Hey thank you so much for doing this! Can you please introduce yourself and tell us your role in The Dividing Line?
Thanks for hitting us up! I’m Casey Homa and I sing for The Dividing Line.
Last October I was in Boston for the Edge Day show you guys played. What did it mean to you to be on such a cool line up in Boston?
Edge Day is the best and it’s always a lot of fun traveling to the shows that happen every year / few years. In 2015, I drove up to see Stop and Think, Mindset, No Tolerance and more at Hardcore Stadium / The Middle East in Cambridge. That was one of the greatest shows I’d ever been to and being able to finally see Stop and Think was a dream come true. Then I went back up in 2016 to see Floorpunch and it was just as incredible. Shortly after that we were asked to play Edge Day 2017 and I couldn’t believe it. That show was fun and it was great to be able to play one of Violence to Fade’s last shows. That band meant a lot to me.
The demo is so sick. Can you explain who “Waste My Time” is about?
Waste My Time is about every single person that takes themselves way too seriously. It’s about the endless sea of people that will spew nonsense for the sake of making themselves look morally superior to everyone else. They will tell you that you NEED to believe something or you NEED to feel a certain way about something. It’s annoying and it’s everywhere. The easiest way to drive young kids away from a scene that desperately needs them is to immediately come off as annoying and preachy with no integrity behind your message.
Recently New Age Records announced that The Dividing Line has joined the roster. How did that come together?
So Mike from New Age hit me up when I had posted that we were going into the studio to record the 7”. He had listened to the demo before and was into our songs, so he was all about putting it out. The 4 of us in The Dividing Line had actually talked before about how sick it would be to be on New Age months before all of this so it’s unreal that it worked out the way it did. It’s still mindblowing to me that we will be on the same label as Turning Point, Mouthpiece, Trial, Strife, Lifetime, and so many other bands that have been a major influence on us.
You guys wrapped up recording back in April. Do you have a set release date for the debut 7”?
It’s looking like the record will be out by the end of the summer. We just finished up recording a few weeks ago and it’s sounding massive! I can’t wait for everyone to hear what we’ve been working on.
In August, New Age Records is having a 30 year anniversary event. Can you break some news? Will you guys be apart of it?
I’ll say this: They’re dropping the lineup this week and I think you’ll like it a lot!!
How did you find out about Straight Edge and what does it mean to you?
I found out about straight edge when I was 14. I was in marching band / concert band in high school and I played xylophone, and Dan White (Time’s Up, Fixation) was in drumline. He and several others at my high school (plus a bunch of older kids that had already graduated) had a hand in setting up the shows that happened in my area. I started going to a bunch of them and I was all about it. The first record that I listened to almost every day for a year straight was Floorpunch - Fast Times. To this day, I honestly think that band is absolutely perfect.
There were a handful of kids my age at my high school that started going to shows around the same time I did, so it was great making new friends and seeing so many great bands every few weeks. We had Rock Bottom, Mother of Mercy, Agitator, Stick Together, Beware, and many more sick bands that would play the area regularly. On top of that, the tours that would come through were legendary. Being 15 and seeing the Rival Mob for the first time a few minutes from your house is a pretty special feeling.. haha. Since 2009 I’ve played in Don’t Break, Mishap, On Patrol, and several other bands. I’ve met most of my close friends through playing in these bands / traveling to shows all over the place.
I’m 23 now and I’ve been straight edge for 9 years. That’s something that will never change. I’m very thankful that I wasn’t sucked into some kind of garbage rave scene or Radio-Disney-metal scene and that I found something that doesn’t involve getting high or drunkenly driving into a lake while blasting Party Rock Anthem at 4 in the morning.
Pennsylvania is home to a lot of great bands. I’m always curious about other scenes. What newer bands from your area should we be listening to?
I want to thank you again for taking the time to do this. I really appreciate it. If there’s anything you want to plug. The floor is yours..
Glad to be a part of this! Shout out to Restraining Order, Decline, Drug Control, Dare, Ingrown, One Step Closer, Nation of Wolves, Edgewise, Clear Focus, Selective Aggression, Edge Control, Maniac, all the bands I listed in the previous answer, all the bands I inevitably missed, Len Carmichael, Tony Ortolano, Jeff DeSantis, Sunny Singh & hate5six, Nifty Fifty’s in Turnersville, The Colonial Diner in Woodbury, The Pop Shop in Collingswood, Smart Water, the Philadelphia Eagles, Grimace & Gumby, Matt’s old house that gave me strep throat 3 different times, Drew Hendricks, and God Bless Floorpunch, Stop and Think and No Tolerance.
Be on the lookout for our first 7” entitled “Turn My Back On The World” coming out at the end of the summer on New Age Records!