Sign up for our mailing list Real artists creating records on their own terms

Sign up for our mailing list


Sunday, June 12th, 2005

New interview with Neko Case just posted!

Interviews With Twang: Neko Case Not Your Typical Alt-Country Crooner

By J. Church

The stress and strain of being a professional musician is nothing to scoff at. Between traveling hundreds of miles to play late-night gigs, writing material, collaborating with other musicians who have conflicting schedules, and having a personal life, an artist must produce something tangible in order to keep the fan base and record company happy. “And it is difficult in that you better have serious stamina for being in that recording studio for however many months it is,” states Neko Case, reached by phone in the recording studio. The Twangfest artist is as busy as any musician, if not more so. Consequently, it has been over six months since she’s produced an entry for her official Web site.

In the mid-’90s, Case began playing drums in the punk rock bands Cub and Maow. Since the demise of the latter trio, she has averaged over one recording project per year. The alt-country singer/songwriter has released five solo albums and recorded with several other artists, including the Corn Sisters and The New Pornographers, whose third CD is slated for a 2005 release. Her last solo effort, The Tigers Have Spoken (Anti-, 2004), was a live venture. Case continues her musical evolution with another, yet-untitled, solo album.

“I actually just got [The New Pornographers album] in the mail the other day. We’re supposed to go out on tour in September, October, or so. You can’t put them out at the same time, because that could create a conflict of interests. We wouldn’t be able to go on tour. Obviously I can’t be in two places at once.”

Case generally controls all aspects of the recording process—including songwriting and instrumentation—except when it comes to production, a task she shares with co-producer Darryl Neudorf. “It’s weird; people think that if you did it along with someone else, you didn’t do any of it or something,” notes Case. “You know, it’s weird the way the politics of that kind of stuff works. You could just handle this job by yourself, but he, as the engineer, has a lot of input on how it sounds. That’s production.”

Differentiating herself from the conventional country crooner (you know the one: that long-haired Madonna figure with a wimpy voice), Case belts with forceful aggression. The early punk contribution shimmers under the surface. Reflecting on the early influence, she surmises, “I don’t know if I really feel any less aggression, to be honest with you.”

The new product, considered to be a “North American record” by Case, possibly won’t be completed until “next springish.” Why the postponement? “Deadlines get moved a lot. You can’t really tell what’s going to happen, if you’re gonna have more ideas or if there’s going to be technical problem in the studio. Like, a while ago, we had the city turn the power off for the entire block. And when they turned it back on, they didn’t ground it, so it was just freestanding electricity… We were without the studio for about a week.”

When asked about her expectations for this year‘s Twangfest, Case affirms the indications of her fatigue. “You know, honestly, I’ve been in the studio, and only in the studio. I haven’t even thought about going on tour. I’m so excited, I can’t wait to get out of here.” A short tour will take Case and her band to Arizona, Texas, and Indiana. “We’re going to head out to the [bass player’s] family farm and going to the church picnic. Which I’m really excited about, because I want some pie from Indiana.”

href="" target="_blank">

Facebook | Twitter

Browse by Artist

1788All Artists 97Tom Waits 71Mavis Staples 57Neko Case 51Lost In The Trees 50Sean Rowe 48Dr. Dog 45The Milk Carton Kids
41Jolie Holland 40Bettye LaVette 37Man Man 35Tinariwen 33Son Little 33DeVotchKa 33Tim Fite 31Grinderman 31Islands 28Saintseneca 27Wilco 27Galactic 24Michael Franti and Spe... 24Glen Hansard 22Bob Mould 22Doe Paoro 22William Elliott Whitmo... 21The Frames 21Nick Cave & The Bad Se... 20Christopher Paul Stell... 20Joe Henry 20Andy Shauf 19Sage Francis 19Booker T. Jones 18Gary V 18Delicate Steve 18Deafheaven 17Yann Tiersen 17John K. Samson 16Xenia Rubinos 16Ramblin Jack Elliott 16The Drums 16Jason Lytle 15The Antlers 15Cass McCombs 14Calexico 14Daniel Lanois 13The Dream Syndicate 13Billy Bragg 12Xavier Rudd 12Peter Silberman 11Lyrics Born 11Yves Jarvis 11Mose Allison 11Roky Erickson 11Ryan Pollie 11The Weakerthans 11Rain Machine 10Jeremy Ivey 10The Swell Season 10The Melodic 10Jade Jackson 10So Much Light 9N.A.S.A. 9Cameron Avery 9Marianne Faithfull 8Greg Graffin 8Solillaquists of Sound 8The Coup 8Cadence Weapon 7Japandroids 7Beth Orton 7Wynonna 7Elliott Smith 7Girlpool 7Dead Man's Bones 7Richard Reed Parry 7Kelly Hogan 7Eddie Izzard 7Alec Ounsworth 7Title Fight 7Ben Harper and Charlie... 6Kate Bush 6Os Mutantes 6Hey, King! 6Boy Scouts 6A Girl Called Eddy 6Deradoorian 6Ben Harper 6Busdriver 6Broken Twin 6M. Ward 6Rafiq Bhatia 5Foxwarren 5Keaton Henson 5Darrin Bradbury 5One Day As A Lion 5Combo Chimbita 5Beat Connection 5Lido Pimienta 5The Field 5Glitterer 5Josiah Johnson 4The Good Ones 4Curtis Harding 4Marketa Irglova 4Pops Staples 4Purr 4Ersi Arvizu 3Walter Wolfman Washing... 3Danny Cohen 3Mothers 3Petra Haden 3Sierra Leones Refugee... 3Danny Elfman 3Marc Ribot 2Various Artists: RANGO 2Jeff Tweedy 2Christian Lee Hutson 2Half Waif 1ANTI- Records 1Tricky 1Simian Mobile Disco 1The Locust 1case/lang/veirs 1Fleet Foxes 1Madi Diaz 1Antibalas 1Porter Wagoner 1Various Artists: ROGUE... 1Youth Group 1Kronos Quartet with Br... 1Rogue's Gallery 1Merle Haggard 1Alfa Mist 1Blackalicious 1Joe Strummer And The M...
See Full List+