Spinning peerless folk-rock, power-pop perfection and scene-stealing leads with The New Pornographers, the exquisite Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter makes her Opera House debut armed with full band and the heartbreaking beauty of her critically acclaimed, new release.
Spinning peerless folk-rock, power-pop perfection and
scene-stealing leads with The New Pornographers, the exquisite Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter makes her Opera House debut armed with full band and the heartbreaking beauty of her critically acclaimed, new release.
From leading power-pop supergroup The New Pornographers to her 20-year journey through lustrous, spellbinding confessionals, smouldering torch songs and 2009's chart-topping Grammy-nominated Middle Cyclone, one of pop's finest singer-songwriters, Neko Case returns with her tour de force voice and full band for an Opera House debut at her life-affirming best, accompanied by 2013's critically acclaimed and epically titled The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You.
A restless traveller since leaving a broken home raised on rock 'n' roll greats (The Pretenders, The Clash, Blondie), the 'honorary Canadian's fiery whip-smart song-writing eludes genre classification. Often identifying with the voiceless: women, murderers, and other folks on the fringe of society, animals and tornados, Neko is a deft storyteller, drawing on dreams and fables, akin to the gothic-spun folk and roaring sonic affairs of Nick Cave, Calexico and The Sadies. Ever-anchored by the lush intertwining harmonies of Kelly Hogan and new collaborators M. Ward, Mudhoney's Steve Turner and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, Neko has cemented her bloodline connection between country greats (Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn) and indie contemporaries alike (Cat Power, Feist).
Described by NPR Music as ‘one of the most powerful
and seductive voices in rock’, the 43-year-old Virginian’s vocal’s stand apart,
never failing to mesmerise audiences with the formidable strength, emotion and downcast beauty of her music. Cinematic, ornate, shifty and quirky at times, Neko's music continues to evolve. If Middle Cyclone was all about the awesome but unpredictable power of nature, The Worse Things Get... is about the fallibility of one's own self, accepting shortcomings and the narrowness of socially-constructed paths and rising above it all.
Now returning after a whirlwind two-tour visit in 2010, Neko Case will bring her signature, rapturous voice to the Concert Hall's epic surrounds - performing from her 20-year songbook in peerless, soul-baring spirit. 'I just want people to feel like I was straight with them, and messy, because I just let go and trust them completely'.
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