Casey
How to Disappear


3.5
great

Review

by Jake E. USER (8 Reviews)
January 13th, 2024 | 214 replies


Release Date: 01/12/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This time love is enough.

Change is inevitable in life. One constant that remains however, is our ability to love. When we are young we want to believe that our lives have a grand design, that our existence on this spherical rock floating endlessly in outer space has meaning. Finding purpose is difficult, but through the power of love and understanding we can find out what it means to be alive. For UK based melodic hardcore band Casey, music is their labor of love.

Spearheaded by vocalist and lyricist Tom Weaver, Casey is a remarkable band that does not shy away from dissecting our deepest insecurities as human beings. Weaver is an absolutely incredible lyricist and he has always proven to write some of the most emotionally profound words ever penned in regards to tragedy. There is a sense of honesty and passion in his candor that doesn't come off as contrived and phony like with many "emo" bands. Bursting onto the scene in 2015 with their debut EP Fade, the band would bare their teeth and establish themselves as a fierce melodic hardcore band serving as a voice of the broken hearted. Bittersweet in hindsight, Fade would not mark the end of Tom's post-relationship blues as the band would make a definitive statement with their emotionally devastating debut LP Love Is Not Enough. A vessel for Weaver to express his sheer emotional agony caused to him by an estranged lover, LINE will tear your heart into a million pieces and never piece it back together. "All the things I thought that I'd miss, your perfume and your sun kissed skin. Turns out they meant nothing all along."

A magnum opus if ever there was one, LINE set the bar sky high for Casey and following sophomore LP Where I Go When I Am Sleeping would introduce a more atmospheric, dreamlike approach to the band's formula. Unfortunately towards the beginning of 2019, Weaver would come out and state that he no longer had any creative investment with the band, and he would move on to other endeavors. With only three releases under their name, it appears as though the blood in Casey's veins had run cold and it was time for them to bury their love. Or... was it?

How to Disappear. The third full length album from Casey is finally here, a new chapter to add to the story of Tom Weaver's life. So, how has the winds of change effected the band since their last offering over half a decade ago? Well, let's lay it all out there right away. Those who are anticipating an intense melodic hardcore record will ultimately walk away from How to Disappear feeling disappointed. As fate may have it, Casey has almost entirely abandoned their hardcore elements on this record and have evolved into more of an emo tinged post-rock act with traces of their hardcore roots reminiscent of Pianos Become the Teeth's shift to lighter pastures on Keep You.

Opening tracks "Unique Lights" and the depressingly titled "I Was Happy When You Died" present a much more delicate, pensive approach built off of twinkly guitar passages and massive drumming courtesy of the incredibly talented Max Nicolai. Above all though, Weaver's soaring clean vocals have taken the main stage this time with occasional harsh vocals used only when tasteful and necessary. Theme-wise, Casey has always been a conduit for Tom to express his pain in life and How to Disappear is no different. Whereas LINE focused primarily on the loss of romantic connection and Where I Go... reflected on Tom's depression and 8 year episode of being mute, How to Disappear explores themes of death and how to cope with grief as well as residual sentiments left in the wake of separations - whether it be what remains after the fallout of a relationship or the loss of a family member. The presentation here is much less urgent and dramatic, as lead single "Puncture Wounds to Heaven" establishes the record's general demeanor of being more melancholy, yet gracious with Tom's newly utilized falsettos and guitarist Tobey Evans' floaty riffs and chord progressions. Where LINE suffocates, How to Disappear allows to breathe. Not to say the album isn't any less emotionally impactful, as "Sanctimonious" and "Bite Through My Tongue" reflect back on what Casey does best with their intense melodic hardcore callbacks and incredibly catchy choruses. For the most part though, the album graciously floats along through the aether led by Weaver's soaring cleans and dreamlike song structures akin to Where I Go... most particularly found on the spellbinding "Space Between." The band dabbles in a few new tricks too as "St. Peter" and "Blush" incorporate somber piano passages and more raw presentation. The most shining highlight on the album however, closing/title track "How to Disappear" brings the album's themes full circle with arguably Weaver's most triumphant chorus yet belting out "When all I want to know is how to disappear, without leaving you to worry about me."

Casey is a band that has undoubtedly bared its soul for the world to see, and reminds us that it's okay not to be okay. Within our struggles, anxieties, and worries lies a seed of hope and love just waiting to blossom. Through all the misery, our struggles ultimately make us more compassionate people. And for Casey, this time love is enough.



