The Norway Rats are some of the most regarded musicians in Portland’s music collective featuring various combinations of bassist Jesse Emerson (Amelia), guitarist Matt Brown (Storm Large), guitarist Chet Lyster (Eels), keyboardist Jenny Conlee-Drizos (Black Prairie, Decemberists) and drummer Joe Mengis (Priory). Casey Neill has left his impact on audiences while touring extensively with the band and in solo performance for more than a decade in the US, UK, and Japan.
“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