like a bionic phoenix out of the ashes of much loved local emo-rockers
Switch, My Awesome Compilation pull all the right punches
to pummel the listener into a state of blissful submission, with a string
of beautiful right hooks and uppercuts until you realised you have witnessed
one of Leicesters true great heavyweights over the last couple
of years. Always commercially viable, yet probably far enough from the
beaten track to appeal to the likes of John Peels festive ears,
the trio have blessed me with a three track ep, which obviously, they
expect me to guess the titles of, given that there is no track listing
to accompany it. So, being the game chap that I am, Im willing
to give it my best shot:
of all, the track that I shall call Fortune is the sort
of number where I can imagine a throng of excitable rain-lashed faces
going all out for a moshfest at the appropriate places. I dont
know why, but it just sounds like the perfect song to play to a soaked
audience at one of your typical mudpit festivals. Track two, which I
shall call Giving Up sounds like an emotionally charged
Pavement, or perhaps more accurately like Spiral Stairs more recent
Preston School Of Industry during the verses at least, making way for
one of the bands by now trademark, infinitely catchy choruses.
The true spirit of emo is unleashed on us for THIS awesome compilations
closing track, possibly titled Count On Me, where, having
been sucked in by a sweetly desperate sounding vocal, we are clomped
over the head with the club of a non-conformist caveman and invited
to engaged in a sweaty and remarkably rousing finale of distortion,
and to rock our little socks off in a pure free for all.
I thought the last person to have publicly appealed for the Return
of the Mac needed a good twatting, but on this occasion, and with
this evidence, I positively demand it! Oh look, here they come now in
fact. Thats handy I have a whole load of questions to ask
AD: Ive read a growing number of fanzines and local music
scene magazines that have you touted as one of Leicesters
finest, or the band most likely to. What do you think has
brought you to this point and wherein do you believe your appeal lies?
MAC: It's very flattering when people write things like that about you
in the local press. We are very close to each other and love and believe
in what we do. We work hard on writing songs and work on melodies to
fuel our songs. We put a lot in to our live performances and I think
people that have come to watch us can appreciate our enthusiasm for
our music. We have a lot of people to thank and friends who continue
to support us.
AD: Your recent stuff seems a lot more relaxed and laid back than
on Switchs ep The Damaged Brain. Was this a conscientious
decision, and if so, why?
MAC: Switch was a completely different band. To be honest, when we hear
that ep (although it rings great memories in our heads), we cringe at
it! We learnt a lot about each other from being in Switch, and that
has enabled us to improve greatly and develop 'our sound'. I wouldn't
say our music is more laid back - I think it is better structured and
more dynamic. We have managed to build depth into our songs, so we can
be more laid back at times.
AD: The band showed their balls recently (not literally of course!),
when guitarist Neil Dempsey left the band, and you still fulfilled your
remaining gig commitments as a three piece. How daunting was that, and
how has it affected you as a group?
MAC: It enabled the 3 of us to do what we wanted to do musically. Neil
was more into his heavy rock type stuff, and we wanted to be more about
emotion and melody. Although Neil was a brilliant guitarist, losing
him has made us stronger.
AD: Youve been going for nearly 3 years now. Thats quite
a long time for a local band, especially one as young as yourselves.
Is it important to the band to break into the big time, or is it the
music that counts the most?
MAC: Although M.A.C was started from members of Switch, we'd like to
class the group
as a new
band. It is nearly a year old now. We'll carry on playing with each
other until we run out of ideas! We get on really well with each other
and of course we want to get signed and tour the world! We just hope
more people can listen to our music and we'd love to make a music video
AD: Had many bust ups within the band? Or has anyone in the music
biz ever tried to rip you off? (Feuds with other bands are always amusing
topics too if youve had any
MAC: We've never had any bust ups within the band. We respect each other
and are honest to each other. (Apart from that time I slept with Das'
and Chris' girlfriends at the same time, but they don't know about that,
so shhhhhh!!) In the 'emo' type scene, all the bands we play with our
really good to each other and I've never witnessed any trouble between
the bands either.
AD: Youve played with a whole host of up and coming bands, the
most notable arguably being Hundred Reasons. How did you get on with
them? Did you give em a CD?
at the Charlotte has been very good to us and sorted us out some cool
support slots, so we have him to thank for that one! We have played
with many cool bands, my favourite being the Red Animal War show in
Derby. I helped organise the show as part of their European tour and
we played too, so it was excellent!
AD: You gave me a list of bands on your biog that My Awesome Compilation
like to rock to. So, being a music journalist, how come
Ive only heard of about half of the buggers? Do you know something
MAC: No, not really! Commercial music sucks as I'm sure a lot of people
would agree, so we scout around local indie music stores, go to lots
of gigs, support the 'Scene' in England and read lots of reviews etc
in underground magazines. There are so many good bands out there, you
just have to look around and don't give in to MTV or Radio One!!! (Although
Steve Lamaq is worth a listen!)
AD: Whats next on the agenda for My Awesome Compilation? Time
to get a plug in.
MAC: We recently recorded the 'Sounds for Entrances' ep and are promoting
that at the minute. Check our website for details on how to get one
or download the ep. We are playing a few shows around the country over
the summer and then in October, we have a new ep coming out on BSM Records
- a small indie label from Oxford. We are going on tour in October/November
time too with 'Hiding with Girls'.
Everything is just being sorted out at the minute, but this should be
a real good experience for us.
If you havent been to see the lads in action, check out their
website for tour dates and
well, what are you waiting for? You
wont be disappointed.