Victor Krummenacher (Camper Van Beethoven), Casey Neill & The Norway Rats (PDX) + New American Farmers
3101 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA, 94705
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 1:00 AM)
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Victor Krummenacher is an American musician and bass guitarist who is a founding member of alternative rock band Camper Van Beethoven. He also helped form CVB offshoots Monks of Doom and Camper Van Chadbourne and has pursued a solo career as a singer-songwriter. As a recording artist, Krummenacher has been active for more than 20 years and has appeared with numerous projects including Cracker, Fifth Business and A Great Laugh. His latest musical project is McCabe and Mrs. Miller, a new band with Alison Faith Levy, formed in 2008.
Casey Neill & The Norway Rats
Following the critical acclaim of Goodbye to the Rank and File, the newest album from Casey Neill & the Norway Rats All You Pretty Vandals embraces a melodic post-punk ideal while expanding on the band's signature sound. "I wanted the music to be unhinged and immediate," Casey Neill says, "I absolutely think we did that. The sound is high-energy and anthemic with some punkier parts and some lush sweet spots." The subject matter of the songs range from self-saboteurs (the title track), '70s New York underground culture ("She Came Alive"), a dark-pop adaptation of a Reverend Gary Davis composition ("Vanish Away"), Portland rock history ("My Little Dark Rose") to a few love songs. With producer Chris Funk overseeing the project, the entire band recorded the basic tracks live in the studio to infuse an immediacy into the music, then the songs were layered with strings, horns, and guest vocalists. All You Pretty Vandals is eleven originals with distinct narratives alongside gritty lyrical and instrumental hooks which marks the next chapter for Casey Neill & The Norway Rats.
For over a decade Casey Neill has performed throughout the US, Europe, and Japan averaging over a hundred shows a year. He is a sought after side player who has worked as a member of The Minus Five and guitarist for master traditional Celtic fiddlers such as Kevin Burke, Martin Hayes, and Johnny Cunningham. Irish supergroup Solas recorded Casey's original song "Lowground" on their albums Waiting for an Echo and Reunion. In the mid-90s in Olympia, Washington, Casey self-released his first record called Riffraff that earned a cult fan base in underground punk circles. In 1997, he inked a three record deal with the acoustic label Appleseed and was featured on their tribute to Pete Seeger along with Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg, and Bonnie Raitt. A compilation of his material entitled Memory Against Forgetting was released by Amy Ray's Daemon imprint in 2005. Following a few years of residence in New York City, Casey moved back to Portland and its thriving music community. The Norway Rats formed in 2007 to tour behind his album Brooklyn Bridge (In Music We Trust label), followed by Goodbye to the Rank and File in 2010. Casey was hired by New York's Mabou Mines Theater Company to perform and compose for their new work 'Landscapes' at PS122 last year. He maintains a rigorous tour schedule performing with the Norway Rats and solo.
New American Farmers
Mars, Arizona, like many other American towns, has vanished, forced to shut down it's community due to lack of funds. Some blame the economy, some blame the state of the music business. Like the American Farmer, it just became too expensive to run the family business any longer and the town was auctioned off to an unnamed entity. This led to relocation and name change for the band known as Mars Arizona. Thus, "New American Farmers" was born. Like their namesakes, the Duo will have to learn how to survive by embracing new sustainable approaches to music production and delivery. They hope to renew Spirits, enhance environmental stewardship and improve the lives of their families as well as their community. No more cross country tours in gas guzzling vehicles or airplanes. New approaches to fan outreach will have to be developed. Stay tuned for a new chapter in the musical history of Nicole Storto and Winston Smith.
$6.00 - $8.00
Advanced Tickets are available online until 5pm on the day of the show and a reserve of tickets are generally available at the door that night, unless posted on the Starry Plough website, Facebook and Twitter pages as sold out. http://www.starryploughpub.com