Release Date: Mar 27, 2012
Record label: Captured Tracks
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Dream Pop, Neo-Glam
Mac DeMarco is a hard one to pin down. Before switching to his given name for Rock and Roll Night Club, DeMarco existed as cassette-issuing Makeout Videotape, where his music ping-ponged from digital noise to high-strung underwater pop. Promotional videos he's made for his music have more in common with the damaged frat-boy absurdity of Tim & Eric than the typical sullen art school dropout imagery of some of his Captured Tracks labelmates, or even the androgynous post-glam characterization that flows through this debut.
Mac DeMarcoRock and Roll Nightclub EP[Captured Tracks; 2012]By David Wolfson; April 19, 2012Purchase at: Insound (Vinyl) | Amazon (MP3 & CD) | iTunes | MOGTweetMP3: Mac DeMarco - "Baby's Wearin' Blue Jeans" Mac DeMarco refers to his music as “jizz jazz.” His EP cover is a lo-fi photo of himself with the surroundings out of focus. The EP itself has two radio interludes hosted by a DJ with a deep, gurgling voice that sets a slightly unsettling tone for the music. The music itself is a blend of glam rock, 50’s rock and roll, and the jangly guitar pop that is Captured Tracks’ trademark.
Before signing to Captured Tracks, Montreal's Mac DeMarco made fuzz pop records with Makeout Videotape, who, based on their album art alone, had strange leanings. On Rock and Roll Night Club, he gets weirder and churns out an unsettling brand of soft rock. Take the album's second track: "You're rockin' straight through midnight with me, Dojo Daniel, on 96.7: The Pipe.
It takes a lot of effort to peruse through every trendsetting blog if the goal is to find an artist that shows the potential of having a longer life than that of a 7-inch and a limited cassette release. Among the never-ending cornucopia of embedded streams was an instantly eye-catching offering – it was the new video by former Makeout Videotape scribe Mac DeMarco, titled Exercising with my Demons. Shot in luscious back and white, the promotional cut presents a gang of face-painted ruffians making blasphemous gestures and causing petty mischief.
Spending the last few years making headway with his band, Makeout Videotape, Vancouver, BC's Mac DeMarco has chosen to go it alone as a solo artist. Hooking up with Mike Sniper's Captured Tracks, DeMarco has wasted little time prepping his debut mini-LP, Rock and Roll Night Club. "Jizz jazz" is what he's labelled his lo-fi cocktail of glam, rockabilly, garage and new wave, which finds common ground with fellow nonconformists like Alan Vega and Ariel Pink.