Casey Neill & The Norway Rats

ONCE Somerville presents

Casey Neill & The Norway Rats

Golden Oak

Wed, April 4, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:45 pm

$10.00 - $15.00

ONCE Somerville presents Casey Neill and the Norway Rats

with Golden Oak

$10 advance/$15 day of show

7pm doors/7:45pm show time

Physical tickets are available at:

A Curated World by Kay McGowan

160 Highland Ave

Wed - Fri: 1pm to 8pm

Sat - Sun: 12pm to 6pm

 

 

Casey Neill & The Norway Rats
Casey Neill & The Norway Rats
The music of Casey Neill & The Norway Rats combines high energy indie rock rave-ups and haunting lush acoustic reveries built around melodic narrative songwriting. The Norway Rats feature Chet Lyster (Eels) on guitars, Jesse Emerson on bass, Stuart Murray on drums, and John Askew on keys and guitars. Neill has been touring extensively through the USA, Japan, and Europe 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 Newport Folk Festival. 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.

A new CD/LP ‘Subterrene’ is out in the March of 2018 with songs co-written and produced by Lyster. Described by Neill as a work of “dystopian romance,” the band is tapping into new creative wells, where electronic elements weave in and out underneath razor sharp guitars. While not a traditional concept album, Subterrene follows a distinct story arc, and the ominous-yet-defiantly-optimistic portraits it paints were inspired in equal parts by vintage sci-fi novels, our current political climate, and the globetrotting manner in which Neill’s lived for the past few years. Their previous CD/LP "All You Pretty Vandals" was produced by Chris Funk of the Decemberists and 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.
WHAT OTHERS SAY:

“…teeming with rich lyrics that paint the glory and gutter of a wanderer’s struggle. Neill’s bellows pack the punch of white-capped seas, soaking the band’s big sky, prairie wind sound with a haunting graveness. It just may be Portland’s strongest brand of unfettered, contemporary roots rock." - Mark Stock, WILLAMETTE WEEK

"These are songs with stories well told. This is what it's all about" ​- ​STEVE EARLE

“a masterful songwriter” - PUNK PLANET "Soul-searing songs "- UTNE READER​

"An adroit lesson in ways to tear it up" - Blurt​

“Be it through raucous rockers, fragile acoustic ballads, ragged country, passionate bursts of punk fury or soulful touches of Irish folk, Neill's narrative talent and concern for real people's struggles stand out. (Neill) evokes an epic feel that fits perfectly with the implicit grandiosity of this emotional material, delivered with a raspy, affectionate voice that recalls Life's Rich Pageant-era Michael Stipe. The results are so evocative, you'll be tempted to steep further in these memories, the better to share Casey Neill's particular blend of personal and historical experience.” --- SPLENDID
Golden Oak
Golden Oak
GoldenOak is an Indie Soul-Folk band fronted by sibling duo Zak and Lena Kendall. Originally from the Sandy River Valley of Western Maine and now based in Portland, they began to write music and perform in 2014. GoldenOak released their first album, Pleasant St., in 2016 an album they co-wrote with cellist Seth Wegner. The full length album painted a landscape of the duo’s childhood and their experiences growing up and leaving home. The original album with beautiful instrumentation and voice solidified the band as ambassadors of the Maine Folk Scene and earned them praise such as a nomination as “one of Portland's most important upcoming bands” by Dispatch Magazine. Over the last two years, they shared the stage with many notable artists such as Lady Lamb, The Ghost of Paul Revere, and The Mallett Brothers Band. In October 2017, GoldenOak released Foxgloves, a 6 track EP that builds on Zak and Lena's folk roots with a remarkable orchestral approach and earthy sound. The band kicked off their Foxgloves release tour with a sold out show at Portland’s One Longfellow Square, and in December, Foxgloves was voted “EP of the Year” by the Portland Music Awards. Zak and Lena record and often tour with fellow musicians and band mates, Seth Wegner (cello), Max Eddington (piano), and Jackson Cromwell (percussion). Find out more at GoldenOakband.com.
Venue Information:
ONCE Lounge
156 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA, 02143