Cork, County Cork
Pete Mac - Lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of Cork based Alternative Rock/Grunge outfit Paradox. Not your typical Singer/Songwriter Pete Mac has branched out from his band Paradox and taken his Alternative melodies and musical frustrations to his acoustic guitar. Paradox have been a band since 1997, formed in Cork, Ireland by brothers Pete and Mike Mac. With four albums officially recorded and released ('Chapters' in 2015, 'Corporate Pollution' in 2010, 'Sacred' in 2004 and 'Circle of Growth' in 2000 on US indie label) a few trips to the USA, shows, studios, more shows in Europe and a few solo performances in between Paradox have been kept busy. The biggest part of the bands popularity has been through word of mouth and the Internet. No big promo campaign and no Label. The band shot a music video for 'Mr. Bureaucracy' in 2012 which was nominated for best song at the Berlin Music Video Awards, Dublin International short film and music awards the Portobello Film Festival London in 2013.
In 2012 the 'Corporate Pollution' track 'Repress Excess' was used on the soundtrack for Canadian horror movie 'Truth' which screened at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Canada International Film Festival's Royal Reel Award.
Paradox have toured both Europe and the US as well as playing support to the likes of Therapy?, Kerbdog and Shonen Knife in 2013.
Every Paradox song was originally written and performed solo on acoustic guitar before being transformed by electric guitars, bass and drums. So the 'Pete Mac solo project' if you can call it that is Paradox at it's core, every song in it's original form, at it's point of conception, nothing added. Voice, melody, acoustic guitar.
PETE MAC ALBUM - "IN LIMBO" (2009)
''In Limbo' is a collection of songs that date back as far as 2003, 14 songs written at different times, in different places over the space of 5 years. All music and lyrics are composed by Pete Mac. All instruments (Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Tambourine) are performed by Pete and he's also responsible for the production of the album. A number of tracks on 'In Limbo' were recorded in June 2005, Cork, Ireland on an analog 4-track home studio . All other tracks were recorded throughout 2008 in Berlin, Germany also on a 4 track. 'In Limbo' is an album of many moods, emotions, each song bringing across a different vibe. From the political outbursts of 'Corporate Pollution' to the atmospheric ambience of 'In Limbo', followed by the melodic waves of 'No Words' to the dischordent chops of 'Bury the World', 'In Limbo' takes a different musical direction from any previous Paradox sound.
Pete Mac continues to play both solo as well as with his band Paradox The current Paradox album ‘Chapters’ has been a working progress for over a year which originated in September 2013 with songwriter Pete Mac playing all instruments on the recordings including all guitars, bass and drums. The first single 'Nothing Lasts' features slow melancholic Cello tones carrying the song to it's climatic refrains of 'Nothing Lasts'. A music video also accompanies the single. Cello makes an appearance on various other tracks on the album. A music video accompanies the second single 'Free As A Bird' which was initially inspired by the film 'Into the Wild' with singer Pete Mac and his dog roaming aimlessly on a deserted beach.
2017 saw the release of the new single 'All Life Matters', an eagerly awaited follow up to the bands last album 'Chapters'. ‘All Life Matters’ takes a similar direction to the previous Paradox album ‘Chapters’ which was also recorded at Wavefield. Singer Songwriter Pete Mac plays all instruments on the track with Brian Casey adding keys and piano. A music video accompanies this track taking a sarcastic slightly twisted view on social media and today's society. The video won ‘Best Music Video’ at the Dissappear Here Film Festival in Donegal and was also nominated at the Kerry Film Festival, Indie Cork Film Festival 2018 and the Waterford Film Festival 2019.