By Seth Cudney
The Vogue Theatre
September 12, 2017
VANCOUVER – The idyllic, youthful glow of the August sun has begun to fade and we are reminded of that great transitional season approaching. Who better to pass us over into that nostalgic juncture at the end of summer than Mac DeMarco? Mac might be the embodiment of the end of summer days, and his breezy, laissez-faire soundscapes were the perfect capstone to a long and hazy heatwave.
DeMarco began his set at the Vogue on Tuesday night with the sparkling and meditative “On The Level”, which appears on his new album This Old Dog. The Vogue was sold out for back to back performances, and it was clear that the crowd was with him not only spiritually, but also physically. Banquet tables were set up on stage and filled with selfie-taking, wine drinking, and merry-making concert goers. The line between crowd and performance was blurred, which made the performance a cozy, friendly experience.
DeMarco pulled from across his catalogue on Tuesday night and although he may no longer be living them, there was a healthy dose from his sophomore album Salad Days. He kept the crowd alive with an energized rendition of “Cooking Up Something Good” and what might be this generation’s “Taking Care Of Business,” “An Ode To Viceroy”. Mac is a guy that’s having fun and in the end, so do we, because he’s leading the way.
Mac peppered his performance with comedic skits and crowd work, including a lengthy cover of Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles”. Mac shredded soulfully on his white Stratocaster over that youthful anthem and enthusiastically repeated the line “Making my way downtown” in Dadaistic exuberance. Mac invited his ‘son’ (a very endearing tour photographer) onstage , who informed us that he “loves his papa,” and another of Mac’s special guests ran onto the stage and straight into a face plant. When Mac doted kisses upon his band mate’s lips, the crowd was elated. In fact, most of what Mac did elicited a boisterous and excited response from the audience, which made sense given that the Vogue may well have been holding a Mac DeMarco lookalike contest, one that Mac himself would be in threat of losing.
Mac DeMarco delivered a dazzling performance and presented us with the joyful end of summer ambiance we were all craving. Watching Mac do his thing is like watching the sun set on the last day at the beach. And as summer is winding down, we reminisce over that fleeting and visceral spell with the balmy sounds of another Mac DeMarco jam.Mac DeMarco, The Vogue Theatre