Return of the Mac


WITH his lineage, it was always likely that Mac DeMarco was destined for a career in music.

With an opera singer as a grandmother, a saxaphone-playing grandpa, a singing aunt, as well as a musician mum, music was always in his blood.

By the age of 14, he was already part of several bands and in 2008, upon graduating from high school, he moved to Vancouver to follow his dream,

That dream was becoming a multi-instrumentalist and a multimedia artist — something which now, he has clearly achieved.

There he launched his recording career in 2009, calling himself Makeout Videotrap.

In the period that followed he gained a word-of-mouth following before the release of his first album, Salad Days.

“As I’m getting older, chip up on my shoulder...” is the opening line from Mac DeMarco’s second full-length LP Salad Days, the follow up to 2012’s much-lauded Mac DeMarco 2.

Amongst that familiar croon and lilting guitar accompaniment, that initial line from the title track sets the tone for an LP of a maturing singer/songwriter/producer; someone strangely self-aware of the positives and negatives of their current situation, even at the ripe old age of 23.

The album was written and recorded around a relentless tour schedule (which continues beyond his visit to Glasgow).

Salad Days gives the listener a very personal insight into what it’s all about to be Mac amidst the craziness of a rising career in a very public format.

The tracks show Mac’s widening sound, whether insights into future directions or even just welcome one-off forays into new territory.

Still, this is musically, lyrically and melodically good old Mac DeMarco, through and through — the same crisp John Lennon/Phil Spector era homegrown production that could have walked out of Geoff Emerick’s mixing board in 1972, but with that peculiar Mac touch that’s completely of right now.

DeMarco’s early recordings included skits, slowed-down vocals and adventurous arrangements.

His style of music has been described as “blue wave”, “slacker rock” and “off-kilter pop,” and his live shows were often spectacles that included off-color jokes, nudity and lewd acts.

Now, you can see the newly-mature musician in the next stage of his career first hand on Tuesday.

His Glasgow gig has been moved from its original venue, Mono — however, all original tickets are still valid.

To book tickets for the gig at The Arches,(£10, with doors open at 7.30pm) visit or call 565 1000.