Parks and Recreation protagonist Leslie Knope put her entire heart into being elected to public office, and she had to overcome many roadblocks to get it done. Inversely, Norwegian metal musician Fenriz, of the band Darkthrone, is a member of Kolbotn’s town council, even though he really doesn’t want to be.
According to Fenriz, it started when he agreed to be put on the ballot, thinking that he would just be on it to make sure the minimum number of candidates was reached: “They called and asked if I wanted to be on the list [of backup representatives],” he said (via FACT). “I said ‘yeah,’ thinking I would be like 18th on the list and I wouldn’t really have to do anything.”
From there, his platform was straightforward: He literally asked people to not vote for him, presenting this photo of him and his cat as his campaign poster:
Wouldn’t you know it, a cute cat wasn’t enough to discount Fenriz, a critical player in Norway’s metal scene since the ’80s, as a serious candidate, and he got elected. Now, Councilman Gylve Fenris Nagell must serve for four years before he’s allowed to resign. Still, he may not be called to action all that much, considering his role is that of a back-up.
“Basically, I have to step in when the usual people who go to the big meetings are sick or something,” he said. “Then I have to go sit there and feel stupid among the straight people. I’m a pillar of my community.”
Darkthrone is getting ready to release a new album, Arctic Thunder, in October, so check out “Tundra Leech” below, which is probably more brutal than the official song of your municipality.
Images: Gylve Fenris Nagell