100 Bands in 100 Days Presented by Verity Credit Union — Day 44: The Macks

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Artwork by Seattle-area painter E.R. Saba

Music fans of the Pacific Northwest, get ready for our fourth annual year-end daily local music showcase, 100 Bands in 100 Days, where every day until December 31st, we’re showcasing a new band or artist you have to know about, presented by Verity Credit Union. Make sure you are checking the #100Bands100Days hashtag at Twitter on the daily to stay on top of all the bands featured and make sure to follow Verity on Twitter and NW_Music_Scene as well. Some days the featured act could be an established and locally-adored northwest-based musician and other times they could be a band with a small following that just hasn’t had their deserved time in the sun yet. Either way, we’re fairly confident you can come away from this daily segment with plenty of new favorites. Today’s featured artist is The Macks from Portland.


In February of this year we reviewed the Happy Camper EP from The Macks. Although some might consider today’s band influenced by garage rock they are a whole more than a garage rock band. Not that there’s anything wrong with garage rock, in fact some of favorite northwest bands like The Sonics pretty much created it or at the very least left their marks all over it. The Macks are well versed in many genres and toss them all in the blender, resulting in a energetic sonic smoothie that will have you coming back time and time again.

Here’s some of what we said about the EP in our review:

With so many bands trying to make it big in the alt-rock world, what sets The Macks apart from anyone else? The hint of blues fused into each song gives an edge over their competitors, and the true creativity and passion that emanates from their EP is hard to find anywhere else.

Although The Macks are relative newcomers to the industry, their music displays the maturity of an expert in every aspect. Not only is each guitar solo delivered with the experience of a veteran, but the unique vocals of Sam Fulwiler are conveyed with confidence and understanding.
The Macks aren’t afraid to take risks, either. Happy Camper features minute-long episodes dedicated to the sounds of intertwining electric guitar melodies and inventive changes of tempo mid-song that add to the musical merit they possess.

Each member of The Macks acted as a piece of a jigsaw puzzle that could only be completed when the four pieces came together. The overall sound of the Happy Camper EP could not have been possible without each element of the music triumphing by itself, and once all put together, The Macks succeeded in creating a playful and personal record that any music lover would enjoy.

(You can listen to Happy Camper below via Bandcamp, and get more info about The Macks at their website HERE.)  

A huge shoutout to Verity Credit Union for doing so much for the music community and for being such a great partner.