Role Models: Neko Case

(This article appears in our September/October issue. Subscribe here.) Indie-rock siren Neko Case is back with the The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (stream the album here). We talked with her about writing songs while dish washing, covering the other Nico, and learning how not to get screwed by the music biz. Darkness visible This record is really weird for me because I wrote it from my own perspective, where normally I’m trying to write stories about other people. During the 2000’s I lost a lot of family members and I never stopped to mourn the dead and it kind of caught up with me. So basically I went into a kind of grieving depression for a few years around 2010 and I fought it for a long time but then finally I just had to go, “Okay, you gotta be sad.” And when I came out on the other side and was ready to put songs down on record, I didn’t really recognize the person who had written them. “Nearly Midnight, Honolulu” The song is a verbatim conversation [I overheard] between a mother and daughter and it was…

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