Thursdays With J.R. – The Macks

Thursdays with J.R. is our new weekly column from lifelong musician and lifelong-er music fan J.R. McIntire, drummer of Arctic Char and multi-instrumentalist on more projects than we have bandwidth to list.

A guitarist goes flying right to left doing the “Chuck Berry” and just when you think it’s time to “Be Goode”, The Doors open wide with an organ blasting groove.  Just as you slip into a 60’s cocktail the actual verse jabs you from the left with precision but swagger; vocals almost dripping out of the singer’s mouth.  This is all in the first 15 seconds.  “Spin My Head Around” by The Macks clocks in at a cheeky 2:22, but as you can read, it’s a jam packed two two two.  The sound is familiar in the best way, like you’ve heard them in a theme song to your favorite binge watch whose intro you go out of your way NOT to skip.  Drums sound vintage and tight.  Tightly produced parts.  Vocals have a great mix, lends to the sound each part is going for.  Singer is committed to each part.  Guitar is clean, nice use of pan in mix.  Bass also solid and is tight with drums in a way that makes the knee jerk changes again sound familiar instead of sloppy.  I’d almost say this is punky but its so poppy as well, in a way that grunge could be, not a pop-punk way.  Does that make sense?  If so, continue.  Song breaks down into a rock bridge that is very modern but also legit to the throwback vibe of the song before wrapping you back to the first tight verse.  We travel back into the organ and the song ends symmetrically.  Very satisfying to my hyperactive ears, they enjoyed the journey through time, even if it was short.  Need more?  The Macks have a good deal of content to offer, excellent album art as well, check it out here.

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