and Me And That Man
BLACK METAL OUTLAW AND HIS OTHER BLOKE GRAB A FISTFUL OF KS AT DEBUT SHOW
■ TONIGHT IS an evening of firsts. It’s the first time that me and That man have ever played a show. It’s the first time that Nergal – better known for his day job as the unstoppable frontman of Satanic black metal monsters, Behemoth – has ever performed at Camden’s Jazz Café. It’s also the first time that he’s ever stood in front of a sold-out crowd and belted out a cover of Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer (‘Qu’est-ce que c’est!’ he booms, surreally, beaming from ear to ear).you certainly wouldn’t get that at a Behemoth show. But this isn’t a Behemoth show.their debut album, the 4K-rated Songs of love and Death, is barely two days old, and yet fans eagerly croon along with preacher man Nergal and his new partner in crime, singer/ guitarist, John Porter.
The pair prowl expertly through a bleak, desert-like soundscape of bluesy riffs and country rhythms, regaling the crowd with songs about death, Christ, vampires and voodoo – all the while channelling the deepest blacks of Johnny Cash, Nick Cave and Tom Petty.
ain’t much loving broods and builds, pounding away so intensely you can almost see the chain gang breaking rocks, while love & Death offers a more energetic approach to the macabre proceedings. watching the dynamic between Nergal and John, you’d be forgiven for thinking this pair of outlaws had been playing together for a lifetime.“not fucking bad for a first show!” yells Nergal, shattering any illusions with his understated parting declaration.
Tonight may indeed be an evening of firsts. But we get the distinct feeling this won’t be the last time me and That man ride into town as outlaws and leave, coats flapping in the wind, as everyone’s favourite anti-heroes.