With seven albums under their collective belt and countless tours across the U.S. and Europe, South America, Japan and Mexico, it would seem hardcore punk stalwarts The Casualties have done it all. But one shouldn’t be so quick to assume anything with these guys who still have much more to bring to the punk-rock scene.
To wit, their latest album, We Are All We Have, though full of their signature bracing, high-octane hardcore punk, also features a few surprises. As drummer Meggers testifies, “[It’s] definitely our most diverse album. There’s a reggae song on there, there’s our staple Casualties anthem sing-alongs, there’s some thrash-metal influence in there, so it’s all over the place, but still holding on to the true Casualties sound” adding, “I think it’s what the band needed after six records.” He attributes the more varied sound to the fact that they all listen to such different styles of music, which are finally seeping into some songs. Meanwhile, guitarist Jake says the diversity is also due to their extensive touring. “Being in different countries just opens your mind to things,” he explains. “It’s definitely still way Casualties fuckin’ real hardcore punk,” the guitarist assures us, but nonetheless still believes “it’s leaps and bounds from what it was [in the early days] to what it is now. We’re not the type of band that would stay stuck in that era.
With We Are All We Have, the band’s love for songwriting shines through and they solidly prove they’re more than capable of keeping things fresh and exciting while still satisfying their diehard fanbase. Returning to the Blasting Room and the production savy of Bill Stevenson, the band is ready unleash their latest creation into the world.
We Are All We Have will be out on August 25, 2009.