Saturday, October 10, 2015

We are very sad to write that our generous friend, Stooges/Femmes sax-man Steve Mackay has died. Gutted, and gutted for his band-brother Watt. Two distinct memories of Steve are him taking a knee during our wild gig in '06 to stare closely at Jake's playing during each guitar solo as if he wanted to put his mouth right on the end of the firehose. The other is bursting into joyous uncontrollable laughter in the middle of a take when recording Steve's parts on 'Click to Switch' - Hearing him playing in the room, the sound it made, the richness, tone & expression of his improvise was mind-blowing. He seemed to understand our song more than we did. Hearing it coming together right before me, pretty much at the first take, was overwhelming. I lost it, laughing. Thanks for these joys and so many more Steve (thankfully lots are on tape!). We'll miss you.