Paul Mac is an electronics music artist, DJ and producer who worked with a variety of Australian acts to much success. He released his first album in 2001, titled 3000 Feet High
. After listening to this, the Dissociatives
sound as if they have more of Mac’s style than Johns’s, although the latter does give the songs his characteristic voice.
The two met in 1997 when Mac remixed Silverchair‘s song Freak. Mac then began to play instruments in some Silverchair songs and appeared on stage with them on several occasions, leading to a friendship between the two. They decided to record some songs with each other, which were then released in 2000 on an EP called I Can’t Believe It’s Not Rock. Then in 2003, the duo decided to record an album together, and released The Dissociatives in 2004.
A quiet beat opens the ambient We’re Much Preferred Customers. Initial listens give the impression that little happens within the song, however, if you listen closer, you find that numerous sound effects and melodies in the background give the song a full and busy undertone. Even though I’ve never listened to this song until this year, it sounds so nostalgic as it captures the sounds typical of early 2000s music.