The always delightful Neko Case announced details of her new album today, which she's calling The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You. But while the title might take a page from the Fiona Apple playbook, the first single is simply called "Man." And, man, is it a good one.
The song is a charging rocker that ditches a lot of her twangy pasts in favor of man about town M.Ward's guitar playing. She's also abandoned the forlorn lovey-dovey nature of her past subjects and declares from the onset "I'm a man/that's what you raised me to be/I'm not your identity crisis." It's a much more direct sentiment than we're used to from Case and we're certain that towards the end, when she passionately sings about "dipshit drunks" and that she's the man "in the fucking moon," it's flat-out awesome.
The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You is the follow up to Case's critically acclaimed 2009 album, Middle Cyclone. In gearing up for the release of Harder, she'll be playing a host of festivals this summer and fall, including The Onion's AV Fest in Chicago on September 6, Musicfest NW in Portland, Oregon on September 8 and Austin City Limits in October on October 4 and 11.
The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You is out September 3 on Anti.