Casey @ FAC251
Hardcore act bring emotion, passion and energy to Manchester
I've come to the conclusion that melodic hardcore shows are the best anyone could attend, the emotion, passion and energy come unmatched by any and all genres. Casey are a perfect testament to that fact. Upcoming in the hardcore music scene they've put quite a name out for themselves touring for over a year, supporting the likes of Capsize. With only a few singles to play, they've truly done themselves proud.
Those who weren't watching Sundara Karma at The Ritz were there to witness Casey's first ever headline show they took the FAC251 crowd under their wing as they poured out their emotions through the truly beautiful music these guys produce. Lead vocalist, Tom, screams the harsh realities of love and relationships through personal experience, connecting individually with everyone in attendance in a way that I've never seen from a live vocalist.
The night may have not seen the Factory the busiest it's ever been but that didn't matter to the band as their set took us through the emotional trauma of Tom's personal struggles and experiences with love. Despite their opening single only being released earlier this month it was recieved energetically and got their set fast into motion before the hollow, bone chilling screams of Fade shook the roots of Manchester. The whole band share an energy on stage unexplicable by words, and only by experience, an energy that reaches out to a crowd and brings everyone together in one, even with the smallest crowd I have ever been a part of.
As the slow beat to Darling was introduced everyone familiar with the song prepared for the emotion and depth this song carries as Tom restlessly paces the stage, pouring out his lamentatons in the way he knows best, as the few attendees sing every word back at him. This song sets the mood perfectly for a piece off their debut album, Love is not Enough, taking a seat on the steps just in front of the stage he recites the beautiful words of Passion Flowers in perfect rhythm in a way that I will never ever forget. The band finish with Hell, a song known by all, and a song that sums up every word spoken, sung, and screamed in their set.
Casey truly did put on a show, and I urge anyone who has not already to grab tickets to see them support Being as an Ocean alongside Capsize and Burning Down Alaska in November. Debut album, Love is not enough is now available through Hassle Records.
Words: Jay Kirk