Shampoo Boy recorded live at NK, Berlin, in Spring 2015.
On April 24 last year, Blackest Ever Black hosted a concert at the NK performance space in Berlin (home also to the BEB office, such as it is). It was a release show for Shampoo Boy – the trio of Peter Rehberg (Editions Mego, Pita, KTL – electronics), Christina Nemec (Chra, Comfortzone – bass) and Christian Schachinger (guitar) – and their album Crack (BLACKEST039), a powerful marriage of extreme electroacoustic music, luminous ambience and the mineral fundaments of rock and black metal.
It was an exhilarating, commanding performance, preserved via desk recording. Support came from Tarcar and Silvia Kastel.
A month later, NK was closed permanently to the public due to circumstances beyond its operators’ control. This cassette release, then, serves not only as a document of a superlative live performance from three musicians at the height of their powers, but also a tribute to the venue, which in its lifetime played host to many memorable shows and important artists, and is now sorely missed. The neighbouring kneipe, meanwhile, Harzer Ecke Elsen, is presumably immortal.