Clarinda MacLean, Jake Mazon and Jackson Wargo are the three members of Mac Luster. The band recently released The Joys of Missing Out, which is an aggressive rock album that contains ten songs.
Some of the songs veer towards punk, others towards post-punk. Either way the band has a raw vibe that you won’t hear anywhere on the FM dial in this day and age. These songs have an unabated energy that runs through them. Once the band starts it is rare that they slow down.
Take for instance the opener “6'ºF” which is jagged and somewhat dissonant-sounding because of the chorus effects. The band does a sufficient amount of rocking out and while there is a different dynamic energy between the verse and chorus you don’t hear any extended breakdowns.
“Well (I Wonder)” is more frantic and intense than the opener. With a good amount of reverb, distortion, power chords and cymbal the band demands to be heard. “Holding Out” is a highlight that has perhaps the catchiest vocals on the album while “Best of Us” is a shorter, punk song. “Shut My Mouth” doesn’t exactly have love ballad implicated into the title. Like a lot of the other songs the band brings a wall of sound that is quite impressive for a three-piece.
The band only gets more intense with the last three songs. “Palaver” contains some blood curdling type screams, feedback and waves of white noise. Perhaps the highlight on the album. They close with “Glass Eyes” which ends with a bang.
Mac Luster is a band that doesn't hide behind production in any way. The Joys of Missing Out is an unfiltered live album that I’m sure reflects how the band sounds live.
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