South Wales’ melodic hardcore upstarts, CASEY, are releasing their debut full length, Love Is Not Enough, in North America on February 24th via Hassle Records. To celebrate, the UK band have teamed with Alternative Press magazine to provide an early full stream of the explosive boundary-pushing album.
Casey’s strength lies in their ability to blend bursts of unbridled hardcore aggression with hauntingly melodic passages, a dichotomy that many bands dabble in, but few can make so captivating. The sonic swells of Love Is Not Enough are strengthened by vocalist Tom Weaver’s darkly vulnerable lyrics. Each track functions as a vignette of emotional upheaval, with Alternative Press saying the songs “all have a cohesive theme of self-doubt and heartbreak, yet each are an individual art piece… guaranteed to move you and tell you a vivid story.”
Photo by Martyna Wisniewska
CASEY have also announced a lengthy run of spring tour dates, which include appearances at Download Festival and Destruction Derby Festival. The North American release of Love Is Not Enough is available for preorder now.
04.14.17 Vienna, AT @ Impericon Festival
04.15.17 Leipzig, DE @ Impericon Festival
04.16.17 Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje *
04.17.17 Manchester, UK @ Impericon Festival
04.18.17 Antwerp, BE @ Zappa *
04.19.17 Saarbrücken, DE @ Garage *
04.20.17 Bologna, IT @ Kindergarten Club *
04.21.17 Zürich, CH @ Impericon Festival
04.22.17 Oberhausen, DE @ Impericon Festival
04.23.17 Hamburg, DE @ Markthalle *
04.24.17 Hannover, DE @ Faust *
04.25.17 Poznań, PL @ U Bazyla *
04.26.17 Budapest, HU @ Durer Kert *
04.27.17 Schweinfurt, DE @ Stattbahnhof *
04.28.17 Nancy, FR @ Chez Paulette *
06.10.17 Donnington Park, UK @ Download Festival
08.18.17 Allstedt, DE @ Destruction Derby Festival
* w/ Thy Art Is Murder, Being As An Ocean, Miss May I
More about CASEY:
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.