Darkthrone's Fenriz is known for his music, his love of music, and being a part of black metal's extreme beginnings. In a recent interview with CLRVYNT, Fenriz discusses Darkthrone's upcoming album Arctic Thunder, getting back into the band's old rehearsal space, and hilariously being elected to his town's council.
As a citizen of Kolbotn, Norway (south of Oslo), Fenriz was asked to be on a list of backup representatives for his town's council. He was eventually chosen to run and put signs up for his campaign consisting of him holding his cat with the caption “Please don’t vote for me.” Naturally, people loved it, and here we are.
What is life like in Kolbotn these days?
Nowadays, I’m the neighbor that really takes care of the lawn. But now I’m in the local papers because I got voted in as a politician — involuntarily, I might add. So, I’ve got some support, I guess. But Kolbotn is a tiny place, maybe 9,000 people.
You got voted in involuntarily? Couldn’t you just decline the position?
No, if you get voted in, you have to stay in that position for four years. And then you can pull out. But I’m used to these sort of long-term commitments. [Laughs] Basically, they called and asked if I wanted to be on the list [of backup representatives]. I said yeah, thinking I would be like 18th on the list and I wouldn’t really have to do anything. They just need a list to be able to … well, it’s hard to talk local politics in another language. My campaign was a picture of me holding my cat saying, “Please don’t vote for me.” But people just went nuts. After the election, the boss called me and told me I was a representative. I wasn’t too pleased, and I’m not too pleased about it. It’s boring. There’s not a lot of money in that, either, I can tell you!
So, you’re on the town council, basically.
Yep, that’s it. I’m a local politician. But Norway is very small, so when you’re a local politician, you’re local, man. [Laughs] I’m a pillar of my community.
If anyone can obtain pictures of Fenriz's campaign signs, we'd be eternally grateful.
Update: We have found the cat photo.
Other than that, this is fucking hilarious to the highest degree. What's Fenriz's platform as a politician? When he signs his name on town documents, does he just scribble "fuck this" instead? How does he dress for meetings? WHERE ARE THE MINUTES FOR THESE MEETINGS?!
Alright, I'm getting too excited about this. I think I'm just going to go grim my day up a little with that new Darkthrone song.