Mac DeMarco’s jovial, fun-loving persona has clearly struck a chord with many adoring fans across the globe and plays a large part in creating his own USP. Despite reaching international fame with release of 2014’s Salad Days, refreshingly, DeMarco strikes the figure of a man who does not take himself seriously and is perfectly comfortable in his own skin. Whilst this was important for the audience to digest to prevent any prospective chin stroking and deliberation, DeMarco’s uncompromising performance style was equally unique as it was enjoyable.
Opening with ‘On the Level’ and ‘Salad Days’, much of Demarco’s appeal is parcelled into very palatable melodic choruses in songs that rarely stretch beyond the three and a half minute mark. At its most effective, it helps create a party atmosphere inside the venue with songs such as ‘Freaking Out the Neighbourhood’ and ‘Chamber of Reflection’ providing rays of tropical sunshine on a damp November evening. Demarco’s own brand of lo-fi, jangly, slacker-pop appears to be a definite comfort zone and though at times his lack in stylistic variation may have left the more casual fan feeling the gig to be slightly one paced, the breakneck speed with which he bashed through a setlist of over 25 songs gave his otherwise dreamy setlist some welcome oomph.
A lot of Mac’s entertainment value does come in the form of his madness and spontaneity, highlighted when sudden cries of ‘oh Jeremy Corbyn’ spawn a five minute live jam of Seven Nation Army. Whilst DeMarco’s unorthodox performance style might not be for everyone, to truly get the most out of a concert like this it’s important to detach yourself from the more traditional roots of what a conventional rock concert would be like and leave any scepticism at the door. Though this may be difficult as DeMarco’s 30 minute encore consisting of covers ranging from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, 50 cent and a double rendition of Liverpool’s own The La’s ‘There She Goes’ may have been prolonged, to criticise him for what appears to be a very intentional means of exuding his juvenility would go against the uncompromising ethos of artist who very much wants to perform on his own terms and to a crowd who are more than happy to see that through.
Mac DeMarco released his latest album ‘This Old Dog’ on 5th May 2017, which you can listen to on Spotify