Mac DeMarco appears to be a king to the British teenagers, as they are the main reason for yet another sold out show. They represent the majority of the audience, and sitting directly in front of the stage, it is easy to see why DeMarco appeals to them so much. His nonchalant attitude towards shows, and also in his songs, have created an easygoing, laidback icon for many. ‘The Way You’d Love Her’, the first track from his new album, is used to kickstart the concert, and it reaches the top gear. DeMarco and his band are incredibly tight, and it becomes obvious that they tour an awful lot. The songs themselves manage to be different enough to the album versions, but at the same time are not too removed from the originals to be branded as unidentifiable.
Through their goofing and guffawing, DeMarco and his band treat the concert as a giant in-joke – however, there is no cliquishness, and it is one that the audience feel they are very much a part of. All of the songs from his new album (bar the last one) are played intermittently amongst the more popular of his older songs (‘Salad Days’, ‘Freaking Out The Neighbourhood’). The standout song is ‘Cooking Up Something Good’, which he teases with his neat guitar licks and general monkeying around.
The concert ends with DeMarco expertly crowdsurfing while his band play, now a tradition, ‘Still Together’, which at one point transforms into ‘Smoke On The Water’ and various other rock classics. Before diving into the welcoming crowd, he ties his shoes firmly, like an athlete preparing for his 1500m run, but his efforts go to waste as the crowd manages to get them off anyway. This is (hopefully not an annoyance to DeMarco, who is evidently used to it) a testimony as to how much he is adored by his fanbase.
An absolutely glorious mess, DeMarco’s efforts are reflected by the enthusiasm of his fans.