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Interview With Casey: “For me the voice is just an instrument, and it’s the lyrics that are really important”

Casey’s upcoming album WHERE I GO WHEN I AM SLEEPING is due out March 16th.

LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH was admittedly one of our most listened to albums of 2016, so we were pretty excited to chat to Casey’s frontman Tom Weaver regarding the band’s second release. Have a read of what he had to say…


Your debut record LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH is over a year and a half old and I guess it’s fair to say that it was a success. Did you feel a bit under pressure to make this second album? 

No I wouldn’t say that we really felt under pressure at all. Making a second record so soon after the first was our own decision, and we intentionally kept the process private from our fans because we wanted to make sure that the only expectations we were satisfying were our own. I know a lot of artists say that the sophomore album is always the hardest, especially when the debut has been received well, but honestly we were all fairly relaxed through the whole thing.


Can you tell us something about the writing and recording process of WHERE I GO WHEN I AM SLEEPING? Like how was it different from the previous album? 

We settled on tracking a new album in the summer, but it was only in August when we really started concentrating on the writing. So in that sense we had a lot less time to construct the songs, and we were also far more segregated in the writing process this time around which was a little bit strange for us because we’re so used to writing as a collective.

The recording process was far, far easier with this record though. Brad Wood is an incredible producer to work with, he made the whole record a real joy to create, and we never really felt stressed through the recording.


And what has changed for you personally since the first record came out? (also regarding your mental state of mind?)

Not a great deal has changed in my personal circumstances to be honest. Almost everything I write about is in retrospect; I have real difficulty in vocalising things as they’re occurring, and I find it far more productive to creatively assess experiences that I’ve already been through and processed. As a band we’re all a bit more world-weary now, we’ve done a lot more touring with bands from outside of our demographic, which I think has help tremendously with our self-image and our comfort in being ourselves at all times.


One difference I noticed when listening to the record for the first time: You sing a lot more instead of “only” screaming – how did that come? And how did it feel for you? 

The way that the music developed for the new record was certainly a factor in shaping the way my vocal was arranged and presented. I know a lot of vocalists would use a scream as a way to imply intensity or passion, but I honestly feel comfortable portraying passion whether I’m screaming or singing. For me the voice is just an instrument, and it’s the lyrics that are really important. I presented my vocal on this record in a way that best suited the music that it was collaborating with.

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I am a huge fan of your twitter account and read the following tweet there: “Our labels have no influence on the music we make. We’ll start writing pop bangers if we fucking feel like it” – what made you write this tweet? 

We knew that when we announced that we’d joined Rise that we were opening ourselves up to a lot of criticism, both from existing fans of the band and from people who follow other Rise bands who’d be hearing us for the first time. We did see a number of passing comments about us changing our sound to cater for the larger label, or saying that anything we produce in the future would be generic metalcore because of the 2007 Rise Records stereotype that still seems to circle the internet. We’ve always been a band who’s only interest is satisfying our own creative inclinations, and I’d be confident in saying that that will always be our primary interest. We’ve never taken advice on our artistic direction from anyone, especially not our labels, and I doubt we ever will. Hassle have supported our creative autonomy from the moment we first met with them, and it was something we really pushed with Rise when discussing terms with them.

If the day comes when we decide we wanna become a pop band, that will be no ones choice but our own.


We also asked our twitter followers if they have any questions to you so the following are from them…


I am sure you heard a lot of stories from people that were helped by the music you’ve written – Can you remember one story in particular that touched you?

A couple once had a song by Casey played as their first dance at their wedding, that one always resonates with me because I never really thought of it applied in that way. I’ve also had some fairly lengthy discussions with people about brittle bones and ulcerative colitis, which is something that means a lot to me because they’re illnesses that largely go unnoticed.


Which bands do you as a band heavily listen to at the moment? 

There honestly aren’t very many artists that we all listen to as a collective; Pianos Become The Teeth is definitely one of them though, their new record is one that all of us have been enjoying a lot. I can’t speak for Toby but I know the other four of us really liked those two new Drake songs. A few of the other guys have been giving that new Don Broco record some time but it’s not really my thing.


Which bands influenced you in writing this record? 

The list is probably longer than I have room for in this article, we all listen to such a broad variety of artists that deciding where our influences have come from is difficult. The Paper Kites, POS, This Will Destroy You, Touche Amore, Foreign Tongues,  Balance and Composure, Microwave, Basement, Pianos Become The Teeth, Lydia, Dessa, etc, etc.


 What do you do when people make fun of your depression? 

I don’t think anyone has ever made fun of my depression if I’m entirely honest, and if they have then they haven’t been in my life long enough for me to remember them. It took me a long time to learn it, but I’m very much of the opinion now that a friendship is about the mutual desire to see the best in the other person. If I invest my time into a friendship it’s because I want to see that person develop and grow, and I believe that they want the same for me. Anything less than that doesn’t command my attention for very long.


If you had to pick one song that means the most to you/you like best of the whole album – Which song would it be and why? Can you tell us what it’s about?

I think the closing song ‘Wound’ would be the song that I would highlight on the album because it’s definitely the most personal lyrically that I think I’ve ever been. It’s an admission of fault for selfish behaviors that I’ve used as a coping mechanism for my mental and physical illnesses and provides an insight into an experience that really opened my eyes to the extent of my ill health. I’ll leave it at that so as not to spoil it haha.


‘Fluroescents’ is one of the new tracks from WHERE I GO WHEN I AM SLEEPING