South Wales’ melodic hardcore upstarts, CASEY, have announced the North American release of their boundary-pushing debut full length, Love Is Not Enough, due out February 24th from Hassle Records. To mark the announcement, the UK band has teamed with CLRVYNT to share their intense music video for “Darling,” one of the album’s stand out tracks.
Photo: CASEY by Martyna Wisniewska
The video for “Darling” is a perfect compliment to the acute contrasts that make Love Is Not Enough such an enthralling debut. CLRVYNT magazine, who premiered the video, praised it, calling it “a throwback to some of the excellent post-rock of the mid-2000s, fitting the band’s sound while also imbuing it with a heavy sense of emotion.”
Casey excel at blending bursts of unbridled hardcore aggression with hauntingly melodic passages, a dichotomy that many bands dabble in but few manage to make this compelling. Bolstered by powerful lyrics that further the band’s mastery of conflict and document the shortcomings of an emotion even as joyful as love, the songs on Love Is Not Enough are often brutally honest, but never less that captivating.
Sleep seems to evade me,
I just spend the whole night pacing in the hallway where I used to hear your footsteps on the floor.
I’ve been so low, and maybe I’ve been thinking about us lately, but I guess that doesn’t matter anymore.
I just called to say
“I’m sorry, Darling, but I’ve been wasting my time rotting the teeth out of my head,
Trying hard to swallow the sweetest sentiments I can’t express.
And I know that you told me to leave you alone, but yours is still the only love I’ve ever known.”
Love Is Not Enough is out February 24th via Hassle Records, preorders are available HERE.
04.14.17 Austria Vienna @ Impericon Festival
04.15.17 Germany Leipzig @ Impericon Festival
04.16.17 Netherlands Nijmegen @ Doornroosje *
04.17.17 UK Manchester @ Impericon Festival
04.19.17 Germany Saarbrücken @ Garage *
04.20.17 Italy Bologna @ Kindergarten Club *
04.21.17 Switzerland Zürich @ Impericon Festival
04.22.17 Germany Oberhausen @ Impericon Festival
04.23.17 Germany Hamburg @ Markthalle *
04.24.17 Germany Hannover @ Faust *
04.25.17 Poland Poznań @ U Bazyla *
04.26.17 Hungary Budapest @ Durer Kert *
04.27.17 Germany Schweinfurt @ Stattbahnhof *
* w/ Thy Art Is Murder, Being As An Ocean, Miss May I
Casey exists in the contrasts. The South Wales band’s debut full length, Love Is Not Enough, is an amalgamation of often-opposing sonic and lyrical concepts that’s held together by one stark constant: passion. In the world of Casey, there’s plenty of room for conflict, but if you’re going to feel something, feel it hard.
Love Is Not Enough is an impressively dynamic debut, one that finds Casey leaning into dichotomy. Pummeling bursts of distortion seamlessly flow between hauntingly intricate passages, as the band deftly utilizes the intense aggression of hardcore and melodicism of emotional alternative to make a record that is demanding and nuanced, but instantly impactful.
Casey’s knack for conflict isn’t limited to the instrumentation. Love Is Not Enough focuses on the idea that even the strongest form of affection is rarely the sole solution to life’s painful scenarios. Based on real life experiences, the tracks are vignettes portraying the ache of love’s shortcomings; parents grappling with a child’s mental health; a failing romantic relationship; the inability to repay a debt of gratitude after a prevented suicide attempt. Vocalist/lyricist, Tom Weaver, is heartbreakingly open on the page and his harrowing performance holds together the disparate musical styles of Love Is Not Enough.
Rarely does a band so meticulously combine concept and craft, but on Love Is Not Enough, this attention to detail and unbridled passion has allowed Casey to make an album that is as compelling as it is cathartic.