Mac DeMarco says recording third album ‘Salad Days’ stopped him ‘being a little butthole’

'Salad Days' is featured in NME's albums of the year 2014

Mac DeMarco has opened up about recent album ‘Salad Days’, saying that the record was heavily influenced by the problems of touring and his subsequent attempts to “stop being a little butthole”.

Speaking in this week’s issue of NME, which is available on newsstands and digitally now, DeMarco talks about his latest record – which is featured in NME’s albums of the year 2014 list.

Discussing the change in tone between 2012 studio LP ‘2’ and this year’s offering, DeMarco cites touring as the main inspiration. “I didn’t have anything to be frustrated about before, but for this record it was ‘touring is pretty sweet, but it’s slowly killing me with all the alcohol and it’s pretty insane’,” he stated.

Continuing to explain how he translated these feelings into reasonably upbeat songs, the Canadian musician went on to say that it pushed him “out of the slump”. “This record’s purpose was to bring the spirits up. It did for me, take all this stuff you’re feeling and then pop yourself out of the slump,” he said. “When I’m complaining, it starts off like, ‘Oh boy, I’m tired’, but then halfway through the songs the chorus comes in like, ‘Shut up you little prick, you’re able to go round the world playing shows!’ I’m stopping myself being a little butthole.”

Salad Days was released on April 1, 2014 through Captured Tracks and features the singles ‘Passing Out Pieces’ and ‘Brother’.

The interview is one of a host of exclusive chats included in this week’s magazine, which features NME’s countdown of the albums and tracks of 2014.

It was revealed today (November 26) that St Vincent’s self-titled LP is NME’s album of the year, while Future Islands’ ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’ is the track of the year.

Meanwhile, Mac DeMarco concluded a UK tour last night with a sold-out show at London’s Forum.