Pete Mac

Pete Mac

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Pete Mac – Lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of Irish based Alternative Rock/Grunge outfit PARADOX. Not your typical Singer/Songwriter Pete Mac has branched out from his band Paradox and taken his Alternative/ Grunge melodies and musical frustrations to his acoustic guitar.

Biography

Pete Mac – Lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of Irish based Alternative Rock/Grunge outfit PARADOX. Not your typical Singer/Songwriter Pete Mac has branched out from his band Paradox and taken his Alternative/ Grunge melodies and musical frustrations to his acoustic guitar.

Paradox have been a band since 1996, formed in Cork, Ireland by brothers Pete and Mike Mac. With two albums officially recorded and released ('Sacred' 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.

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 its core, every song in its original form, naked, at its point of conception, nothing added. Voice, melody, acoustic guitar. Even the loudest, heaviest Paradox songs can be played acoustically, the melody and basic structure. When music is stripped down, everything taken away you really hear it's soul.

"PETE MAC ALBUM - IN LIMBO"

'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. Tracks 5, 13 and 14 were recorded June 2005, Cork, Ireland on an analog 4-track home studio live. Track 9 is taken from Paradox album 'Sacred', recorded January 2004 at BPM Studios, Cork, Ireland. All other tracks were recorded throughout 2008 in Berlin, Germany. '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.

Lyrics

Pretend Friend

Written By: Pete Mac

The air we breathe sometimes can be stale
The lives we lead sometimes will be failed

Statued tall alone we must stand
I thought you saw enough to be my friend
My friend?

I'm seeking low and watching to the end
Alive and bored, failing to pretend
I said hello, what is true must stand
The lies unfold inviting my revenge

And then you fail your weak insight with what you say
And then I close up what's inside when I'm the lonely one
When I'm the only one who feels
When I'm the lonely one
Am I the only one?

Statued tall alone we must stand
I thought you saw enough to be my friend
Fractured fall but you don't understand
I thought you saw enough to be my friend
My friend?

©Paradox 2004

No Words

Written By: Pete Mac

Waiting, I'm restless here
Alone and thinking hurts
Didn't need nobody else before
Though I could not be alone no more
Waiting, complex for reasons I'll never know

It feels right when it all seems wrong
It's inside when I feel alone

Breathe in to rest my fears
A moments bliss so pure
We don't need nobody else I'm sure
We believe in what we have no more
Waiting, patient with feelings I can't ignore but
It feels right when it all seems wrong
It's inside when I feel alone
A still light in a darkest room
Shines bright keeping me immune

I've felt like this too long
No remedy too strong
My memory still longs
Where do I belong?

Have no meaning, a hopeless feeling
I'll stop dreaming and hope this never fades away
But sometimes I'm afraid and sometimes I'm ashamed and
somedays feel so grey and sometimes I'm afraid to feel,
I'm afraid to heal
I'm afraid to feel
I'm afraid to heal
I'm afraid...

Somethings fade away, sometimes I'm afraid
Somethings fade away, I always feel afraid
Always feel afraid, I'm afraid.

Copyright - Pete Mac 2008

Corporate Pollution

Written By: Pete Mac

Well it's a sweet system with no solution,
Breathe in Corporate Pollution.

Standardise what is all the same
Analyse what is all in vain
Paralyzed by authority
A pretty picture society where do I stand?

But it's a sweet system with no solution,
Breathe in Corporate Pollution,
A mind prison of self illusion,
Breathe in Corporate Pollution.

Advertise what we must obtain,
Compromise for financial gain,
Patronize the minority,
A pretty picture society we're doomed,
Consumed.

Your government swore your patriotic scars,
I ask what for?
Your government wore your patriotic stars,
I ask what for?
What for?

Interest rates up 20 per cent
(corporation world domination)
Defecating dollar bills
(corporation world domination)
We must rage war for your security
(operation scare the nation)
Crossfire naive society
(corporation world domination)

Starve the System!!

© Pete Mac 2008

Discography

RELEASES/ DISCOGRAPHY!!

'PETE MAC - IN LIMBO' (2009)

'PARADOX - SACRED' (2004)

'PARADOX - CIRCLE OF GROWTH' (2002)

Set List

1. Pretend Friend
2. No Words
3. Shame for my Name
4. Emptiness
5. Hurt (NIN Cover, Johnny Cash version)
6. Bury the World
7. Society (Cover from Eddie Vedder solo album)
8. Idle Mind
9. Addictive Desire
10. Lame and Languid
11. Infinite
12. Corporate Pollution