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Mac DeMarco Reveals Thoughts On King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard And POND

Words by Riley Fitzgerald
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I guess I’ve gotten to know them all pretty well,” Mac DeMarco reflects in a recent interview with Australian publication Music Feeds.

The band he is talking about is, of course, POND who DeMarco will be touring with Australia with early in 2020.

We met years ago, back when Nick [Allbrook] was still playing in Tame Impala,” he continues. “But the real connection, I think, started the first time we ever did Laneway Festival.”

Laneway Festival is a seven-date Australian festival on which Mac and POND shared the bill in 2015.

“I remember I was sitting in Singapore at the hotel,” he recalls, “and I was like, ‘Okay. Cool. Here we are. It’s a little warm-up party.’ And so, who walks in with a case of beer, knowing obviously that I would like to have some but Jay Watson and Shiny Joe [Ryan]? So yup, I think there was a mutual understanding even before we really knew each other. Like, “Yeah, you guys probably want to hang out!” So yeah, we’re good buddies. It’ll be great. I love those guys. It’ll be fun to rip around the country a little bit.”

This is not the Australia outfit Mac is familiar with. The interview revealed that he was also a big King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard fan, though he was a little shocked by the turn of musical direction of the band’s 15th studio album Infest the Rats Nest.

“You know I had a crazy moment a couple of weeks ago,” he starts off. “I hadn’t seen them in a year, maybe a little bit more. Maybe like, very briefly but I hadn’t seen them play. So I’m playing at Fuji Rock [Festival] and it was like, the full set. And I know they’ve been a little bit heavier for a little while but [their set] straight up sounds like 1991! Like Metallica or something. I was like, ‘WHAT THE HELL is going on?’ I don’t know what the name of the record is, I’ve just heard some of the singles. But yeah, they sounded good. We share the same booking agent, so we’ve played together over the years. Good dudes.”

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