Neko Case – Preview

Published On November 27, 2013 | By Tom Sayer | Music & Nightlife Reviews & Previews

Concorde 2
Weds 11th December 2013

With a past that includes a well-travelled childhood, bar work in a Tacoma punk club and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, it could be said that Neko was destined to be a professional musician.

Starting out as a drummer for several local bands in the Northwest area, Neko’s debut album ‘Virginian’ was released in 1997, with a backing group of established musicians which she referred to as ‘Her Boyfriends’. Following this collaboration she joined ‘The New Pornographers’ in 1998 and recorded vocals for four tracks for their debut album ‘Mass Romantic’, including the title track. Despite being conceived by the members as a side project, the album received a very positive reception by the public and so the band decided to tour and have since released a further four studio albums and three live albums to date.

Neko’s sixth studio album ‘The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (2013)’ went straight to number one in the US Indie charts, following in the footsteps of the previous record, ‘Middle Cyclone’. The album comes in the wake of three years of what Neko described as “grief and mourning” after the loss of both of her parents and several friends. It shows a clear development from her earlier solo works, with a mature approach to songwriting, a crisp vocal performance and excellent production values.

Neko is currently on tour in Europe, with just six dates in the UK before finishing off the tour in France and Spain, so grab your tickets now whilst they are still available and catch this quasi-Canadian songstress live at Concorde 2.

‘The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You’ is available now on Anti Records.

About The Writer

Tom Sayer is a Music and Creative Writing graduate from Bangor University, born and raised in Hove. After completing an MA in Composition for Film he returned to his hometown and dived back into the local music scene, seeking out the best and freshest music to write about for welovebrighton. Tom's musical interests range from Acoustic and Indie to Film Music and Jazz and he hopes to one day write for a music magazine, so feel free to send in your job offers!