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INTERVIEW – TOM WEAVER – CASEY

We caught up with Tom Weaver (Vocals) from Casey to chat about the bands new album, touring and favourite coffee shops? Make sure to check it out below!

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YOU KNOW THE DRILL – SNAKE EYES – REVIEW

You Know The Drill have been dwelling in and around the local Birmingham scene since the release of their debut single ‘No Ambition’, occasionally venturing outside this border. However, with new single ‘Snake Eyes’ already gaining recognition and a playthrough from Radio 1 and a new EP ‘Selfhood’ to follow, could this be the start of something bigger for the 4-piece?

Following their previous release ‘Losing Streak’, ‘Snake Eyes’ is already a massive improvement upwards in terms of recording/mixing quality. Even from the start everything is clear, from quickfire guitar track to the underlying basslines. Of course, at first, like with many songs in this genre, this track could appear to be just your average pop-rock playlist track, but in itself it is a lot more than just that if you give it the chance. This band are familiar with the average sound of the genre and fit into this well, yet at the same time bring their own aspect to the table. Vocals from lead vocalist Benji Yapp help add a distinct tone to the track, while even the extra harmony/fill-in vocals by Luke Astley add a nice light touch to the track. Even guest vocalist Joey Fleming (In Her Own Words) adds a subtler raw vocal touch to the final part of the track and while not entirely necessary, an enjoyable touch either way.

Keep an eye on their new music, as You Know The Drill are moving forwards, and if their new EP ‘Selfhood’ is anything to be based off this song, this could be their ticket to launch them out further into the rock scene.

Rating 8/10

‘WHY AM I LIKE THIS?’ THE WORD ALIVE DROP NEW SONG

The Word Alive have just dropped a new emotive track ‘Why Am I Like This?’ with a dark visual music video alongside.

The track comes from the bands forthcoming record ‘Violent Noise’ released May 4th, also featuring previous single ‘Red Clouds’

GIG REVIEW – CASEY – BIRMINGHAM 18/04/18

Casey’s tour has reached the penultimate date, selling out Birmingham’s The Asylum 2 days prior to the show.

Ontario based band RARITY (7.5) did well to warm up the filling venue. From the start, it’s clear that the five piece have a fanbase, with a clear connection between the band and audience being formed almost instantaneously. One of the strengths of their set was communication, using their performance to spread a positive message of mental health as well as producing an energetic performance, playing on top of the barriers and even encouraging moshpits among the crowd. While their set may not have been the most memorable of all, they performed a well-practiced, energetic set to start off the evening.

Coming all the way from Australia, ENDLESS HEIGHTS (7.5) brought a different approach to the musical coagulation of the night. Bringing a more melodic hardcore, emo crossover, their set was far less rampant/angsty, but instead flowed smoothly through the set. While the slight change in style may have thrown audiences ever so slightly, this didn’t hinder the energy on stage in any form. If anything, the lower use of between song talks helped the band keep their carefree, enjoyable style on stage and amongst each other. Endless Heights took advantage of their stage time and definitely did it well.

Embarking on the penultimate date of their EU/UK tour for ‘Where I Go When I Am Sleeping’, CASEY (9) showed just why they can sell out shows. Despite being an album promotion tour, the setlist was well balanced across tracks from their latest album, ‘Love Is Not Enough’ and ‘Fade’ creating a perfectly mixed balance for fans new and old.

Creating an atmospherically ambient sound in a recording is hard enough, but replicating such a style live is another factor. Yet, from the slow ambiance of opener ‘Making Weight’ to the atmospheric instrumental bridge track of ‘Where I Go When I Am Sleeping’, the same feel was captured almost flawlessly throughout the venue. Yet, be it the lighter side of tracks such as ‘Bruise’ or heavier releases such as ‘Fade’, energy amongst the audience and band refused to dip. Despite reaching the end of a twenty-date tour, the energy was the strength of an opening show, with no sign of slowing down at any point of the set.

