Mac DeMarco has won a legion of fans around the world by making goofing off into a pure artform, and despite the absence of long-time bassist Pierce McGarry egging him on, his set on the John Peel set on Sunday evening was no different. He ran through a fast-paced set that opened with ‘The Way You’d Love Her’ and included a cover of Steely Dan’s ‘Reelin’ In The Years’ and early track ‘My Kind Of Woman’ before perennial set-closer ‘Still Together’, but there was still plenty of time to play the fool:
1) Mac emerged onstage wearing a full waterproof outfit that the band apparently picked up during a stop over in Frome. He claimed they’d promised to prove just how waterproof the suits are, which new tour bassist Rory McCarthy quickly proved by opening a full can of beer down his front. Mac then opened the coat to reveals his perfectly dry bare chest: “Totally waterproof!”
2) “We got into a little fender bender on the way to Glastonbury,” revealed Mac, “but it’s cool, nobody got hurt and we’re here to play for you.” It was left to guitarist Andy White to fill in the details: “That’s the value of insurance, nobody has to be at fault… but honestly it was Terry’s fault, the other driver.”
3) The sheer audacity of Mac, Andy and Rory all playing their instruments behind their heads during that ‘Reelin’ In The Years’ cover.
4) The list of celebrity guests they announced would be joining them for tonight’s extra show at The Crow’s Nest – “and we don’t mean musicians, we mean Hollywood stars”: Leonardo DiCaprio, Julianne Moore, Daniel Craig, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne…
5) During ‘Still Together’ Mac did his customary crowd-surf, which included dousing himself and the audience in beer and cider provided by nearby hands. Arriving back onstage for the finale, he stood beaming, now stripped to just his Frome-bought trousers: “See… absolutely waterproof!”
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