Mac DeMarco on Here Comes The Cowboy: ‘The record is not a country record’
Mac DeMarco has told all about his new record Here Comes The Cowboy which is released May 10th, to the NME where he has clarified the meaning behind the record and his upbringing.
During the interview which took place at Mac’s L.A. pad he said the name of the record comes from his love of the word cowboy rather than what the title suggests of a new musical direction. The 29-year-old revealed: “I just use ‘cowboy’ as slang with friends. Like when you say: ‘Hey cowboy!’, but where I grew up cowboys were a thing. There was the [Calgary] Stampede, and people did cowboy activities, and there were themed-bars. For the most part, those zones were geared towards people that I didn’t really want to interface with. Jocks who wanted to call me a profanity and kick my ass. So for a long time it had a very negative connotation for me.”
He continued: “For me, it’s funny and interesting to call something a cowboy record because immediately people jump to connotations,” he says. “There are a lot of things that come with that word, but the record is not a country record. It’s not really a cowboy record at all. I don’t know where that song ‘Here Comes The Cowboy’ comes from but I like it because I don’t know how it makes me feel. Is it funny? Is it strange and jarring? Maybe it’s both, somewhere in the middle. Who is this cowboy? Where the fuck is he coming from? What is he doing? I love that!”
He also explained his reasoning for the use of that gruesome mask “You ask yourself: ‘What is this?’, and that’s the kind of thing that interests me.” He then adds in his classic DeMarco sarcastic style “I’m just trying to create……the content that I’d like to engage with.”