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Known first as a member of The New Pornographers and then as a successful solo act, Neko Case started by playing in a number of bands while attending college in Vancouver as a drummer, then left Canada for Seattle to record Mass Romantic, the New Pornographers’ very-popular debut album in 2000. As a soloist, Case worked more in the country genre for her first two albums, then transitioned into more indie rock material for later albums like Fox Confessor Brings the Flood and 2009’s Cyclone. Throughout her solo career, she has continued to contribute vocals and occasional lyrics to the Pornographers, as well as contributing to and working with other groups like Maow, The Corn Sisters, Cub, and close friend Carolyn Mark.
The Worse Things Get… is Case’s first solo release in four years and was released last Tuesday to positive reviews, and you can hear her latest single “Man” on WERS. The album springs from a series of deaths in Case’s family that affected her, and a period of creative depression between her 2009 album and the most recent release. “I just found lyrics just grating and so I started listening to ragtime and I found that that was really very comforting,” she explained in a recent interview, and the influence shows in her latest album. When she began writing again, The Worse Things Get… material became some of the most interesting of her entire career.
Keep listening to WERS to hear our latest Artist of the Week, Neko Case!