Like every young band establishing their sound and presence through shows and touring, the 2020 pandemic turned music on its head. For The Macks, this time of isolation forced the band to redefine the way they interacted with music. Freshly laid off and living all under one roof in a creaky messy home, the band played and wrote for hours every day, searching for inspiration in places they haven’t looked before.

While 2017’s Camp Poppa and 2019’s Yup document the lively garage rock energy of a show, 2022’s Rabbit wasn’t made for anyone but themselves. The result is adventurous and eclectic, containing the band’s most infectious hooks, jarring rhythms, and creative presentation to date. Produced and put to tape in Denver by Nate Cook and The Yawpers, Rabbit adds an entire new spectrum to The Macks’ sound. And despite the nature of the record’s inception, the feelings of frustration, apathy, and hopefulness should resonate and fuel the shows as the world opens up for live music again. With a fresh lineup that’s delivering the most creative music for the band to date, The Macks are coming at music from a fresh angle.

The Macks

  • Josef Windheim – Drums
  • Aidan Harrison – Bass
  • Jacob Michael Perris – Keys
  • Ben Windheim – Guitar
  • Sam Fulwiler – Vocals
The Macks look down at the camera by Ian Enter

The tracks move forward with ease, all following the previous so strongly that they each could’ve made the case to be their own single. “Move On” gives us Stooges in the bass, “Goodbye Frustration” gives us Doors in the keys, but all in all, the album gives us Macks, and that’s what it’s supposed to do.- Daily Emerald

…free, wild and powerful… floating beside Joe Windheim’s zealous drums and Ben Windheim’s woozy electric guitar. Before long, Ben breaks free into a loose and spirited solo before passing the spotlight back to Fulwiler’s husky, radiating voice. – Register Guard

The second track of the [Yup] album, “King Hell Freaks,” for the first half makes you feel as if you’re on a motorcycle ride through the high desert, complete with the full leather get-up ⁠— though you’ve likely never even been on a motorcycle ride. – Daily Emerald

Their angsty attitude is masterfully translated from the vibes of a house show into a recorded album. Even though you’re just hearing their songs, the imagery of what you know their performances are like immediately comes to mind. If you haven’t seen them live before, 1) you should change that and 2) the sound of this album alone is one that can paint you a pretty picture of what that show is.” – KBVR FM

“Rowdy guitar solos, long instrumental interludes, and intelligent lyrics…. this Portland four-piece’s newest release is a golden addition to the flourishing community of up and coming alternative rock.” – Northwest Music Scene

“Frantic and energetic vocals roar out over the bizarre riffs and steady drum work, the guitar and bass flow together well and create a catchy set of riffs that remind me of old school Primus (and that is never a bad thing).” – 24Our Music

“It reminds me of all of my teenage angst I had. I feel young again!” – fan in Portland