Where I Go When I Am SleepingCasey Label: Rise Records/Hassle Records Released: 03.16.18 Review by Emillie Marvel | April 3, 2018 at 3:00 PM
“Does it help if I say that I’m sorry?”
Who needs the weather for a rainy day? Conjure up your own storm while listening to Casey’s sophomore album Where I Go When I Am Sleeping. Hardcore meets grunge on the twelve track collection, and it’s got us interested.
We enter Casey’s creation with “Making Weight”. The track rushes in and clouds everything around in a muted gray. You’re in for dark rock goodness, so grab your raincoat. From there we’re treated with stellar sounds like the speechless “&” and “Where I Go When I Am Sleeping”. These tracks prove that Casey is very good at making music. Once the songs pull you in they tell an entire narrative without a lyrics sheet. It’s a rare kind of showmanship that we’re definitely here for.
When vocalist Tom Weaver does come out to play, it’s a happy occasion (or as happy as Casey can get, that is); Take “Flowers By The Bed” as an example. Their grunge moments are near flawless. Everything is at the right tempo, the atmosphere is plentiful, and Weaver’s voice is like gold.”
The only complaint in sight is Casey’s harder material. It’s not that Weaver’s aggressive howl is bad. In fact, it’s one of the best we’ve heard in awhile. It’s just that it’s not necessary. It breaks into the world the band has so meticulously crafted and tears the planet to shreds for a few moments. While there is a certain hardcore charm to that, it would have been better to leave the music as a perfect model of what today’s grunge should be.
If you were a fan of 90’s rock, you’ll be enticed by the way Casey is making music. They take key elements of modern post-rock back to the music you jammed on a boombox. It’s an intoxicating recipe that we’re ready for more of.
When’s that third full length coming, again?
Buy it, Stream it, Skip it: Buy it. Few bands make music as well as Casey makes music.