Mac DeMarco: Brighton – live reviewMac DeMarco
The Green Door Store, Brighton
Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Wacky Canuck singer/songwriter/rocker/loverboy hit Brighton on his European Tour. Simon Kvalheim was there.

I have to admit, I didn’t know what sort of gig would be on view tonight. Canadian, Mac Demarco, is carved from the singer/songwriter mould and is touring Britain to promote this year’s albums ‘Rock And Roll Nightclub’ and ‘2’. I was expecting it to be a chilled out gig.

First a word about ‘The Green Door Store’. A former workshop underneath Brighton station, it is the perfect venue, bringing back memories of nights at The Marquee etc. in the 70’s / 80’s . A good crowd had arrived for the gig and there was a good atmosphere.



Mac Demarco arrived on stage and immediately went into Rock ‘n’ Roll wild man mode, constantly sticking out his tongue and engaging in guitar hero tricks. He reminded me of Angus Young in looks and antics. The band were constantly joking with each other (about shaving and washing of hair mostly) and were really tight. DeMarco was constantly throwing off his baseball cap and even engaged in a moment of crowd surfing. Not your typical singer/ songwriter. It felt like the Mac DeMarco group, not a singer and his backing band. And they were good. Live the music is much more heavy than on record and the crowd got into it straight away.

The band played all of their album highlights including ‘Rock And Roll Nightclub’, ‘The Stars Keep Out Calling My Name’ and ‘Freaking Out The Neighborhood’. There was even a snippet of The Police tune ‘Message In A Bottle’ thrown into the mix.

All told, this was a good gig and I will definitely be checking out Mac DeMarco on his next tour.

Visit Mac DeMarco on Facebook, his label site and his bandcamp page.

Words by Simon Kvalheim. More writing by Simon on Louder Than War can be found here.

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