|VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Me And That Man|
|Written by Mark Ashby|
|Sunday, 15 January 2017 12:00|
Although we’re not quite sure which one he is, Me And That Man is a new project from that master of black metal known as Nergal… yes, the frontman of Behemoth. But, if you’re expecting his usual overblown theatrical BM beatdown, then think again, because the man christened Adam Darski has gone down the gothic noir route more favoured by the likes of Nick Cave, and drawing on his love of lyrical storytellers such as Johnny Cash, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen.
The project is a collaboration with a guy called John Porter, about whom I will admit to knowing nothing. ‘My Church Is Black’ is the first single to be taken from their forthcoming album, ‘Songs Of Love & Death’, which is set for release via Cooking Vinyl on 24 March. Nergal says of the song: “[it] is a strong declaration. With Me And That Man, I'm telling simple stories in a simple way, not overloaded with metaphors and hidden meanings. It's just got to be as natural, organic and stripped down as it can be."
Of course, to Behemoth fans, such as myself, this new venture will feel and sound vastly different to what Nergal is best known for, but as far as he is concerned, Me And That Man is “a necessary and vital a part” of his creative life: “a new way to express the same ideas of individualism, defiance and darkness”, as he goes on to explain:
"With Me And The Man, the songs just come out in a very organic way. One would be bluesy, one would be more of a ballad, but put together they all made sense. I need Me And That Man to keep the balance, as the potential of my mother band seems limitless. It gets bigger and bigger, more advanced and more sophisticated... and darker ...and blacker. But Me And That Man is at the opposite pole, artistically speaking. With all the best art, once you have it in you you have to release it, otherwise it becomes intoxicating and dangerous to your own system. This is how I deal with my emotions and my dark feelings and shadows. This is not happy music, but it's liberating."
"This is a side-project, but I don't really know what it's going to grow into," Nergal concludes. The idea was just to get this music out to people. There's no hidden agenda. It is what it is, and if you like it, it's cool. If you don't, that's cool too. This is the battle we've already won."
Me And That Man will play London's Jazz Cafe on Sunday 26 March. Tickets go on general sale at 10am tomorrow (Monday 16 January) HERE.
PHOTO CREDIT: Oskar Szramka