New Release: Neko Case – Bad Luck

Neko Case recently announced that on June 1st, she will release her new album Hell-On. Her first album in five years; it’s an indelible collection of colourful, enigmatic storytelling that features some of her most daring arrangements to date

Today she has shared new single Bad Luck, along with two UK shows in November, including a date at London’s Barbican

Take a listen to the track below…

While recording Hell-On — and with the finish line in sight —Neko Case received a surreal 3am call informing her that her house was burning and would likely be completely destroyed. The fire had started in the barn, where she kept an assortment of belongings, from artwork to old pianos. A friend had managed to get the dogs to safety. After the flames jumped to the house, her home was engulfed, too.

A few hours later, she went into a studio in Stockholm and laid down the vocals for the galloping, resilient Bad Luck, singing lines she had written long ago that were now more apropos than ever: “It’s not as bad as I thought it would be / but it’s still pretty bad luck”

Case is now stoic about the fire. “If somebody burned your house down on purpose, you’d feel so violated. But when nature burns your house down, you can’t take it personally.” The month before the blaze, Hurricane Harvey had slammed into Texas and flooded Houston. Her home burned just as Puerto Rico was plunged into a nightmare by Hurricane Maria and wildfires incinerated California. “In the big picture, my house burning was so unimportant,” she says. “So many people lost so much more: lives and lives and lives”

UK live dates as follows…

Nov 7 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Nov 8 – London, Barbican