Like it or not – summer festival season is finally over. It’s now time again to move indoors and begin to re-acquaint ourselves with properly seeing a good show and not breathing in piss dust and surviving on food from a truck and stale beer from a plastic cup. Enter: Neko Case.
I will spare you from delving into her impressive CV and catalogue, for time is short and my charge is to prime you for Case’s solo show tomorrow evening. If you’ve never heard hide ‘nor hare of her impressive body of solo work – it might behoove you to begin a few years back with her ‘breakthrough’ Grammy nominated LP: Middle Cyclone. For me this album really defines what the modern American songwriter should be striving for – and managed to achieve while lifting Case’s accolades beyond being a member of Indie-collective, New Pornographers, and propelling her striking and unique voice into the upper echelons of songwriters on god’s green earth. Middle Cyclone is a modern masterpiece, mixing in elements of Americana, folk, country, indie, surf, garage and doses of cerebral and often haunting imagery.
After a few years off dealing with personal tragedies and facing what apparently seems like a hell of a lot of demons, Case presented the epic The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You in 2013, garnering the Grammy nod again for ‘Best alternative album” (after having been nominated previously for ‘best folk album’) and hit the road with a shit hot band, hitting up all the usual late night talk shows, festivals and touring in support of what this writer believed to be one of the best albums released last year. The Worse Things Get… touches on many subjects – up to and including – Sexism, rape, murder, heartbreak, loss, love and fear. And presents them in a frock of music that seems familiar and yet complex all at once. In summary – it’s a masterpiece. It absolutely defies classification.
What to expect: The band is definitely holdin’ it down. With such a lushly orchestrated album to tour – they would have to. Neko Case’s very stark and strong voice and personality though is still center stage though. It seems that recent sets draw on her entire solo catalogue, but naturally heavy on her two recent albums (which is fine by me). We could be in for one of those amazingly intimate Voxhall shows though, as it looks from the event page like not many tickets have been sold – but don’t mistake the numbers – I absolutely promise this show is required listening, and one not to miss. Get your ass there.
Tickets are still available from Voxhall’s website and at the door. Support is by Maggie Bjorklund and the venue open it’s doors at 19.00. let’s hope Neko brings some merch, because her records have been hard to find in town all year!
As always, Sound Of Aarhus wishes you a great gig. Please respect the artist and other audience members and leave the phones down and keep the chatting to a minimum. I’ll see ya there!