Casey Neill and The Norway Rats

Pearl Street Warehouse Presents

Casey Neill and The Norway Rats

Sun · April 1, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:15 pm


This event is 21 and over

This show is G.A.

Seating is limited and first come first serve.

Tables are meant to be shared.

Casey Neill and The Norway Rats
Casey Neill and The Norway Rats
The music of Casey Neill & The Norway Rats combines high energy indie rock rave-ups and haunting acoustic reveries built around melodic narrative songwriting. A new CD/LP Subterrene is out in March of 2018 with songs co-written and produced by Norway Rats guitar player Chet Lyster (also of Eels). 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 clocked countless road miles.

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.


“…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

"The music itself is almost shockingly accomplished. Neill is a talented vocalist and his moody voice suits the feel of the songs perfectly, while the rest of the band fit together to make up the refined roots sound. In theme, this is an album that touches on love, loss, life and bitter defeat, all viewed through a distinctly Northwest American eye. The song writing belongs up with the classics of this or any genre." - Jenna Cosgrove, THE PUNK SITE
"When the day is young, everything seems possible; the next waking hours can become anything you want them to be. Casey Neill’s newest album, Goodbye to the Rank and File, is very much like that thought. It’s just bloody good, the storytelling, the diverse influences, the delivery, it all comes together to box your ears, but oh, you’ll like the bruises. Lyrically, this is the best album I’ve heard in a very long time, musically it is almost as good, Casey Neill has hit a grand slam with this album." - Aaron Binder, WORDBIRD
“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
Venue Information:
Pearl Street Warehouse
33 Pearl St SW
Washington, DC, 20024