The Macpodz don’t care how old you are. They just want you to have a good time. Absolute Michigan caught up with Macpodz bassist Brennan Andes a couple weeks ago on Father’s Day, which was an appropriate coincidence seeing as Brennan is the proud dad to a beautiful two-year old girl named Sarie. In the lead-up to their performance at the Electric Forest Festival, which starts this Thursday, Brennan told us how introducing Sarie to Bob Weir was one of his biggest thrills and how his little girl has influenced his music.
He also told us why, if you are heading to Electric Forest this weekend, you shouldn’t miss the Macpodz, no matter how old you are.
It’s Father’s Day today. Mean anything special to you?
Well it is a special day for all the fathers out there. I have one daughter who is two. Sarie. And I introduced her to Bob Weir at Rothbury when she was six months old. We met Bob when he was crossing back to the main stage and I said, “Hey Bob Weir. What’s going on? Meet my daughter.”
He said, “Welcome to the world little girl.” …and then I thanked him for being a bad ass.
To stick with the Dead for a second, you went to your first Dead show at the age of five?
I did. My first Dead show was when I was five when my dad took me. It was when I figured out what Santa does in his past time. I remember being at Alpine Valley in Wisconsin and there were all these golf balls rolling down towards the stage. I chased them down right by the stage and I have a very vivid memory of looking up and seeing Jerry, who looked just like Santa. But I also remember feeling very safe at that show. There was a great family vibe and now that I am a father, I want that to be a part what I do as a musician.
The Macpodz seem like a perfect fit for the festival scene and you guys play a lot of them. Are there any differences between a festival in Michigan and others around the country?
We are extremely connected to the people here. Being in the Midwest, it feels like you are part of a unified front. Around here, it seems like everyone is family and the business aspect of the festival scene is intertwined with that. Electric Forest is the biggest festival we are playing this year. We have more notoriety in our home state and we are avid about getting a slice of the pie from the out of state cats. We fought hard to get on the bill here in the past and we delivered what we said we’d deliver.
We brought a nice sized audience for a noon show that showed that we are part of the musical community here.
So you’ve got good memories of playing this venue?
It was amazing. World class. The first year we did it I remember playing through 40-foot subwoofers stacked on the stage. It was like a Metallica stage set up. It was like driving a big rig. An awesome 18-wheeler, rock and roll machine. I love all styles of music but I really resonate with getting on a big stage and getting those 40-foot stacks to sing. There is much to be said about working with 40,000 watts of power. As a musician, you are in control of those frequencies for next 90 minutes on planet earth.
After Electric Forest, what does the future hold for The Macpodz?
We are releasing a 3D music video! We are making fun of ourselves throughout the whole thing. It is for a song called The Truth. First we are releasing the song, then we are following it up with a music video and then an EP and then an LP. The Truth is the flagship song. We play a bunch of different styles and feel The Truth is one that can represent us to a wide audience. It’s a weird pop song.
Here’s the Macpodz getting their groove on at the Moe Down!
The Macpodz will be releasing new material this fall for the first time since 2008. Check out www.themacpodz.com for new music and tour info.