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JayEnder
January 13th 2024


20457 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh hey, deja vu right? Yeah it's a redux review. I was pretty disappointed in my first write up and wanted to write something less expository and wordy. Hopefully this one reads better, thanks for stopping by.

artificialbox
January 13th 2024


2081 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Fuck ya, nice job on the edit man. Your original narrative is still present but neater and more condensed. Big pos.



I’m also feeling torn between a 3.5 and 4. Gotta give a bit more time before deciding.

JayEnder
January 13th 2024


20457 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks a lot man, I appreciate it. Note to self, shy away from legacy reviews lol.

porcupinetheater
January 13th 2024


11051 Comments


“through the power of love of understanding we can find out what it means to be alive.”

Says the fucking transphobe 🖕🖕

JayEnder
January 13th 2024


20457 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Huh?

Scoot
January 13th 2024


22255 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i feel like you can't just throw that out there and leave it

porcupinetheater
January 13th 2024


11051 Comments


I don’t remember what threads it in but you’ve said shit more than once and I ain’t the only person who remembers it

porcupinetheater
January 13th 2024


11051 Comments


Oh wait I remember one, he was defending the ousted Thy Art is Murder vocalist saying “God forbid you say anything bad about trans people” while going to bat for a man who said a woman validating her kid’s gender identity should be burnt alive

JayEnder
January 13th 2024


20457 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh, that? A poorly worded take on my part. I was just trying to make a point that they've written songs with actual misogyny with Whore to a Chainsaw and not kicking their old vocalist, but kicking CJ for his comments. Truth be told, I didn't look too deeply into the situation at first and didn't understand just how shitty his comments were. I apologize for that, I really don't have anything against trans people and am pretty bummed you think that.

Slex
January 13th 2024


16801 Comments


Sputnikmusic dot com is not the place to have a nuanced conversation about anything, especially as loaded as these topics. Maybe I'm playing devil's advocate but Jay is a close friend and not in any universe anything close to a transphobic or hateful person. He said some dumb shit out of ignorance and has tried to rectify it multiple times and it for real needs to die for fucks sake

JayEnder
January 13th 2024


20457 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

With almost 20k comments on here, I would hope everyone knows by now that I'm not a hateful person. I absolutely regret certain comments I've made that came out wrong, nobody is perfect. It's always been a flaw of mine that sometimes I say something without thinking.



All I want is for everyone to get along and talk about music, that's what this place should be about.

porcupinetheater
January 13th 2024


11051 Comments


Sorry if I missed it but I’ve heard very little making it right and way more “I didn’t know it was that bad, and this recurring phrase “actual misogyny, which, as someone who has seen my trans friends face hatred and violence on a regular basis in the real world, and identify non-binary myself, seems like something the trans community is also very fucking familiar with, I don’t buy it. It’s apathetic, and insinuates that multiple grievances in the world can’t be fought together. Until all bigotry is eliminated, all manner of bigotry will continue. In this case, as if the trans community don’t consistently show up to protest misogyny in all stripes.

Which, maybe if that comment from Jay was a standalone, it could be a misspeak and poor form at a bad time. But he doubled down with shit like:

“The world is just too soft now to say something like [CJ’s horrific, violent, hateful comments], agreed. I'm not advocating for CJ because it was a stupid thing to say. And I'm not advocating for the GOP but just a point of hypocrisy that people wish death on RW people all the time lol“

As if, first of all, the person he was going to bay for wasn’t the first person to wish death on others to begin with. And tbh I can’t fucking stand the underlying “I’m not a Republican but people are too soft these days it’s just words” because it’s not fucking just words, trans people are killed every single day because of ideology like this shit, and to dismiss it as just words that people these days are too soft to take is ignorant cowardice in the most forgiving interpretation.

henryChinaski
January 13th 2024


5058 Comments


aaah need to check this asap. Glad it already got a review!

JayEnder
January 13th 2024


20457 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hell yeah Henry, it's definitely worth a spin! Hope you dig!

Slex
January 13th 2024


16801 Comments


Porc I love, respect and understand ya (I'm NB with most of my close friends being trans/queer) and I'm hoping the two of y'all can maybe hash things out

Now for fucks sake somebody throw a pie

iChuckles
January 13th 2024


703 Comments


Nice review Jaydawg excited to check this out!

ToSmokMuzyki
January 13th 2024


11674 Comments


omg so many words

outliers
January 13th 2024


5096 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet review brother jay

Mort.
January 13th 2024


25836 Comments


'he has always proven to write some of the most emotionally profound words ever penned to paper'

an incredibly hyperbolic statement that probs shouldnt be in the review (and im assuming you dont read much)

but this is still much better than the first version

Mort.
January 13th 2024


25836 Comments


oh and you dont need to say 'penned to paper'

just say 'ever penned'



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