Meg Mac Joins Jacob Banks Tour – New Album ‘Matter Of Time’ Out Now
“Will have you kneeling at the altar of Meg Mac’s second coming”
– Rolling Stone Australia
“Featuring heart stopping, soaring power ballads, bluesy soul jams and country-infused pop, the album reflects an artist we have grown to love over the past decade, but with a compelling new fire at her core.”
– Women In Pop
“Meg Mac has one of the biggest voices Australia has produced…”
September 21, 2022 – New York, NY: Meg Mac will Join Jacob Banks as his special guest for the upcoming North American Tour kicking off in San Francisco on September 28th. Mac is touring in support of her new album Matter of Time released September 16. Dates below.
“I wanted to just start again and do everything without compromise,” states Meg Mac of the game-changing personal switch-up that led to Matter of Time: the singer’s highly anticipated third album, and a record that builds on Mac’s award-winning foundations and sends them to new places of clarity and ambition. In early press reviews, ‘Matter of Time’ has already been praised as “her most compelling body of work yet” and “a grand statement” by Rolling Stone Australia.
With a third album recorded and primed for imminent release at the beginning of 2020, Mac had what she now describes as “a bit of a meltdown”. She scrapped its lead single two weeks before release, and with it the rest of the body of work – a bold move towards a creative process without compromise. Needing some space to regain perspective, Meg moved out to Burrawang, a remote village in the Australian countryside, and began work on Matter of Time. As opposed to her pre-countryside scrapped album, the most important thing this time around would be “to mean every word I sing, to not have anything in the back of my head when I’m singing where I don’t totally love it.”
The album’s title track is the only song that survived the kill of the original album. Written by Meg and co-writer Sam De Jong (Jacob Banks, Muse, Maisie Peters), Matter of Time shows strong evidence of the cracks of confidence that had almost derailed Meg. The track begins with a lament – “I’m not great and I hate that I can’t say it” – before swelling into a rich, soaring yearning for solace. “This song is the only survivor from the album I threw away. It’s the most important song on the album and sits right between the old and the new. I find it spooky because everything I wrote came true, it was only a matter of time before I was going to snap. Somehow I knew I was about to reach breaking point and then I did.” explains Meg.
As original author of every song on her album, Meg selectively sought co-writing support to refine and heighten her storytelling in writing partners Noah Cyrus’ frequent collaborator PJ Harding, the previously mentioned Sam De Jong and with ‘Chandelier’ co-writer Jesse Shatkin. Behind the desk came production duo TheDonuts(KendrickLamar, SZA, H.E.R); playing with male vocal choirs, charmingly minimal instruments, and above all focusing in on elements of Mac’s vocals that had previously taken a back seat. You can hear the synergy across the record, from the first single ‘Is It Worth Being Sad’, the woozy unlikely jam of‘On Your Mind’, the breeziness of ‘Only Love’, and the intimacy of songs like ‘Something In The Water’ or ‘Lifesaver’.
2022 has marked a return to form for the revered Australian singer. The past six months have seen her not only release well received offerings in the album’s first four singles – but also a triumphant return to the stage with a sold out national Australian tour which ended in a mesmerizing closing night as part of this year’s Vivid Festivalat the SydneyOpera House. Mac’s shows were described as “A badass masterclass in flexing God-given talent. Meg is professionalism defined.
Meg Mac has created a body of work rich in searing honesty whilst working overtime to find her voice and be satisfied that she has made a record that flourishes without compromise. On Matter of Time, she’s finally there. “I needed a switch up to find the love for music again and it worked,” she says. “Now for the first time, I really feel in control.”
Sep. 28 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore Sep. 30 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom Oct. 1 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre Oct. 2 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater Oct. 5 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues Oct. 7 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom Oct. 8 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern Oct. 11 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall Oct. 13 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston Oct. 15 – Dallas, TX – The Echo Lounge & Music Hall Oct. 18 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre Oct. 20 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club Oct. 21 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre Oct. 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts Oct. 24 – Boston, MA – Big Night Live Oct. 26 – Toronto, ON – HISTORY Oct. 28 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues Chicago Oct. 29 – Detroit, MI – Saint Andrews Hall Oct. 31 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater