taking time out of preparation for the upcoming album launch shows, front man Tom Weaver was more than happy to start the conversation off by talking about the excitement levels within the band, pointing out that “as we’re getting a lot closer to it, it does feel a lot more exciting. The advantage this time around is that the lead time between recording and release has been a lot shorter than the first record; we recorded it in Nov/Dec and it wasn’t released until September. This time around we only got the finished product in December and there’s also been a lot of core stuff involved, both within the band and our personal lives; we had both Christmas and New Year, then throughout January we had a bunch of stuff to do and other assets to wrap up/finish off, so it hasn’t felt like we’ve just been sitting around waiting for things to happen.”
Casey recently released Bruise, which is the third single off the album; when asked about the reaction from fans, Weaver expressed that “we’ve always been incredible fortunate, as we get very few negative pushbacks” before giving a small insight into some of the feedback they have received:
“The standard one that we usually get is when we release a song that has less screaming; people occasionally comment about that. On the whole though, people are generally very supportive as between three singles we’ve released so far, we’ve had a lot of very polite and encouraging comments! We’ve always tried to cultivate an environment of inclusivity and positivity around the band and within our fan base, going as far as having a private Facebook group for fans and a few members of the band. We like to make sure that our presence is felt whenever anyone asks questions which has created an ethos between us and our fans, so whatever direction we tend to push our music, people are very supportive of it.”
Weaver then touched a little further on another hot topic of interest of fans, mentioning how “a few people have bought up the signing to Rise Records; I think one or two comments were about whether the new record was going to be all singing, as we are now on Rise but that’s not true. We are still signed to Hassle Records as they deal with everything outside of North America, then Rise just deals with North America. The reason behind it was the fact that their influence on the territory is obviously a lot stronger than Hassle has; between conversations it was determined that Rise would have much more potential to open doors over there, which allows Hassle to focus on their stronger areas like Europe and Australia.”
Casey worked with US producer Brad Wood (Touché Amoré, Sunny Day Real Estate, Placebo) during the creation of ‘Where I Go When I Am Sleeping’ and Weaver gave a great insight into the way that the band went about deciding to work with him:
“The way we approached it was we sat down as a band and listened to a bunch of albums that we enjoyed the sound of; then we worked backwards from there to work out who the producers were and isolate people that we identified we wanted to work with. We reached out to the top three producers that we were keen on and the first thing two of them came back with were how big our budget was and what we could afford; Brad came back and said that ‘I listened to your back catalogue of your band and I’d be really excited to work with the band!’ It was a completely different wavelength from the other two producers, because as soon as we opened contact with Brad he was very invested in the way the band sounds, the idea that we develop as part of the band and the direction that we wanted to go. He uses a very inclusive process and was easy to work with; even though it was very regimented and scheduled, it didn’t feel like that he was putting any pressure on any of us to perform in a particular way!”
Most recent single Bruise has been called a gateway between the two albums. When asked if this was intentional, Weaver mentioned that “I wrote like 75% of the record in the studio, so it wasn’t really a pre-meditated decision or something” before going into greater depth:
“I didn’t go into the album thinking that there had to be a gateway song between the two, but I do tend to write things in a consistent mindset; because I write so quickly, it just naturally happens that there are themes and ideas that recur throughout different passages of lyricism. The vibe of the song and the impression that it left on me just felt right and it almost felt like a call-back to some of the ideas from the previous album. Even though it doesn’t sound the same, it just invoked a similar mentality in me; it was something that just came naturally whilst I was in the studio.”
Weaver concluded the interview by pointing out that “the only songs I had any writing for before going into the album were Make Them Wait, Wavering and Wound; all three singles we’ve released so far have all been written in the studio.”
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