The Macks look down at the camera by Ian Enter

“Walloping heaviosity threaded with streams of blues and thrash… doesn’t begin to describe The Macks’ sound. This is music that takes you places.” (WIllamette Week)

The Macks are brothers Josef and Ben Windheim, Sam Fulwiler, Jacob Michael Perris, and Aidan Harrison. In 2022, the band came out with their lockdown project “Rabbit.” Their raw and progressive take on rock and roll launched the band towards festivals and tours from Idaho to Mexico City.

After Willamette Week dubbed The Macks “the masters of controlled mayhem” and Portland’s Best New Band of 2022, the band could have taken a breather. Instead The Macks finished the year with another full-length album release.

Self-produced in their Portland home, “Dajiban” builds on the creative successes of “Rabbit.” The album took listeners deep into expansive, catchy, gnarly, and unmistakably “Macks” territory. “Dajiban” is “Elemental rock ‘n’ roll” that “flourishes in a liminal space between raw creation and perfection.” (Eugene Weekly)

Now in 2024 The Macks are cutting deep. The band will release The Macks Are A Knife in a dogged pursuit of being the sharpest band from the PNW to date. Tobias Wisner for Oregon Music News reveals, “The album teeters on the edge of a rhythmic and melodic cliff, does a couple backflips at the precipice, and lands safely on two feet, ready for applause. It’s brimming with confidence without pretense, and if their first single they dropped yesterday, “Nice,” is any indication, I think those hungry for some Rock that pushes boundaries in just the right way will be satisfied.”

The band’s 2017 “Camp Poppa” and 2019 “Yup” LPs documented their lively shows and garage rock energy. 2022’s “Rabbit” was born in pandemic isolation and made solely for themselves. The result was adventurous and eclectic.

Now The Macks are embracing opportunities to play live again in bigger spaces. With shows at Crystal Ballroom in Portland and the MonkeyBee Festival III in Mexico City the band is focused on meeting the moment.

The Macks began in 2015 with Sam (vocals), Ben (guitar), Josef (drums). Jacob (keys) joined the band in 2020 to create and record Rabbit. In 2021 Aidan (bass) began touring and recording with The Macks.

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The Macks original cast
Original cast of The Macks: Ben Windheim, Sam Fulwiler, and Josef Windheim