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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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‘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.

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!

GIG REVIEW – SPEAK, BROTHER – BIRMINGHAM 15/04/18

Embarking on the final date of their album launch tour, indie folk band Speak, Brother have made the last stop near their local area of Birmingham.

Hunger Moon (6.5) opened the show with intense vocal and atmospheric sound. The thing is about Hunger Moon is that in terms of vocal and musical performance, they are almost there, but for stage presence, more needs to be done. Granted, these isn’t a large range of movement that can be done during a heartfelt slow indie ballad, but perhaps the ‘first support jitters’ caused a sense of nervousness among the duo.

Often shows may have little minor issues such as supports quickly pulling out and being covered for a show, often without an announcement, these are largely unnoticed. Fill-in singer/songwriter Joe Dolman(8) smoothly took this place tonight on short notice, still bringing out a high quality performance despite the lack of preparation. Constructing an entertaining balanced set of quick and slower tracks (with the odd bit of on-stage comedy), his set was honestly quite enjoyable and definitely a good fit for the shows lineup.

Relatively well known around Birmingham, Speak, Brother (9) had a large turnout for their close to home show. Having formerly played the Hare And Hounds In November 2017, this atmosphere is nothing new to the indie-folk quintet. It’s almost magnificent how Speak, Brother can transform a small venue sound into something amplified to a greater extent. Both the bursting, powerful choruses of ‘Magnificent’ to the overall drawn out slower collective feel of ‘Slow To Now’, while only opening the show, saw a lovely start to the set.

Being an album release show, it’s inevitable there will be some newer tracks performed, with impactful tracks such as ‘Empire’ and ‘When We Were Young’ receiving elaborate, detailed backstories behind them. Evolving from last performance, vocalist James Herring has improved between song conversations compared to the slightly awkward tuning waits in the prior tour. While this did perhaps ramble a little through the set, it encapsulates just how personal and intricate each track can be, with ‘Empire’ appearing most personal through each member’s performance as well. Bands that can recreate a distinct, almost intricate sound live is hard to come by. Being joined by guest vocalist Kirstie Smith for ‘Father’, the same vulnerable, atmospheric flow of the original recording created beautifully sincere ballad and making a standout performance mid-way in the set.

Of course, anyone who has seen Speak, Brother will know they enjoy involving their audience, getting them to sing along and dance to varying tracks, even altering the setlist for a request of ‘Lions Roar’. There’s no doubt the band can build up tracks in their recorded music, but the inclusion of willing audience members during ‘He’ll Fight’ creates a more ethereal atmosphere, a quality the group base their music on. Even adding a dance competition to their jokey, fun cover of Rusted Root’s ‘Send Me On My Way’ fought its way through to close the show in a different enjoyable fashion.

Speak, Brother are evolving as a band constantly, a difference clearly noticeable between live shows as well as recorded music. A refreshing change for a Sunday night is what can be said about this show, a very lovely refreshing change.

TRACK BY TRACK – FIGHT FOR FRIDAY – SOMEONE YOU COULD TRUST

Fight For Friday. As their first band, the project began life as an extra-curricular school activity at the tender age of 14, picking a name which “sounded pretty cool. Not so much anymore.” Now seeing the eldest member turn 20, they say:  “We’ve achieved more than we’d initially hoped – playing at huge venues such as Manchester Academy, Fac251; releasing our first EP in 2016 and having toured the UK twice. We are nothing more than a high school band that didn’t stop, carrying on to get to the stage that we are now. It wasn’t the quickest journey but its definitely been the most fun.” With the release of their newest EP on May 11th, FFF give us a little insight into each track on the record…

1 – Life Hits You Hard:

Life Hits You Hard is our take on the fast EP opener as we really wanted to push that high energy sound that we label ourselves with constantly. It was actually the final song that we wrote for this record, with its origins coming from the fact that we desperately wanted to open the EP with a bang. The song came to life from one chord progression in the intro and we really just pushed it out from there. Our plan from the start was to make this song as fast and direct as possible, no messing about with any interludes or build-ups, as we didn’t want to give people a chance to calm down. It’s the epitome of what we are all about.

Recording this song was simple and straightforward, probably because it’s a simple song! We went into the studio knowing exactly what we wanted this track to sound like so there really wasn’t much work that needed putting into getting it record ready.

I wanted there to be a song on this EP that described our journey as a band since we formed as 15/16 year olds around four years ago, so I thought what better song to use to portray our past, present and future than the song that perfectly defines our energetic attitudes. Starting out as school kids it has always felt that bands around us have looked down upon us in the past and not taken us seriously, which is why for the past four years “We’ve got nowhere fast.” We’re still confident on our ability, we’ve been learning and improving together since we formed and now we are at the point where we are happy with our sound, attitudes and where we are hopefully heading, that’s the message of Life Hits You Hard.

We’re unbelievably happy with the outcome of this song, there wasn’t really much that could go wrong with it so it really has had a perfect outcome to us! For any gig goers out there, we’ve been opening all our shows with this song, so brace yourselves!

2- Take it Or Leave it:

This is the oldest song on the record, originally written in mid-2016. This probably affects the fact that Take it Or Leave it is our most raw, thrashy song. Having said that it feels like the writing of this song was a turning point for us as a band, as it marks the transition between our more childish punk vibes into trying to create something more meaningful and intricate. We altered and edited bits of this song a lot over the years, meaning it contains elements of us at our rawest, but also moments of detail that we never had when we first wrote the song. Most of it is loud, angsty and edgy but as the song draws to a close the vibe completely flips as everything stops into a mellow, questioning buildup until the song kicks back in, but instead of the angst and edge, we went for emotional, powerful vibes that completely contradict the first 5 or so minutes of the record.

