Casey Neill & The Norway Rats
- Crystal Hotel - Al's Den |
- Thursday, June 20, 2013
- 7 p.m. |
- Free |
- 21 and over
About Casey Neill & The Norway Rats
Casey Neill & the Norway Rats fuse modern rock with punk, Americana, and Celtic styles. The Norway Rats are an assemblage of Portland's finest musos whose shows alternate between desolate ballads and raucous rave-ups. With a raspy voice, well-crafted songs and a crack band, Casey Neill has carved out a widespread fanbase throughout the US, Canada, Japan, and Britain . A new Casey Neill CD "Brooklyn Bridge" was released May 1st 2007 on the indie label In Music We Trust.
Neill cut his teeth in the underground music community of the Pacific Northwest. Maintaining an international touring and recording career, his songs have garnered widespread praise from radio and critics, as well as musical luminaries Jello Biafra, Amy Ray, Pete Seeger, and Steve Earle. Casey has played stages such as New York's Town Hall, San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, and Glasgow's Celtic Connections Festival.
Back in Portland's thriving music world after four years spent playing and recording in Brooklyn, Neill formed the Norway Rats with many longtime musical friends. He also joined a Pogues tribute act, KMRIA, which features past and present members of the Decemberists, Eels, the Minus 5 and others. The Portland-based label In Music We Trust signed on to release Brooklyn Bridge, Neill's most recent album, in May 2007.
Brooklyn Bridge includes the sessions recorded by Johnny Cunningham and features over 25 musicians. The players include the New York incarnation of Casey's band, his acoustic trio from the 90s, many of the current Norway Rats, and guests Chris Funk and Jenny Conlee of the Decemberists, songwriters John Wesley Harding and Erin McKeown, guitarist Eric Ambel of Steve Earle and the Dukes, and more. The result is a 12-song collection of anthemic rock, punk attitude, desolate ballads, and Poguesy punk roarers.
"These are songs with stories well told. This is what it's all about" - Steve Earle
"A masterful songwriter" - Punk PlanetMap & Directions