Hi Shane, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Great. It’s been a long year, but I’ve got a lot to look forward to regarding music.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Find My Way”?
Sure. It’s probably the catchiest track off the album, and the most optimistic. I wanted to shoot for an Eagles/Allman brothers vibe and I think we nailed that perfectly. Recording was rough. Our lead guitarist moved to Chicago so this song stumped us for awhile, at least until the wonderful Gerry Rosenthal stepped in. He really brought this song to life.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Nope! I had a catchy chorus in my head and I brought it to the band. The rest is history.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
I’m not a big fan of music videos, but a lyric video is definitely possible.
The single comes off your new album Silver Star – what’s the story behind the title?
The “Silver Star” signifies hope and the search for meaning. It can be a lover, a career, or a feeling you can chase; whatever gets you out of bed every day. I couldn’t tell you exactly how I came up with it, but it’s based off Conor Oberst’s “yellow bird” off his album, “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning”
How was the recording and writing process?
Rough. We condensed most of the full band tracks into a 2 day period since my lead guitarist was only in NJ for the weekend. A lot of the songs weren’t sounding how I wanted, and Find My Way didn’t have a main guitar part. Things were hectic, so I stepped away for a few months to get my bearings. I came back and re-recorded a lot of vocal parts and things started to really shape up nicely. I’m proud of how it turned out.
You’re based out of NJ – is there a big folk and Americana scene there? How has the local music scene impacted your sound?
Unfortunately, not in the slightest. There is almost no folk music in Northwest Jersey. Most of the musicians here either play in 90’s cover bands or Grateful Dead style jam bands. I wanted to move to Brooklyn this summer and maybe find some like-minded people, but COVID has unfortunately put a halt to that.
How did you go on balancing the classic rock influences with your Americana sensibilities on this album in particular?
Every member of this band grew up listening to classic rock. Pink Floyd, The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen- you name it. We just play what feels most natural and try not to think too hard about it.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I usually pull inspiration from how I’m feeling. Anxious, sad, or whatever. This album was challenging because I had to change my writing style in order to adhere to the theme that I wasn’t exactly used to.
What else is happening next in Shane Casey’s world?
After this, I plan on releasing an acoustic album. I’ve got a full band album in the works, but the current social climate isn’t making band practice any easier. Getting 3-4 adults in one room is tough enough without a global pandemic. I hope to eventually do a less serious and genuinely fun album. We’ll just have to see how things go and hope for the best!