We really went to town with recording the end of this song. We’d been excited to go crazy and add as many tracks and sound onto the final section for a long time, so it felt good for the ideas we had to come to life. We layered up track after track of different vocal lines and harmonies and got a few bits of gang vocals in there too. We’re really happy with how this turned out, it could have been very sloppy and messy, but luckily with the help of producer Dave Page (White Bear Studios) it came out exactly, if not better than we imagined.

Take it Or Leave it is the breakup song that every pop punk record apparently needs. The lyrics tackle the topic of insensitivity, selfishness and how people can change for the worse without explanation. Hopefully this breakup song doesn’t come across as cheesy and whiney, but rather a more mature, introspective analysis on personalities.

Having so much hope for this song and so much time to plan it out, we were worried that the outcome wouldn’t reach our high expectations. We were blown away by how the finished track sounded, it met every hope we had and more.

We’ve been playing it live for around 2 years now so we know it unbelievably well! Sometimes we feel that this song isn’t our best because we’ve had it for such a long time, but people’s reactions to us performing it remind us that it’s not too bad.

3 – I Feel Bad, But You Should Feel Worse:

The feel good song. This one’s upbeat, catchy and incredibly happy yet somehow its ended up as our heaviest song. We wrote this with the intentions of creating something for people to sing along and have a good time to, which it ended up being for a while. It’s even got a cheesy key change! When we took it into the studio to be recorded, our producer Dave said he didn’t like the key change. We took his advice and somehow ended up changing the tuning from Drop D to Drop C and writing a 30 second breakdown to precede the key change. It’s a really different song to what it was before the studio and it captures all vibes, from singalong to throwing down. Mega EZcore vibes.

The lyrics for this song don’t really mean a huge amount, we just wanted to get people psyched and have a melody to sing to. The chorus really captures that inspiring catchy vibe in our opinion. Memorise those hooks for us.

IFBBYSFW has changed almost completely during its time in the studio and that’s 100% for the better. We’re so glad that this song turned out the way it did, it’s gone from being our least promising tune to our most exciting and out there banger.

4 – Target Practice:

To us, Target Practice is the best and most meaningful song that we’ve ever written. It’s a song that captures our more serious, hard personalities and it’s a song that we can all relate to lyrically and musically. You can expect to find a mellow edge to this song, switching between calm and questioning energy, straight into full on anger driven hooks.

We wrote this song after pondering on different variations of the intro riff for quite a while. When we finally made it to elaborating on the riff we didn’t want to overcomplicate the song into something technical yet unenjoyable. We wanted to find that perfect mix between technicality and simplicity that creates and interesting yet catchy tune. The ending of the song is our first attempt at a real instrumental section, which hopefully shows our more creative edge.

Similar to Life Hits You Hard, the recording of this song was really straightforward, mainly due to the fact that we knew exactly what we wanted to come out of this song and its not really too complicated at all.

The lyrical content of this track talks about how other people can try their best to bring you down when they see you doing well for yourself. Certain people will try anything to ruin your happiness when they don’t have it themselves and you’ve just got to brush it off and show people that you’re better than that and rise above them.

We’re really pleased with how this song has come out. The recording has captured every bit of emotion that we put into the writing of the track and its come out better than anything that we could’ve hoped for. Hopefully people can relate to this song as much as we do and it can be one of those songs that might inspire somebody to do great things with themselves and others around them.

Live, its quite a difficult song to perform! We love to put it last in the set because there’s no better song to finish a show with but that can take its toll as we probably need the most energy to do this song justice. We love playing it though and we can tell that we’ve got a good one in this tune because people seem to be immersed throughout the 3 or so minutes that it lasts.

5 – Headache:

There was no song better to end the EP than Headache. Its our anthemic, emotional song and it’s a massive contrast to the vibe at the start of the EP. Our nickname for it is ‘Sad Song’, because that’s what it is, a sad song. Having said that it still contains all the catchiness and high energy attitude that we contain.

We wrote this song just after the news of Chester Bennington’s death, so when I sat down to write the lyrics for the track, that was the main thing on my mind. It got me thinking introspectively and how other people’s actions can affect somebody massively, especially when there’s nobody around to listen to you and give you that helping hand that is needed.

Recording this song, we tried a couple of things that are unique to this song. We double tracked each guitar with an acoustic guitar part to add thickness and depth to the sound, which we think worked really well. The bridge section of this song came together whilst we were in the studio. The section felt quite empty and boring to us so we wanted to add another dimension to the song. Luckily in the studio was a piano so we made full use of that. The melody that we played throughout the bridge is a variation of one of the beginning riffs that also closes the song, acting as a little theme for the song.

Once again, we’re so happy with how this track turned out. It sounds so huge, which we were aiming for because if the track was slightly sloppy or weak it just wouldn’t have worked. Again, we have only David Page to thank for the amazing job that he’s done on every track of this record to help them reach their full potential.

DREAM STATE ANNOUNCE NEW EP ‘RECOVERY’ AND DROP NEW SONG

Dream State have hit the ground running after the release of recent single ‘In This Hell’ and show no sign of slowing, having now dropped one more track: ‘New Waves’.

Pinned for release on May 18th, Dream State have announced their second EP ‘Recovery’ featuring two new tracks among the three already released singles ‘White Lies’, ‘In This Hell’ and ‘New Waves’.

Make sure to check out the artwork and tracklisting below, as well as the other two singles and our interview with Dream State!

Artwork:

Tracklisting:

1.White Lies

2.In This Hell

3.Help Myself

4.Solace

5.New Waves

White Lies: https://youtu.be/GwkUq3cXe8o

In This Hell: https://youtu.be/yE63XBK-bhI

Interview: https://youtu.be/hpqZix-fBHc