Playing Friday, March 4th at the PIELC 2016 Roost
Hi-Fi Music Hall, 44 E 7th Ave, Eugene OR.
Doors at 8pm
The music of Casey Neill & The Norway Rats combines high energy rave-ups and haunting sonic reveries built around melodic narrative songwriting. Their sound is deeply influenced by Scots/Irish melody and post-punk intensity. Casey’s songs are character sketches, anthems for social and environmental change, and celebrations of underground culture.
The Norway Rats feature Jenny Conlee (Decemberists) on keyboards and accordion, Chet Lyster (eels) on guitars, Jesse Emerson (Amelia) on bass, and Joe Mengis (Priory) on drums. Neill has been touring extensively with bands and solo for more than a decade, performing his songs at venues such as Town Hall in New York, San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, and the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle. He is often a member of the Northwest power pop collective The Minus 5 (with members of R.E.M.) as well as Japanese/American cross cultural band Big Bridges.
Their latest CD/LP “All You Pretty Vandals” was produced by Chris Funk of the Decemberists and has garnered rave reviews from national press, online blogs, and widespread radio play. Since it’s release they have performed on NPR’s Mountain Stage, a Daytrotter session, and 100s of shows across the U.S. and Japan.
The Norway Rats are hard at work on a new long player coming out later in the year with tour dates throughout 2016.