During the hustle and bustle of Slam Dunk, we were blessed with the chance to sit down for a quick 5 minutes with Toby Evans, the guitarist of Casey. We managed to discuss their latest release Love Is Not Enough which released September 2016 via Hassle Records, as well as discovering more about their festival season at Download and Reading & Leeds.
You’ve just been on a Tour with Boston Manor leading up to today, in which just played the Rocksound Breakout Stage, how has that experience been?
T: “It’s been great, as we’ve never really done a UK tour before, we’ve done packages where it’s been Europe and the UK. But this was our first supporting UK tour that we’ve done. Boston Manor are really cool guys, we get along with them. The show’s have been really sick, three of the nights sold out and it was nice to play our hometown in Cardiff”.
You Released Love Is Not Enough in September last year, after signing to Hassle Records, what influences and creative processes went into that record?
T: “We released our original three singles [Fade, Teeth & Hell], and we then thought it would be of benefit, for us to go and record. But we wanted to do it all ourselves. So for influences it was more of a “Post Rock” sort of influence, bands like This Will Destroy You and Caspian and integrate those types of Post Rock elements into it. It was somewhat sporadic really, we recorded it ourselves, like the drums and pre-production. Then we sent it to Matt McKenny in Atlanta to get it mixed. It was such a huge moment for us”.
Slam Dunk, for you of course, is just the start of the whole Summer Festival Season.You are playing Download Festival, Reading & Leeds – for such a small band, especially after touring with Thy Art Is Murder, Miss May I and Being As An Ocean, how must it all make you feel achieving all these milestones in such a short time into your infancy?
T: “It’s weird as we’ve always gone to festivals like this, and instead to actually be going there to play them is just so, so weird. To finally be able to play Reading, it’s a dream, it’s honestly a dream. For all of us, not just myself, it’s just a big goal for us as a band. We are really, really humbled and thankful for the opportunities”.
You have a deep affiliation with Being As An Ocean, what is that relationship like with one of the biggest pioneers of the Melodic Hardcore genre?
T: “Well Michael McCough was in The Elijah before he joined Being As An Ocean, he contacted us before we were actually called Casey, and said he wanted to work with us. Not to manage us, but to assist us, so we got him to join in on the album and he is on the song Ceremony, and then we got offered the tour with them in November [Being As An Ocean / Capsize / Burning Down Alaska UK Tour]. And that was our first proper time meeting them all, and we’ve all become the closest of friends. Then we of course did the tour with Thy Art [Heaven & Hell / Impericon EU Tour], and that was so sick. They are such nice guys, they are really cool and from a musicians point of view they just nail it”.
And sadly we come to the last question, and that is if you have any plans for the future, or are most things kept under wraps?
T: “Most things are kinda wrapped over, we have the rest of the year booked up and we have a few German festivals as well like Destruction Derby. We are just ganna see how it goes from there really and we are mostly just focusing on the summer at the moment”.
Again, we thank Toby for sitting down with us, especially with it being so noisy and busy at Slam Dunk, even within the press area. We wish Casey the best for the summer and hope to see them sometime again soon and look forward to any future releases they put out.