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Review: Mac DeMarco at The Roundhouse 09/09/15

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.

5/5

Joey Zero

Review: Another One

Mac DeMarco has proven himself again, with his new album ‘Another One’. Having spent two years on his previous album and only a year on this, the bargain seems to have paid off. This album sees a shift towards his self-coined ‘Mac piano’ and less love for his guitar work, which works well within the context of his new melancholic melodies. His newfound jingles are based primarily on his longing lyrics and hazy keyboard work, but his guitar solos remain fresh and prominent – this time Grateful Dead inspired.

Everyone can relate to Mac DeMarco’s songs – who hasn’t found or lost love at some point in life? This kind of empathy shines through on every track (except the last, where he bravely invites listeners to his own home), and creates an atmosphere everyone can warm to. The charming simplicity of lines such as ‘will she love me again tomorrow?’ compliments his complex mixolydian guitar solos (to quote the man himself), while not branching out too much from his normal self. However, the Mac DeMarco path is slowly becoming all-too familiar, even if this time it’s the scenic route.

Admittedly the lesser of its predecessor ‘Salad Days’, it instantly proves itself to be the tender-but-not-too-sentimental album from Mac that we had all been hoping for.

8.5/10

Joey Zero