“Bad Luck” was recorded under surreal circumstances befitting its title. While Case had written the lyrics long ago, she cut the song in Stockholm hours after receiving a 3 a.m. phone call in which she learned that her house had caught fire and would likely burn down.
Over galloping drums and snappy guitar, Case delivers a vocal performance injected with a twinge of sorrow, but also a somewhat playful existential shrug. “So I died and went to work,” Case sings, “It’s not as bad as I thought it would be/ But it’s still pretty bad luck.”
Hell-On marks Case’s first solo album since 2013’s The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You. In 2016 she teamed with k.d. lang and Laura Veirs for a collaborative record, Case/lang/veirs, and last year the New Pornographers released their latest LP, Whiteout Conditions.
Case will embark on a North American tour in support of Hell-On this spring. She’s set to perform at Sasquatch Festival May 28th, after which she’ll link up with Ray LaMontagne for a run that starts May 28th in Boise, Idaho and wraps July 10th at Red Rocks in Morrison, Colorado.