Neko Case returned with her first album in over four years, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You in September last year via ANTI to universal acclaim. Since then, Case has earned a third Grammy nomination, scored number two inThe Sunday Times' albums of 2013 and played one of the shows of the year with Angel Olsen at London's Forum in December. Case returns to the UK to wow us once more with a slew of European dates in August, including London's Union Chapel and the Green Manfestival.
Neko Case has always been brave, but with her latest album she proves herself fearless. With her latest ANTI release, The Worse Things Get. the singer known as much for her restless musical curiosity as her clarion voice charts a powerfully personal course across the rocky landscape of childhood, love, and loss.
If Middle Cyclone - laced with frogs, tornados, and killer whales - was Case's exploration of the potency of the natural world, the new album sees Case turning inward. The Worse Things Get. plunges into the wilderness of human experience, revealing Case at her most emotionally raw and yet, paradoxically, in steely control. Executive produced by Case, The Worse Things Get. was recorded by Tucker Martine in Portland, Oregon, as well as with Chris Schultz and Craig Schumacher in Tucson and with Phil Palazzolo in Brooklyn.
Martine, Case, and Darryl Neudorf mixed the album, on which Case is supported by a battalion of musicians including guitarist Paul Rigby, bassist Tom V. Ray, longtime backing vocalist Kelly Hogan, multi-instrumentalist Jon Rauhouse, Kurt Dahle, and John Convertino. Other guests include M. Ward, Carl Newman, Steve Turner, Howe Gelb, and members of My Morning Jacket, Los Lobos, and Visqueen. This far-flung set of collaborators mirrors Case's own peripatetic path to creative maturity. Born in Virginia in 1970 and raised, for the most part, in working-class Tacoma, Washington, she's lived and worked in Seattle, Vancouver B.C., Chicago, and Tucson, before moving five years ago to a 100-acre farm in rural Vermont.
Neko Case Live Dates:
Fri 8 Aug Gothenburg Sweden, Way Out West
Sat 9 Aug Oslo Norway, _ya Festival SOLD OUT
Sun 10 Aug Bergen Norway, Hulen
Tue 12 Aug Aarhus Denmark, Voxhall
Thu 14 Aug Amsterdam Netherlands, Tolhuis
Fri 15 Aug London UK, Union Chapel o19
Sat 16 Aug Brecon Beacons Wales, Green Man Festival