“When I hit the stage the nerves go away, but when I leave…” Meg Myers said as she mimed the act of vomiting. She sat in front of my camera, held into a strappy black shirt by gaffers tape, looking like the most confident human. I’ve seen her perform in the past, as well as that night, and when Myers takes the stage, she transforms into a creature of the night, clawing and howling throughout her set. This transformation is seemingly an out of body experience where she just lets everything that’s trapped inside her flow out of her body.
Monday night, Myers’ creature alter ego came out at the Music Hall of Williamsburg as part of her Take Me To The Disco fall tour. This newest release from Myers is on a whole other level of dark and emotional. These songs bring attention to how twisted love, lust and life can be and her poetically written lyrics make my heart hurt.
She started the set off with a reserved but powerful performance of “Jealous Sea” and throughout the night her creature transformation took place as her body was fully convulsing on the floor by the time she sang “Little Black Death.”
The first song of her encore, “Constant,” is the most mellow song off her newest album, and that night was the first time she played it live on this tour. She sat on the stage, sans band, sitting on a stool and resting an electric guitar on her knee. The crowd was so quiet you could hear their breaths in between Myers’ singing.
The opening line of “Constant” is: Some days, I pretend that everything is fine/Right now, I feel crazy and my words won’t come out. As she sang this, I saw a bit of that vulnerability in Myers that I witnessed backstage. I could see as she sang every song that night, that this is her therapy. All the darkness that she’s gone through in life she lets run free on that stage. And we all get to witness the beauty that comes with it.
Full Set List:
Death of Me
Take Me to the Disco
Tear Me to Pieces
I’m Not Sorry
Little Black Death
Article: Merissa Blitz