Mac DeMarco performs at The Anthem on Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)
I didn’t expect nothing less from Mac DeMarco at The Anthem on Wednesday night — minus the possibility of him climbing the balconies like he did at the 9:30 Club (for obvious safety reasons he did not). He did mention that he had the flu, so possibly he didn’t have the energy to scale those balconies at The Anthem, but he did have lots of energy for banter with his band members and crowd. By the end of the night, I completely forgot that he was sick because he played exactly like as if I was listening to him through my headphones at home.
I like to say that Mac DeMarco music aesthetics is one that I like to call “sad boy music,” or in his case, “sad dad music.” What I mean by this is that you don’t automatically become sad listening to his music, but its more melancholic and with hints of psychedelic notes in his music. Also, it’s music that dads would appreciate.
Not everything is “sad boy music,” from Mac DeMarco — songs like ” The Stars Keep on Calling My Name,” and “Freaking Out the Neighborhood” have awesome guitar solos, and you just see Mac vibing to those songs. He played his popular songs like “Salad Days” and “Chambers of Reflections,” but he also covered some other songs. From Radiohead to Weezer and Led Zeppelin, DeMarco has it down, and I appreciate him and his eccentric ways.
His last date on this US tour is Monday at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, and he hits Europe in the month of October 2018. We’ll surely see him again in DC soon. Here are some photos of Mac DeMarco performing on Sept. 5, 2018 . All photos copyright and courtesy of Brenda Reyes.