Casey: “Fulfilment is us communicating as a band again, and creating together”

Thankfully, both for the members who mourned their time in the band and fans who missed hearing music from one of the UK’s finest purveyors of emo-inflected post-hardcore, in December of 2022 Casey announced their reformation, with third album – the excellent How To Disappear – now set to drop this Friday, January 12 via Hassle.

Explaining that, “creatively, Casey never ended” – the instrumentalists regularly meeting up to play and share ideas in the years following the split – Liam, Toby and their bandmates are thrilled to be back, but they’re returning with a newfound sense of wisdom and appreciation for the sheer impact their music has, particularly vocalist Tom, who was feeling burnt out when Casey first decided to call it a day.

“Casey means a lot to me, musically, but Tom is the driving force behind the lyrics,” Liam explains. “So, when we were discussing coming back, the biggest thing for us was whether Tom would be comfortable revisiting those points in his life every night when singing the older songs – emotionally, that’s a much harder task for him than it is us as instrument players. That was a sticky point, but Tom’s ethos on it, which we really value, is that the songs have grown to have a greater meaning and have helped so many other people, that it would be selfish for him just to keep the feeling of hearing those songs again to himself.

“He’s managed to separate himself in that sense, and maybe that is something we didn’t understand before we split. But it’s important we continue to play those songs for the people that love them, and that’s exactly what we’ll do.”