Introducing: Mac DeMarco
Brooklyn based Mac DeMarco needs no real introduction.
The super-talented Canadian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer – born Vernor Winfield McBriare Smith IV, until his mother changed his name to McBriare Samuel Lanyon DeMarco aged 5 – has been churning out his unique brand of jazzy indie rock since 2008.
First with jock rock band, The Meat Cleavers, then with the R&B group Sound Of Love, before he struck out on his own under the name Makeout Videotape creating surf rock tapes including self-produced album, Heat Wave. He later enlisted additional band-mates, Alex Calder and Jen Clement and toured locally.
It wasn’t until 2012, when Mac signed to Brooklyn label Captured Tracks and released his first full length album 2, that he really gained recognition. 2014’s Salad Days continued to sky rocket his unique blend of hazy psychedelic indie rock, jangley guitars and eccentric live show into the wider world.
From his often unkempt appearance, filthy jokes and a penchant for stripping off on stage, fans have gotten used to the raucous and eccentric live shows. A contrast complemented by his friendly gap-tooth smile and endearingly pleasant psychedelic tunes.
His easy-going persona, tongue and cheek stage presence and his ability to act like a complete goofball, all while playing fuzzy guitar riffs and singing about love – mostly centered around long term girlfriend and college sweetheart Kiera McNally – who he lives with in Brooklyn, make it easy to see how he’s gained such popularity.
Mac DeMarco tour dates 2017
Mac will bring his rock n’ roll back to the UK next May following sold out gigs throughout 2015/16.
Playing his biggest shows to date, at Brixton Academy, Mac and co added a second night at the venue following high demand. Tickets are still available via Seatwave.
The current band line up consists of Joe McMurray on drums, Andrew Charles White on guitar & keyboards, Jon Lent on keyboards and Rory McCarthy on bass.
- The O2 Academy, Brixton (30)
- The O2 Academy, Brixton (31)
Watch Mac DeMarco’s video for 2013’s My Kind Of Woman below: