Mac DeMarco Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal QC, August 1
Published Aug 03, 2014Headlining the Tree Stage, Mac DeMarco and his merry band of pranksters were set to bring their famously debaucherous live show to Osheaga. Featuring new guitarist Andy White — filling in for Peter Sagar due to Sagar's impending new LP as Homeshake — DeMarco and co. played tracks from his past three releases, with a special focus on this year's Polaris Music Prize-shortlisted Salad Days. The album's slower tunes provided a soothing mellow for an audience exhausted by a full day of music, but the band kept the party going with jangly hits like "Freakin' Out the Neighborhood" from 2012's breakout 2.
DeMarco brought his typical shenanigans, including a loose cover of reggae staple "Jammin'" and bassist Pierce McGarry taking a screamo turn on vocals for the end of "Rock and Roll Night Club," eating a fan's sandwich and joking about Sheryl Crow's vagina. The set's biggest misstep was during "Passing Out Pieces," the synth-driven lead single from Salad Days, which was hit by both a muddy mix and a lack of the guitar accents that pushed the song forward on the studio version. The keyboards, too, were drowned out by drums and bass. The set ended with DeMarco crowd-surfing during "Still Together" from 2, reigniting the receptive crowd one last time before they trudged off of the Jean-Drapeau stage for a much-needed night of rest.
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