However, there wasn’t the best communication in-between songs. While there was the odd talk at times, it was mainly down to the music to create a connection between the two sides of the audience and musicians. On the other hand, this amplifies the power Casey truly have at spreading an emotion, a message, even a story across to the audience without even using words or lyrics in their tracks.

Development is also a factor noticeable in Casey’s performance. incorporating ‘Hell’ and ‘Teeth’ from debut ‘Fade’ it’s not only clear that they’ve improved in performance over time, but musically and in a way that they can still appreciate their old music just as much as the new. Even playing different material such as ‘Phosphenes’ and ‘Fluorescents’ from their latest album, each song has the same level of energy, determination and effort put in and is just as appreciated by fans, an aspect that can sometimes cause a noticeable change. In the end, finishing on old favourite ‘Little Bird’, the band put a great closing end to the second to last date of tour, clearly more than satisfying audience members at the same time.

Casey are building up fast. Selling out eight of twenty shows in places they’ve never even headlined before is quite an achievement for a building band. Make sure to catch these guys touring across the year; this is not the last you will hear of them.

COVE – THROUGH THE LYRICS

Ever wanted to know the process behind Cove and their lyrics? Check out our new feature below!

How do you write them? What is your process either as a band or individually? Have you ever suffered from writer’s block and if so, how did you overcome it?

Normally a rough demo is sent to me and I’ll listen to it on repeat to get the overall vibe of what the song feels like to me. Eventually I’ll start to write lyrics to the demo. Typically I’ll give the guys a theme that I’m writing towards and they’ll write parts of their own and send ideas back and forth. If there’s any lines that fit then they can make their way into the finished product. This way there’s a piece of all of us in each song and it sounds more dimensional to me. Writers block is terrible! I find it mainly happens when trying to write to many songs at once and you’ve not enough to say. Just having a break and changing up the genre I’m listening to tends to help!

What is the lyric you’re proudest of and why?

To pick one lyric is like picking a favourite child! Each song and lyric has its own meaning and headspace. Sometimes the joy is in getting across bluntly what you want and that has amazing impact with the music. Sometimes it’s being discreet and a metaphor encompasses something so perfectly that you couldn’t possibly just get across by talking to someone.

Personally I find performing and lyric writing is an outlet. A way of coping and carrying on without imploding. Therefore I write mostly about times that have been hard or situations regarding losing people close to me and the impact its had. Along with personal battles and problems, even telling myself off sometimes! It’s a great way to stay level headed!

Has anyone ever misheard, perhaps to comedic effect, or misunderstood the intention of your lyrics?

Not as far as I know! Most people don’t always get what I take from them but that doesn’t bother me to much. I’m a strong believer in people taking their own thing from a song or lyrics. It’s about connecting with someone for me. Not telling someone how they should think or feel.

Which of your own lyrics best sums up your band?

.“We twist coincide and collide into nothing”

 If you had to have any lyric tattooed on you, if you don’t already, what would you pick?

“Sleep now under my skin”

What lyric do you wish you’d written and why?

“I am the moon that never shines,

I am the sun that never burns,

Like a match that will never spark.

I am the blackout of the town,

I am a candle that’s blown out,

Like a light with it’s broken switch, your switch.

I am a falling plane in the sky,

I am a shooting star that dies,

Like a plane crash we all pass.

I am train without its tracks,

Or a road without its cars,

Like a vessel without the waves.

Oh electricity, doesn’t flow in me,

And I don’t think that I will wake up.”

(Flood Of Red – Electricity/I Will Not Change) – They just speak to me!

Who are your favourite lyricists or even writers for content such as film, TV or even poetry? What are some of the lines that best connect with you? Do you take influence from that?

Adam Lazzara, Matt Corby, Chris Martin, Flood Of Red, Snow patrol, Norma Jean to name a really select few! I have a diverse taste in music as well as life! What I’m into can literally be dictated by mood. I don’t stick to one genre or artist as I feel the world has so much more to offer.

