It’s Mac season. Fresh off the back of 3 nights at London’s Coronet Theatre, the Pepperoni Playboy rolled up for a sellout at Rock City – his first Nottingham gig. He swaggers out to the gorgeous ‘On The Level’ with that famous gap-toothed smile, lolloping about the stage and conducting the massed crowd. All jazzy synths and garage heart, he mostly alternates between pensive new material from This Old Dog and setting off the room with 2′s slacker anthems. ‘Stars Keep On Calling My Name’ is the first to erupt the 2,400 in Rock City, all frantic pushing and often getting swept over the front into the arms of security. No one channels nonchalance like DeMarco; effortless is his brand and he’s been working it well for years.
Towards the end Mac and his team devolve into a cover band, idling through AC/DC, Van Halen, Chilli Peppers etc etc. It’s well established that Mac colours outside the lines – this is a guy who shoves drum sticks up his arse onstage. Everything’s easy-breezy and the crowd lap it up, but it’s a huge chunk of time not playing hits. With Mac it’s all one big joke, but that’s kinda the point, and at least it’s a good one.
Words and photos by Ethan Weatherby.