I was saddened to hear of the passing of Andrew “Mac” MacCaskill founding member of VOOM – who passed away at 3.05am on 13 September. He was aged 49.
Mac and Buzz Moller founded Voom in the early nineties, working away on music in their basement for years before they let anyone hear a thing. Danny Manetto (now drummer of Drop Dead Redhead) joined the band and they played many venues around New Zealand before releasing the highly acclaimed debut album ‘Now I Am Me’ in 1998. Songs like ‘Beth’, ‘Relax’, ‘Sad Surf Scenario’ and the title tune, were all student radio favourites.
Voom shows grew larger and larger; a particular highlight was performing in support of Pulp at the North Shore Events Centre.
Mac is the drummer in this clip of their classic King Kong.
Various tensions within the band caused Manetto and Macaskill to depart Voom. Buzz continued the band with Goodshirt members Mike Beehre and Murray Fisher and Lil’ Chief collaborater Nick Buckton.
REST IN PEACE, Mac.
23 June 1963 – 13 Sept 2012
In lieu of flowers, family and loved ones have aked you make a donation to Mercy Hospice.
A service for Mac will be held on Tuesday 18 September, 3pm at Purewa All Saints Crematorium Chapel, 100 St Johns Road, Meadowbank.