It’s always good to see something really bizarre find a palatable home yet retain most of its weirdness. Personally, I really struggled with the whole left-field 80’s inspired lo-fi pop of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti or Blank Dogs. Although Mac Demarco continues this trend of weird saccharin pop I wouldn’t directly lump him in with the likes of Ariel Pink, instead of their whole art school vibe Mac delivers his foray into pop’s gratifying depths with a healthy dose of wit and charm, you know to help the sugar go down.
This really is where his talent lies, where most bands would crumble under the weight of such unusual influences Mac powers through. How does Mac Demarco wade through this mire of uncool? Simply through immaculate taste, an immaculate taste in crap.
The Brude was full to the brim by the time the band took to stage and they didn’t mess around getting started. I am no sound man but I imagine it’s quite difficult to get a sound like their’s right. That weedy guitar sound that stands out so well on recordings was a little washed out by the other instruments. It seemed to ease into the rest of the music, giving them more of a lo-fi punk feel. Everything was a little bit more manic, a little bit looser. This however really didn’t feel like a problem, they sound different but not worse.
An awful amount of bands out there spend a disproportionate amount of time trying to convince us that they are just a group of mates. A gang that if we give a small amount of cash to we can be part of for around forty to sixty minutes at a time. This is usually pretty unconvincing, it turns out it’s quite a difficult thing to do, which is why it’s refreshing to see such a convincing bunch. They appear effortlessly in tune with each other, I don’t think I have ever laughed so much at a gig in my life. They kept breaking down into in jokes in between songs; veering of at the end of the penultimate song into a ridiculous medley of covers that included songs from Limp Bizkit and Metallica.
There is a real honesty within Mac’s music, it may be loosely hidden behind humour but it shines through both lyrically and in the live performance.