Artist Alumni Spotlight: Mac DeMarco

Written by Jessica Pickett | April 11, 2014

Mac DeMarco will be performing at Austin's Mohawk this weekend!

Canadian indie rock meets chillwave artist Mac DeMarco first made his SXSW debut in 2013 when he performed for his label and agency, as well as for M for Montreal. He has been touring the US and Canada since the end of January of this year and will be joining us here in Austin again this Sunday, April 13th to perform at Mohawk. He will go on to perform another handful of dates in the States followed by a number of shows abroad, including Belgium and Germany, starting in mid-May. Some of these dates will be in collaboration with fellow South By alumni, Dent May. You can check out DeMarco's Facebook page for a full list of tour dates.

The 23-year-old musician just released his second LP with Captured Tracks on April Fool's Day called Salad Days. It has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics:

"His second full-length, Salad Days, isn't a departure from its predecessor so much as a richer, increasingly assured refinement." -Pitchfork

"His new album, on Brooklyn's Captured Tracks label, is a dreamy piece of self-reflection, exhibiting a kind of Brian Wilson 'In My Room' seclusion." -New York Times

Despite the relaxed nature of his music, DeMarco's live performances have gained notoriety from his on-stage prankster antics and gross-out jokes; nudity, overly personal relationships with drumsticks, and bandmate-on-bandmate make-outs are just a few of the accusations.

However in a very recent interview with DIY, DeMarco, in reference to the end of a world tour, stated, "I really felt like the whole antics and persona of whatever the live show got so played out that it wasn't fresh to me at all, or to any of the other guys. And I think the audiences were picking up on it. They're not kids on the West Coast in the States where you fart on stage and they're fucking screaming and flipping over. I was tired of it."

DeMarco's recent shows in New York were reportedly outstanding but entirely G-rated; he even brought out his mom at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right!

Whichever way the show swings this weekend, Austinites are surely excited to have Mac back in our city, it having sold out several weeks ago. Tune into The Backbeat today at noon and 6pm central time to hear three new tracks from Salad Days on the show, in addition to songs from all SXSW alumni performing at Coachella this weekend and next. You can also roll over to our SoundCloud page starting tomorrow (Saturday) to stream the recorded block for up to two weeks.

Image courtesy of Transmission Events