It’s been a busy week for lo-fi rocker Mac Demarco. First he stopped by a wet and rainy Stonehenge, and then the band rocked Glastonbury with one of the funniest sets of the weekend. On Monday night he ditched the muddy wastelands of Worthy Farm for London’s Electric Brixton – here’s what happened. Ah Mac, there’s nobody quite like you.
Any punters concerned Mac wouldn’t have his normal energy after Glastonbury needn’t have worried. “Fuck that shit,” he said of the Pilton festival. “This is much better.” He then launched into fan favourite ‘Salad Days’.
Guitarist Andy White was on fine form as per usual. He took the lead on a cover of ‘I’m Henry the VIII, I Am’ by 60’s beat band Herman’s Hermits. White’s frequent guitar freak-outs showcased his impressive technical ability too.
The sweaty, beer-soaked set included classic Mac tunes like ‘Brother’ and ‘The Way You Love Her’ – as well as old favourites ‘My Kind Of Woman’ and ‘Ode To Viceroy’. There was even room for an energetic cover of bluesy Steely Dan number ‘Reelin’ In The Years’.
Decked out in his trademark look of baggy T-shirt, comfy trousers and that iconic cap, Mac also seemed concerned for the welfare of the crowd. He asked the audience to all take a couple of steps back so no one got “smushed”.
A cover of ‘I Love Candy’ (retitled ‘I Love Andy’ in honour of their guitarist) by ’80s new wavers Bow Wow Wow stirred the crowd into a frenzy.
Mac has some pretty outlandish moves in his locker, that’s for sure. He wasn’t shy about busting them out either. The standout routine has to be a crouching crab position he adopted during ‘Still Together’ – waving his behind at the crowd.
Even when the keyboard broke in between ‘Freakin’ Out The Neighbourhood’ and ‘Chamber Of Reflection’ the spell wasn’t broken. Mac kept everyone entertained with kooky stories, including one bizarre tale involving the Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash.
Mac finished everything off with his customary crowdsurf, staying aloft for almost 20 minutes. By the time Demarco returned to the stage he’d been almost to the bar and back. “Interesting surf”, he remarked.