Full-length debut from this New Jersey melodic, indie pop-punk band. Ex-members of NONA, Caseracer, Pinkus & more.
“The members of Casual have been the catalyst for keeping the tiny suburban community of Flemington, New Jersey on the punk map over the past five years. Through a “members of” list that’s nearly a decade long and four states wide, as well as their involvement with a DIY space that’s become a home to touring bands looking for a spot to play between Philly and New York, their brand of witty, technical “pot punk” has been turning heads for a couple of years.
Now, Casual – guitarists Mike Haller and Jeff Hersch, bassist Liz Parsons, and drummer Joe Brendel – is finally dropping their self-titled full length on Square of Opposition and Dead Broke Rekerds. From the jump, the band tackles the issues that pop up in suburban life – boredom and a Magic: The Gathering obsession on the scream-along second track “Mana Burn”, drug addiction on the burning, furious closer “Opium” – with a tenacity and thoughtfulness far beyond their years. The highlight is “Doing Business,” a dynamic, concise punk song that channels just as much Static Radio NJ as it does RVIVR. Casual is a fantastic first effort for a band that’s quietly building a reputation for their energetic live show." - Paul Blest