Concert preview: Meg Myers brings her bloodletting live show to the Basement

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Nashville-born, Los Angeles-based Meg Myers, who arrives here in advance of her debut studio album Sorry, refuses to hold back onstage. Her concerts, at times, can double as exorcisms, with the big-voiced singer howling about heartbreak, regret and even murder (“I want to kill you/ I want to lay you in the ground,” she confesses amid the bloodletting of “Desire”). The music is similarly cathartic, often erupting in swollen choruses that sound engineered for modern rock radio domination.

In an August 2014 Alive interview, Myers spoke about her mentally exhausting live shows, and the challenges of entering that raw-nerve headspace every night on tour.

“It’s been a little bit of a struggle, because the live shows are so intense. I don’t want to go out and just play. I want to feel so much when I’m playing. I want to give. Otherwise why am I out there?” she said. “But it’s a little hard sometimes. When I write the songs, it feels so good to get it out and say what I want to say. But then to go out and perform it, night after night, it’s kind of hard sometimes. It’s like, oh, fuck, I have to go to that place right now, and that’s not where I want to go. ‘I had a good day. I had ice cream. And now I have to go take a shot and try to get in that place.’”

Photo by Darren Ankenman

The Basement

7 p.m. Monday, May 18

391 Neil Ave., Arena District