Mac deMarco *please note change of venue*




“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 lauded Mac DeMarco 2. Amongst that familiar croon and lilting guitar, 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 at the ripe old age of 23.
Written and recorded around a relentless touring schedule, 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 lead single, “Passing Out Pieces,” set to huge overdriven organ chords, contains lines like “…never been reluctant to share, passing out pieces of me…” Clearly, this isn’t the same record that breezily gave us “Dreamin” and “Ode to Viceroy,” but the result of what comes from their success. “Chamber of Reflection,” a track featuring icy synth stabs and soulful crooning, wouldn’t be out of place on a fantasy Shuggie Otis and Prince collaboration. Standout tracks like these 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 crisp John Lennon/Phil Spector era homegrown lush production that could have come off Geoff Emerick’s mixing board in 1972 with that peculiar Mac touch that’s completely right now is still present. “Brother,” a complete future classic, is Mac at his most soulful and easygoing but with that distinct weirdness and bite that can only come from Mr. DeMarco. “Treat Her Better” is rife with Mac-isms, heavily chorused slinky lead guitar, swooning vocal melodies, effortless chords that come along only after years of effort, and the other elements seriously lacking in independent music: sentiment and heartfelt sincerity.
We’re only in Part 2 1/2 (one EP and two LP’s in) of Mac’s career. As you read this and as you hear the album on April Fool’s Day of this year, he’ll probably be on tour, or preparing for one… or maybe already writing new music. A relentless work ethic is something to be admired in today’s indie music scene, but when it’s of the quality Mac is giving us time and time again, it starts to turn from admiration to awe.

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Please note this show has now been moved to The Arches, original tickets are valid.

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Arches (Argyle Street Entrance)

253 Argyle Street
United Kingdom
G2 8DL

Venue Details

SUN 4 DEC 2016
The Lemon Twigs
Nice N Sleazy, GlasgowDoors 7.30pm£7.50
A Giant Dog
Hug & Pint, GlasgowDoors 7:30pm£7.50
MON 5 DEC 2016
PWR BTTM + The Spook school
Hug & Pint, GlasgowDoors 7.30pmSOLD OUT
TUE 6 DEC 2016
The Burning Hell
plus Bodyheat
Hug & Pint, Glasgow7.30 p.m.£9.00
THU 8 DEC 2016
Hug & Pint, GlasgowDoors 7:30pm£6.00
FRI 9 DEC 2016
Dr. John Cooper Clarke & Hugh Cornwell
O2 ABC 1, Glasgow7.00 p.m£24.50
Kathryn Joseph
Mono, GlasgowDoors 7.30pm£11.00
+ Support
Hug & Pint, GlasgowDoors 7.30pm£7.00
SAT 10 DEC 2016 - TUE 27 SEP 2016
Beardyman * note venue change*
Stereo, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£19.00
FRI 16 DEC 2016
Roddy Woomble's Christmas Hootenanny
Teviot Debating Hall, EdinburghDoors 7.30pmSold Out
SAT 17 DEC 2016
De Rosa: Ten Years of 'Mend'
CCA, GlasgowDoors 7.30pm£10.00
SAT 31 DEC 2016
NYE at The Art School
The Art School, Glasgow10.00 p.m.£26.50/£30
TUE 24 JAN 2017
Beach Slang *rescheduled from Monday 7th Nov
Mono, Glasgow7.30 p.m.£12.00
SAT 28 JAN 2017
The National Whisky Festival of Scotland 2017
SWG3, Glasgow12pm / 4.00pm£35.00
SUN 5 FEB 2017
Big Thief
The Mash House, EdinburghDoors 7.30pm£10.50
FRI 24 FEB 2017
Stereo, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£9.50
FRI 10 MAR 2017
Electric Circus, EdinburghDoors 7pm£10.00
THU 16 MAR 2017
Factory Floor
In Quadrophonic Sound
SWG3, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£13.00
FRI 17 MAR 2017
Cloud Nothings
Stereo, GlasgowDoors 7.00pm£10.00
MON 20 MAR 2017
Ben Haenow
Drygate, GlasgowDoors 7:30pm£12.50
TUE 28 MAR 2017
Hug & Pint, GlasgowDoors 7.30pm£7.50
WED 5 APR 2017
Manu Delgado Handmade
Hug & Pint, GlasgowDoors 7.30pm£10.00