07.21.17 · Counter Intuitive Records / Open Door Records / Hidden Home Records / Celebrity Punk House · CIR019
"Alongside the powerful tones, Casual Friday also have a sunnier, surfer punk infusion to a few tracks (reminiscent of fellow West Coasters’ FIDLAR). ‘Heavy Blinders’ and my album highlight ‘California’ both leave behind the pent-up frustration to make way for a slightly softer sound. ‘California’ layers more complicated irregular melodies and vocals comfortably over each other with ease, using a trail of smart and original lyrical metaphors.
The album’s title track ‘Weekend Forever’, combines an array of typical pop-punk clichés and dusts them with DIY delivery (not dissimilar to Tiny Moving Parts). The consequence is that instead of becoming a rushed high octane middle-finger-to-the-world anthem, it formulates into a genuine party in a basement.
As an album ‘Weekend Forever’ is like viewing modern pop-punk through nostalgia tinted spectacles. The tracks evoke images of bouncing mosh pits, long summer drives and messy party montages. Unlike many recent power punk efforts, despite the pretence of the genre, there’s a distinctively mature sound to Casual Friday – though this release may be their first full length it’s no infantile feat. There’s a feeling that this band has a goal, and their effort on ‘Weekend Forever’ clearly shines through. The intent and delivery across the album is assured and confident, forging tracks that could resonate with plenty of audiences." - Annabel Platt