What are the worst lyrics you’ve ever heard?

“Gucci Gang”

Finally, please sign of with some lyrical words of wisdom…

Never be embarrassed of writing something rubbish. Only you sees the first draft. Just get something down and if it’s terrible it’s not the end of the world. Keep going till your happy. No one will judge you because no one will know!

BREAKDOWN OF SLAM DUNK’S ROCKSOUND BREAKOUT STAGE

Every year, Slam Dunk creates a stage lineup full of new bands, this year being sponsored by Rocksound. Want to learn a little more about the breakout bands taking this year’s stage? Read below!

CHAPEL

Coming over from the US are Chapel, a unlikely synth-pop/rock duo formed of ex metal band members guitarist/vocalist Carter Hardin (Nightmares) and drummer Kortney Grinwis (Favourite Weapon). With a debut EP already released, Chapel’s catchy synth infused tunes captured the attention of British audiences after their slot supporting Waterparks during September 2017. Make sure check out our upcoming post HERE and catch them at Slam Dunk this year!

DREAM STATE

Dream State are a 5-piece post-hardcore band hailing from South Wales, UK, and one of our predicted upcoming bands of 2018. With rising popularity from their 2017 single ‘White Lies’, the band have gone on to release a new single, ‘In This Hell’, and travel on a headline tour across the UK. Like female fronted post-hardcore? Dream State are ones to watch. Check out our interview HERE and our upcoming write up HERE!

GRAYSCALE

Philadelphia pop-punk 5-piece Grayscale are no strangers to music, receiving instant attention from their latest album ‘Adornment’ and appearing on ‘Punk Goes Pop Vol 7’ with their interesting cover of Justin Biebers ‘Love Yourself’. Touring alongside the likes of Slam Dunk returning pop-punk act As It Is, Grayscale are most likely going to create quite a buzz around the UK. Make sure to check them out!

HOLDING ABSENCE

Holding Absence are not your average post-hardcore band. Most probably know Holding Absence through their split EP with UK heavy metal act Loathe earlier this year. Being around for little over 6 months, Holding Absence are quickly gaining popularity and will only get bigger as the year progresses. Want to see them on a small intimate stage? Check them out this May!

MILESTONES

Forming in late 2014, Milestones are the reminiscent 2006 era pop-punk band slowly saturating the UK rock scene. With their debut EP ‘Equal Measures’ boosting them onto tours across America with the likes of Mayday Parade and touring their home country of the UK consistently, they not have an album ‘Red Lights’ and are prepared to show just what they’re here to do. Make sure to read our interview HERE and check out our upcoming post on Milestones HERE!

PALAYE ROYALE

Rising in popularity over the last 6 months, art-rock risers Palaye Royale are making their Breakout Stage headline exclusive this May. Making waves with their album ‘Boom Boom Room Side A’, Palaye Royal already have a plethora of fans across the UK ready to push them even further into the scene over the next few months.

SLEEP ON IT

Pop-punk is a genre sweeping the majority of the breakout stage for a good reason. There are some good pop-punk bands bringing back the genre to its old potential. ‘Overexposed’ album release has increased the Illinois bands discography, and with three other EP’s to hand, Sleep On It are a band that may just creep up unexpectedly into your playlists soon.

STAND ATLANTIC

Coming all the way from Australia are female fronted rock band Stand Atlantic. After their popularity increased with the release of ‘Sidewinder’, the band have had the chance to tour across the UK and Europe before making their Slam Dunk debut this May. Make sure to check out our interview HERE and our upcoming postHERE!

THE FAIM

The Faim are possibly the newest band to be on the lineup this year. Releasing their DEBUT ‘Saints Of The Sinners’ (co-written with Pete Wentz) in February and not even making their live debut till April with Lower Than Atlantis,such a quick breakout is one you should keep your eye on.Make sure to check them out on the Breakout Stage in May!