Mac DeMarco’s album, Rock and Roll Nightclub, introduced us to a world where Elvis could front the Pixies and their music could be gloriously lo-fi. It’s an album – and world – we love and it rarely strays far from the office stereo. We thought it only right to send Mac a Call Back.
Bowlegs: Which album has been a major influence in your life, and why?
Mac: My friend Jake played me Sgt. Pepper’s when I was in junior high school. It’s an easy answer I know, but before that point it was all Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit for this guy.
Bowlegs: What was the last album you bought?
Mac: I bought the Beavis and Butthead Experience at value village a little while ago.
Bowlegs: Which bands have you been listening to this week?
Mac: My friends in Walter TV have been recording in our living room all week, so I’ve been hearing that a lot. I’ve been listening to Arthur Russell a lot, Jonathan Richman too. I usually just cycle through shit I already like a lot, we don’t have internet at our house so I have no idea what’s going on in the internet music zone.
Bowlegs: Name an up-and-coming band Bowlegs should look out for?
Mac: I played a music festival in Calgary, AB, a couple weeks ago and met these really young kids that play in a band called Faux Fur. Those kids have like 100 bands between them and they whip so much ass. I’m usually considered a pretty young dude, but these kids are still trucking through high school.
Bowlegs: What was the last gig you went to?
Mac: Went to see my homedogs in a band called Each Other, here in Montreal – they whip ass.
Bowlegs: Who is the best band you have ever shared a bill with?
Mac: The Bummers. They were a band from Edmonton – they used to play when I was in high school. My old drummer, this girl named Jen, ended up starting a love triangle with both members of the band, which led to them breaking up a few years ago. Thanks Jen.
Bowlegs: What was the first gig you ever went to, and who did you go with?
Mac: My friends Peter (who plays guitar in my band now) and Alec were these older guys who went to my high school. They got me really drunk one night and took me out to see an old Edmonton band called the Vertical Struts. I think I was 15 or 16 – I’m pretty sure it was the first time I got hammered too.
Bowlegs: What made you realise that being a musician was the career of choice?
Mac: I get to go on vacation for free, I get to drink for free, meeting people is way easier. And it still blows my mind that people want to give me money for playing.
Bowlegs: What is your favourite music documentary?
Mac: The Last Waltz.
Bowlegs: What was the last film you saw, and was it any good?
Mac: I watched Repulsion, that movie by Roman Polanski, last night. It was spooky.
Bowlegs: Name three great books Bowlegs must read?
Mac: Just read So Far… Kelsey Grammers’ autobiography three times over.
Bowlegs: What do you see when you look in the mirror?
Mac: Mac DeMarco.
Bowlegs: Name a song that takes you back to a certain time in your life?
Mac: Romeo by the Wipers reminds me of biking around my old Vietnamese neighbourhood in Vancouver before I knew anybody in town.
Bowlegs: What is one of your favourite album covers of all time?
Mac: Prince’s self-titled album has the best cover ever. And if you flip it over he’s buck ass nude riding Pegasus – doesn’t get much better than that.
Bowlegs: What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
Mac: My friend Ryan B de-robed at band practice a little while ago and starting giving the bass a little slap slap, while his wiener was doing the slip slap on his thighs.
Bowlegs: Do you think music videos are important and do you like making them?
Mac: I’m not sure if I’d call them important, but I always like when bands have as much stuff floating around as possible – makes it more fun to get into something. I love making videos too; I usually do them with my friend Evan Prosofsky. He’s going to do something for us for the next album. I’ve got a couple videos coming up for Rock and Roll Night Club too.
Bowlegs: Are albums still important or is it more about individual tracks?
Mac: For me personally, on the musician side, I really like making something that fits together as an album. I’ve had a couple releases that are sort of tracks from here and there mashed together to make a whole, but it always feels weird. I find it’s way better when the whole thing has a vibe rather than just having things pop out of nowhere all over it.
Bowlegs: What do you have planned for the next six months?
Mac: I think we’re doing a bunch of touring, in the States and hopefully Europe too. I’m working on the next album too, not sure when it’s coming out, but I’ll be done by summertime I think. Other than that I’ll probably just sit around.
Bowlegs: What is on your iPod that you probably shouldn’t admit to?
Mac: There’s a Coldplay album on there.