The triple j-supported Low Blows Tour created a ticket-buying frenzy for Meg Mac’s rescheduled Gold Coast concert at Miami Marketta, which added a celebratory feeling to the packed crowd of lucky ticket holders in the popular venue.
The audience was comprised of mostly women, mesmerised by Mac’s anthemic songs and distinctive sartorial choices. Her striking performance outfit of black circular hat, houndstooth pinafore and signature long shirt cuffs, harked back to the era of Boy George and Haysi Fantaysee hat wearer, Kate Garner – without the dreadlocks and the bop. The avant-garde Mac powered up early, singing her first penned song and Unearthed winner, ‘Known Better’. The song is slick, imitating the recording – the only difference is that the crowd cues to the hand claps and chorus, engaged from the get-go – no audience rousing required or benign prompt to ‘sing along with me’. ‘Grace Gold’ lived up live to its pseudo-hiphop groove. Meg’s rich, soaring vocals were accompanied by a cool ‘I’ve got this’ nonchalance. And the crowd loved every second of it.
The synth laden ‘Cages’, popularly known as ‘the October song’ raised the roof and fans’ phones in approval. The seventh song ‘Brooklyn Apartment’ and its catchy line; “It’s louder than the TV and the radio,” was introduced as a collage of conversations and sounds heard while staying in an Airbnb with very thin walls. Meg Mac trotted out powerhouse song after song complete with tom-tom bombs. For some, wanting a little more downtime vocal, the use of dynamics and white space, or even some band banter could have lifted Mac’s performance to that next level of wonder.
Having her actual studio backing singers (sister Hannah McInerney and Danielle O’Sullivan) on tour with her provided that professional depth of sound and production to the performance. Nearing the end of her set, the song that excited everyone was the recent Like-a-version rendition of Tame Impala’s ‘Let it Happen’, where Mac messes around with key and time signatures.
To her devoted fans, Meg Mac is the girl with style – savvy enough to defy the ‘short tight’ dress code as well as having that jazz-like purity of tone and strength of character to come up with interesting lyrics to sold out crowds all along the east coast. She came (back), she sang, she conquered.
IMAGE (c) Nathan Prostamo