“We clashed with some really great bands,” Tom Weaver groans. “Decade, Sorority Noise, and Trophy Eyes were all on at the same time as us. We thought we’d be lucky to get twenty people.” As it turns out, they needn’t have worried. For the Slam Dunk crowd packed in front of the Break Through stage for the half hour they were performing, Casey were they only band that seemed to matter. “It was pretty much full from start to finish,” the frontman marvels. “It was really great.”
Following the release of their debut album ‘Love Is Not Enough’ last year, Casey are a band on the rise. “It’s been really good. We’ve been fortunate,” Tom expresses. “It’s been staggered worldwide. Last September it came out in the UK and Europe. A few weeks ago it came out in North America. Maybe two weeks ago it came out in Australia and Asia. It’s felt we’ve constantly been getting bits of new response to it.”
“Every couple of months we’ll have a new group of people saying ‘I’ve just heard the album and it’s really good,’” he continues. “To us it’s old, but to them, it’s still brand new. It’s been positive so far. We’ve been lucky.” Nominated as Best Breakthrough Band in this year’s Heavy Music Awards, Casey only seem set to soar higher.
“That was bizarre!” Tom exclaims of the nomination. “Until the morning of the announcement, we had no idea that we were even being considered. We just had an email through saying ‘Hey, you’ve been nominated for this award. If you can post this out this afternoon…’ and we were just like, ‘Oh my god, this is insane.’”
“A lot of the other bands in it we’re all huge fans of,” the frontman adds excitedly. “Personally, I love Black Foxxes. They’re incredible. To be even considered alongside them is outrageous,” he laughs. “It’s the first award we’ve ever been nominated for. It’s insane.” The nomination itself might have come as a surprise, but Casey have been geared towards success from the day they started.
“When we launched Casey we’d already recorded our first set of music,” Tom recalls. “We’d already recorded a music video. We had the first two months of internet posts planned before we’d even announced the band,” he states. Placing their music front and centre of everything they do, this is advice the group are quick to extend to any band as they start out.
“Be prepared in terms of how you want to release your material,” Tom considers. “I see a lot of bands that will have t-shirt designs before they’ve got music. They’re so anxious to announce themselves as a band. They don’t actually have an idea in mind of when what’s going to happen. It kills the expectancy a little bit.”
“Be comfortable in what you’re doing,” he adds. “We’ve just come back from playing with Being As An Ocean and Thy Art Is Murder and Miss May I in Europe. That was the first time we’d ever really had to consider how we were going to be perceived and the kind of fans we were going to be playing to. We were sat down saying ‘Do you think we should play all of our heavy songs to try and win them over?’” he questions.
“We ended up just thinking, ‘Let’s just do whatever we want: if they like it, they like it, and if they don’t, they don’t,’” the frontman resolves. “In the end that worked out for us. We had so many people coming up to us afterwards saying, ‘I wasn’t here to listen to your kind of music, but I’m glad I did, I’m a fan of your band.’ It was great.”
With an award nomination in the bag and festival appearances from Download to Leeds and Reading Festivals set for the summer, Casey are making the most of every moment. “This is the first band I’ve ever been in where we’re planning months and months in advance,” Tom expresses. “We have another set of touring to do at the end of the year, and we’ve got another set of touring to do the start of next year,” he states. “It’s great, obviously, to know that we have stuff to announce. We can be excited about things that are coming up. It’s pretty cool.”