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Mac Blackout Band

Mac Blackout (aka Marc McKenzie) has been a fixture here for a while, running a vein through Chicago’s garage rock underground for a good solid clip at this point. As leader of RSTB faves Mickey, McKenzie will always have a soft spot in my heart for creating one of the last ten years’ most fun power pop records. As the Mac Blackout Band though, the pop side has melted away a bit and the full on garage-punk assault is in total swing with just a whiff of metal floating on the air. Burning Alive is a raw nerve of pent up aggression and full bore rock shot out of the barrel wild and loose. The album is practically shaking with beads of sweat, tumbling and scuffing its way through the speakers looking to get into a fight as soon as possible.

The record blasts out of the start with the fiery anthem “Rise Up” and that pretty much sets the tone for the record to come. Once Blackout has you on your feet and ready for a rumble he just stokes the blaze of fight burning in your core and lets the furious riffs and tornado of toms do the rest. The album isn’t remapping the garage rock landscape, but as I’ve said countless times, that’s not always the point. It’s a fun record that’s unhinged at its best, bringing to mind fellow Midwestern legends Timmy’s Organism. At its worst, its still a damn fun ride, that begs for volume, lowered windows and blank stares from the passersby.




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Mac Blackout Band – “Rise Up”

Mac Blackout’s been kicking around these parts since lo-fi was king and the tape hiss grew tall and wild. Now scrubbed up, glammed and rocking things in heavy psych boots, the man and his band are releasing Burning Alive next month and preceding the album is the bulldozer of a single, “Rise Up”. The track is ostensibly a call to arms, laid into the fold of a garage-psych juggernaut, and spraying fire at the very seams. Blackout’s outfit is hardly the same band that was sketching scratchy tales in the wake of Blank Dogs all those years ago and in fact this hews much closer to his run fronting Mickey. Now they’re finding their bearings somewhere between the codpiece bravado of Kiss and the iron gauntlet of Wolfmother circa 2004/2005. I mean that in the absolute most complimentary sense. Revolution rock could use a twenty foot tower of fire to stomp out the storm and Blackout’s making it fun to riot in the streets again.

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