While they racked up chart hits and sell-out tours, for front-man John Power, Cast were all about passion, love of music and gut feel for the songs.
When it burned it was radiant. When that fire disappeared Power knew it was time to kick out the embers and move on.
That tipping point came in 2001 when Power split the band on the back of seven top 10 hits.
The most successful time of his career was also the most stressful and Power admits he never contemplated performing Cast songs again for years.
Yet Cast are reborn and will headline Enjoy Music Festival tomorrow at Hazlehead Park.
And Power, 50, insists the 90s beat-rock greats have never sounded better.
Speaking exclusively to Society from his Liverpool home, he said: “I am getting more of a buzz these days because I can do it better, I can sing better and I am more relaxed.
“The band around me are all special musicians and we have a great vibe as we have been through so much together. That really shows.
“People who have watched Cast through the years know that we are performing at the top of our game.
“If I ever stop enjoying singing those songs then I will stop.
“I have already done that in various chapters of my life where I have not felt it and couldn’t perform it.
“If I can’t feel the love for the song then I can’t expect anyone else to.
“But I’m having a great time with the band, as we are on fire – more than ever.”
Having been bassist with The Las on their seminal debut album, Power left and formed Cast in 1992.
Within three years they were one of the biggest acts in Britain, caught up in the hype of the Britpop movement they wanted no association with.
Cast were a world apart from the laddish culture of Britpop.
It was in Scotland the audience reaction was so dynamic we realised something was happening
The hits and sell-out tours followed and with it a crushing pressure to deliver that Power only truly acknowledged when he had finally dissolved the band.
He said: “I would like to think I was more carefree when I was younger, but I don’t know if that is true.
“Even though we had far more success the weight of my own expectations upon my shoulders was heavier than it is now.
“What was deemed to be the most successful time of my life was probably the hardest time as well.
“It was a struggle within myself and with my own demons while constantly trying to write the songs. And not giving myself a break.
“Also not knowing who you are yourself. First of all you have to know yourself, to know that ground you are standing upon.
“I had a big dream and a lot of confidence but had to try to balance the bullishness of trying to kick through people’s doors with the sensitivity of writing songs. Because that is the only way you are going to be heard.
“We were just kids with the fire crying in our belly.
“It took me to actually split the band up to realise how stressful the whole thing was.”
Following Cast’s breakup, Power went on to release three superb solo albums – Happening for Love (2003), Willow She Weeps (2006) and Stormbreaker (2008).
Eventually he rediscovered that passion for Cast and began playing the material during solo shows.
The next logical progression was to reform the band in 2010.
The albums Troubled Times (2011) and Kicking Up The Dust (2017) followed.
He said: “I had completely fallen out of love with the Cast and the whole industry thing.
“Willow Weeps and Stormbreaker were me putting on the boots and digging the earth again in a musical sense.
“That was very important because at the time the Cast stuff was a million miles away from me.
“Yet they came back to me picking up the guitar and strumming through Sandstorm eight years later and saying I think I will perform that tonight as it feels good.
“I think Cast will record a new album next year again. I have lots of new material and a couple of them are crackers.”
Speaking of Cast’s Scottish audiences, Power said: “Festivals are always great fun.
“When Cast first started, Scotland was one of the first places that got Fine Time and the vibe of the band.
“It was in Scotland where the audience reaction was so dynamic that we realized something was going to happen for us, even before we were signed to a label.
“Ever since we have always had a great relationship with the fans in Scotland.”