Q & A With Illy Mack
Dynamic duo kick off Blowout party.
Published: February 12, 2014
MT: What can we anticipate hearing on the cassette in March?
David: Songs we’ve been working on that Steve’s really tailored. It sounds very professional, very good. But there are also newer songs that have that looser, freer energy done in a couple of takes on a four-track in Steve’s basement.
Kendzorski: It’s a nice snapshot of what we’ve been doing the last year-and-a-half. There are more sophisticated things happening harmonically and as a result of time passing, with us finding ourselves as songwriters the last song we wrote for the cassette is one of my favorites: really juxtaposes the intricate playing against more simplistic stuff, focusing more on vocals. It’s neat for an Illy Mack song where you’re as attracted to some of the more technical aspects of what’s happening as much as the lyrics or harmonies.
David: And we didn’t want to slow down the recording we’d started last summer. So some songs we just had to get out and be happy with instead of being overly particular. My voice cracks at the end of one song and we left it instead of redoing it.
MT: Through the years, through “the break,” what’s made Illy Mack so important to you both?
David: Illy Mack, to us, is a constant river. It’s never-ending. We’re just friends, there’s nothing to prove or anything. If we hadn’t played in five years and then came back, that would be fine too.
Kendzorski: When we first came out, we played with groups that weren’t like us but surprisingly embraced us and our music. We’re kinda coming back for selfish reasons, though; we just really like playing this music.
Illy Mack plays the Blowout Announcement Party with Cold Men Young, Sleepless Inn and After Dark Amusement Park on Friday, Feb. 14, at the New Dodge Lounge, 8850 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck; 313-874-5963; $5-$8.
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