“How many of the people here actually have as much money as they pretend to have right now?” I asked.
“I dunno, not many” Mac responded.
It’s around 10:15 on Friday night in Montauk, New York. The End of the World as some refers to the end point of Long Island. We’re sitting around drinking Illegal Mezcal surrounded by the millennial offspring of NYC’s 1% populace who flood the area for the first night of the holiday weekend. They’re just celebrating the unofficial start of summer like the rest of us. The difference between them and us is, we’re way more fun. Things are especially fun when you’re hanging out with someone with the personality like Mac DeMarco.
The Pancakes & Whiskey crew is sitting around the lounge couches with Mac DeMarco, his girlfriend, and our friend at Illegal Mezcal talking random shenanigans and listening to Mac practice his various accents and telling stories of how in another world Billy Joel was his papa and other random shenanigans. As part of the beginning of summer P&W teamed up with The Surf Lodge in Montauk to throw the first of many summertime concerts at the popular Hamptons venue/club for summer 2015, presenting Mac DeMarco, one of indie rock’s fasting rising stars.
Mac’s style of slacker rock or as he’s referred to it in the past as “Jizz Jazz,” has earned him a strong following in the indie rock community. Maybe it’s his relatable lyrical content, maybe it’s his style of playing, which mixes the fundamental Beatle-esque chord progressions with fresh and obscure guitar tones, or maybe it’s just his easy going, and slapstick-friendly attitude that draws music fans to him. Whatever it may be, it seemed to work like magic to the packed venue full of socially obsessive millennials who seemed to forget what designer they were wearing for an hour, and focus on the singer-songwriter on stage lighting cigarette after cigarette in between songs.
During his just under an hour set, Mac and his lone electric guitar serenaded the crowd with songs from Salad Days and 2, a pair of albums that have quickly taken the Canadian singer-songwriter from the local Canadian club circuit to headlining shows across the U.S. and Europe. His simple, yet professional and artistic demeanor shouldn’t be overlooked, as his solo versions of “Salad Days” and “Let Her Go” showcased an artist who can make his songs come alive in their simplest forms, with a little help of his friends of course. It was towards the end of his set where his standard crowd surf turned into an areal tour around the venue, as his will to keep going kept the audience willing to push forward with him. As his crowd surf continued, one could really think that only Mac could pull off something like this. Just another weekend at The End of the World.
Article: Tom Shackelford
Photos: Lesley Keller