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Brad Casey - The Tranzac

Sincere ponderings of a singer-songwriter who plays straight from the heart, vocals that infuses the spirit of Neil Young and Bob Dylan, guitar-playing leading you into a delicate landscape. Thoughtful exuberance and personal lyrics--a humble soul's musical excursion of life, introspection, and light. -

"From Fredericton Daily Gleaner"

Brad Casey to play Capital stage tonight
Happy homecoming | Former Frederictonian returns with his unique style of folk-rock in support of his debut solo album

Published Friday February 1st, 2008
Appeared on page D6

Brad Casey will perform his unique style of experimental folk-rock at The Capital Bar tonight.

Casey will hit the stage in support of Jon McKiel at about 10 p.m.

The former Fredericton resident is now living in Toronto and he hopes people will enjoy his debut solo album The Hour Between Dog and Wolf.

Casey said he's looking forward to a warm reception from friends and former acquaintances.

"Yeah, I hope it might be my most fruitful show of the tour," he said.

"I still know a lot of people here. I've got some friends coming out to see me and show some support."

He said performing on tour to a different crowd in a different city every night

has helped him develop new performance skills.

"It's been definitely a new experience for me," he said.

"It's interesting going into that kind of space, where I'm walking into a bar that I've never seen before. I'm really walking into it blind.

"It's been a really interesting experience to try to win crowds over with only my music."

Casey lists artistic icons such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tim Buckley and Jack Kerouac as his influences.

Casey said he tries to avoid comparisons by staying true to his vision of how his music should sound.

"I have my influences, yeah, but I've never tried to be one of my influences," he said.

"I just try to be myself. I learned to sing and it just kind of happened that I sing the way that I do and that I write the way that I do."

After the show in Fredericton, Casey will perform at Ginger's Tavern in Halifax on Feb. 6, and in Ottawa at the Avant-Garde Bar on Feb. 8.

Folk-rock lovers can pick up a copy of Casey's album at tonight's show at The Capital Bar or by visiting

- Daily Gleaner

"Review on Hero Hill"

Reviews:: Brad Casey The Hour Between Dog and Wolf

Brad Casey comes off as an artist that wants you to know he doesn't need you to like him or his work. His liner notes and bio basically tell you to enjoy the record or don't, it doesn't matter to him. He embraces his songs and their imperfections (which any artist should) and isn't concerned if you do.

While I appreciate the fact that writing songs is a personal journey, I'm not sure if starting off the experience by dismissing your audience is the smartest move especially since instead of brash, brazen hooks, Casey writes intimate, inviting tracks.

I know it takes a confidence to expose yourself on every track, but the spare arrangements welcome you in to his heart and soul, they don't push you away. The Hour Between the Dog and Wolf is actually really engaging. The majority of the tracks are simple guitar strums and Casey's voice, but the songs are full of emotion and add just enough beautiful, well-placed sounds (like the trumpet on You Alone) to keep the record moving.

But the star of the show is Casey's vocals. He's got some clever lyrics wrapped in his warble filled voice. I mean, "I met a man of heavy holiness who said that vertigo would keep his soul from heaven's highness for fear of the ground below" is deeper than the Mines of Minolta, but Casey's songs never come off as pretentious.

Tracks like Sophia and Israfel are laced with the depressing imagery that so many music lovers search for. Casey exists in the drifter world of goodbyes and regret; the world where seclusion forces you to replay decisions in your mind, harboring mistakes and reliving better times.

For a young artist, he's already quite adapt at crafting narratives that keep you listening. You Alone is a great song that shows Casey talking about a woman he loved that chose another man, any man to cure her loneliness. The subject matter is not unique, but the way he puts together lyrics over a simple arrangement certainly is.

Like Casey himself says, this record isn't perfect, but it is very enjoyable. He's got that "something" you need to have to grab a listener's ear when it's just you and your guitar.

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Caesuric EP
The Hour Between Dog and Wolf



At the age of 12 my parents bought me a guitar. I don't know why, but I played it.

At the age of 16 I married the idea of becoming a writer. I bought a notebook and wrote it cover to cover with bad writing; with what I knew was bad writing, but I kept the words coming. I have drawers full of bad writing that could fulfill the life of the worst of writers.

At 19 I started singing. I practiced vocal techniques, learned songs, studied vocalists that attracted me. I knew I wanted to write songs, that I wanted to perform, but I was not ready for either yet. I sang bad songs badly.

At 21 I wrote a song which wasn’t so bad, and could sing it well. Then another song came. Stages were found. Writing was improved upon gracefully. I reached a point where my talent was enough to be comfortable on stage with a guitar.

At 23 I wrote and recorded 11 songs for an album titled The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, the title being taken from a novel by Jean Rhys. It comes from half a life of influence and practice. It's a humble effort; it has its mistakes but it has its charms as well.

The Hour Between Dog and Wolf holds love songs for lonely people. Its themes center around scenes half-lit; seen through a haze. Half of its songs are dressed up with a full band, at times dramatic, at times relaxed. The other half of its songs are stripped down with just guitar or piano and vocals, at times dramatic, at times relaxed. Its secrets can be found in its dichotomies and contradictions, if that’s where you’re looking for them.

This album is the first; the foreword to an elaborate history. Perhaps my writing is as bad as it ever was, perhaps I’m following in the steps of the bad songs I once sang badly. Regardless, I am now comfortable enough to share it with whoever wishes to judge its mistakes and charms.

Enjoy. Or not.