Last night we caught indie rock joker Mac Demaro and Brooklyn lo-fi guitar dudes DIIV at Music Hall of Williamsburg for Carpark Records’ CMJ showcase. We made it about mid-way through the set, and Mac was already ball-deep in his usual stage antics including burping and butt hole talk, playing lying down on the ground, calling out tweeting crowd members, his always unexpected stage dive (including awkward crowd surf), and making out with a girl near the front of the stage (much to her chagrin).
He prefaced his new track “Cooking Up Something Good” by telling us a story about his father and his meth addiction, and introduced “Ode To Viceroy,” a song about his favourite cigarette brand. Before taking a running jump into the crowd Mac said, “hope you can catch” to surf around for an awkward few minutes and ended by playing little bits of Metallica and Police tracks, stopping mid way through and launching into “Still Together.”
DIIV were up next and the already rowdy crowd turned into one giant shoving ring with happy, yet slightly violent people jumping on stage and diving back out into the crowd. They played the majority of their debut record Oshin, and frontman Zachary Cole Smith did his usual pivot dancing, coaxing stage jumpers to go harder.
Check out our photos below.