Who is Andrew McMahon?
Andrew McMahon has been in the music business since 1998. He is an American singer-songwriter and producer. McMahon is an incredible live performer, where he spends most of his time on the piano during his live shows. Since he has been active since 1998, he has been apart of a few different projects, and he has a handful of dedicated fans.
Andrew McMahon – Something Corporate
Something Corporate was McMahon’s first project. Comprised of Josh Partington and Reuben Hernandez (later replaced by William Tell) on guitar, Kevin Page on bass, and Brian Ireland on drums, SoCo was the kick starter for each of their careers, for they all still work in the music business. SoCo was a pop-punk, alternative rock group who was finding their roots. They found minor success with a 10 and a half minute ballad called “Konstantine” from their independently released EP Ready… Break. The song was recorded live, and was only supposed to be four or five minutes long, but during the live show McMahon kept going, singing new verses as he went along. The story the song tells transcended to their listeners. It’s about a first love, and how the love McMahon has for her will always be there, she was always be his “Konstantine.” Even today, McMahon gets heckled at his shows to play this song. Because of the length, he only performs it about once or twice a year.
SoCo disbanded in 2004, which is when McMahon launched his side project, Jack’s Mannequin.
The reason for the split of SoCo, was because their contract with their label ended in 2004. McMahon wrote a song called “Locked Doors” which inspired his second project, Jack’s Mannequin. He felt as if the song was too different from other SoCo songs and that if he ever wanted to release it, it wouldn’t be with SoCo, thus, Jack’s Mannequin was born.
The inspiration for the name of the band comes from a track called “Dear Jack.” In 2009, McMahon released a documentary under the same name, where he documented his battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. McMahon began the Dear Jack Foundation, which helps fight against adolescent and young adult cancer.
Jack’s Mannequin strayed from the pop-punk scene, and moved into full on alternative rock. Their first album, Everything in Transit, was released in 2005, featuring their most popular songs, “Dark Blue” and “The Mixed Tape.” “Dark Blue” went gold around eight years since it’s initial release. The songs McMahon wrote for this project were more emotional and vulnerable than those of SoCo. He wrote from a place of things being different than he remembered, and a place of change and acceptance of himself. The most powerful music is music that relates to people, and that’s exactly what the music of Jack’s Mannequin does. His fans from SoCo continued to support him.
Jack’s Mannequin – Andrew McMahon (piano), Jay McMillan (drums)
Jack’s Mannequin released one EP and three studio albums, with each one getting more popular than the last on the BillBoard 200. Their full discography is as follows: People in Transit (2005), The Glass Passenger (2008), The Dear Jack EP (2009), People And Things (2011). The albums grew and matured with McMahon as a writer.
In September of 2012, Jack’s Mannequin played their last show together (besides the Everything in Transit 10 year tour). McMahon would then move on to his third and current project.
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
McMahon’s third project began in 2014. The self titled album was his biggest release to date. The indie pop and alternative rock album is loved by many, including myself. The track “Fire Escape” peaked at #4 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, and “Cecelia and the Satellite” peaking at #5. This is his most popular project, and more and more people are falling in love with him and his music. With this endeavor, McMahon toured with Weezer and Panic! At The Disco during the summer of 2016. His second album, Zombies on Broadway, was released in 2017.
Andrew McMahon is a fluid artist, continually changing and not afraid to try new things, and part with what is old. He has been popular since 1998, and he will continue to stay relevant.