Band formed in Sherwood releases second album
A band that originated in Sherwood recently released its second album.
The Macks moved to Eugene last year, but the group has its roots in Washington County. The band took a cross-country tour last summer and have just released their sophomore album, "Yup," available on most uploadable digital providers (and on vinyl).
The band consists of Sam Fulwiler on vocals, Ben Windheim on guitar, Josef Windheim on drums and until recently, Bailey Sauls on bass. (Sauls plays on "Yup" but bassist Payden Sternkopf is now touring and writing with the group.)
While Windheim said Eugene is rooted in what some might call the stereotypical Oregon Country Fair jam-type of music, there's also an active blues, punk, heady jazz and straight-up rock 'n' roll scene as well. Windheim said what he believes gives them an edge is that they have a little more bite to their sound, a bite based on attitude that has become a little more jaded with time.
"Our sound is a little sharper in that it cuts through more," Windheim said in explaining the band's style of music. "It's a little (more) heavier-hitting. We change up our rhythms all the time so we keep it pretty exciting I would say."
At the same time, Windheim, who formed the band while still a student at Sherwood High School, has praise for the maturing vocals of bandmate Fulwiler.
"As we get better as a band, he gets better as a singer and better as a writer for himself," he said. "He's never had a problem with being an honest, interesting writer."
Guitarist Windheim said "Yup" was recorded in Sherwood at his parents' home where they set up Josef Windheim's drums in a foyer that had tall ceilings.
"We spent a lot of time just ... making sure the drums sounded the way we wanted because there was a very particular vision," said Windheim. That vision included putting microphones on the floor to create the exact sound the band was looking for.
But the album isn't the only feather in the Macks' hats of late.
Last summer, they toured the country, playing from Utah to New York.
"We played something like 30 shows in 40 days, I think," said Windheim. "It was awesome and gnarly and we lost two vans along the way."
One of those vans was Windheim's beloved Volkswagen camper, which made it 200 miles before a valve head blew. That was followed by the purchase of a Honda Odyssey, whose transmission died approximately 10 minutes after heading down the highway. They got their money back on that vehicle and finished the trip aboard a Pontiac Montana minivan.
Windheim said he was impressed with the band's performances in New York City, New Orleans and Grand Rapids, Michigan.
"I mean, the entire country is much more beautiful than I would expect," he said.
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