Jack's Mannequin Biography
He’s the ethereal voice, songwriting powerhouse and full-contact keyboardist behind Something Corporate, the piano-rock quintet praised by one critic for its “combination of intelligent lyrics, infectious melodies and killer piano.” Now Andrew McMahon is taking something of a spring break from the band with which he’s practically lived for the last four years in order to offer up an angst-flavored side project. In the guise of Jack’s Mannequin comes Everything in Transit (release date: 8/23/05 on Maverick Records), a highly personal theme album by McMahon and collaborators. It’s clear that, like his longtime band, McMahon’s latest venture defies an easy pigeonhole.
With Something Corporate on break, McMahon looked to bring the best of his songs together into a concept album exploring his alienating return to the hometown he left to pursue his music, and the dissolution of a long, meaningful relationship because of it. He brought his signature piano and distinctive tenor to the project, with vocals, bass and guitar offered by Something Corporate producer Jim Wirt, a friend and collaborator. McMahon and Wirt produced the album, which also features Bobby (Raw) Anderson on guitar, and Patrick Warren (who’s worked with Fiona Apple, Macy Gray and Jon Brion) with organ, strings and arrangements. Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee supplied live drums to complement samples by CJ Eiriksson, who also served as the album’s engineer.
And what does Andrew McMahon hope to accomplish with Jack’s Mannequin and Everything in Transit? A chance to vocalize a difficult period in his life, and to broaden his musical landscape. He also looks to bring fresh energy back to Something Corporate and to draw greater attention to the band. Given the musical density of this side project and his rise as a talented and iconoclastic performer, there’s no doubt Andrew McMahon will be a magnet for audience attention no matter the musical platform.
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Rawwrrrr. | Reviewer: Amanda | 4/25/09
I love Jack's Mannequin. (= I just saw them and they were totally amazing. I honestly don't think that Andrew could write a song that I didn't like. And him playing the piano.. especially with his feet.. is such a site to see. I love how he can take pain, love, and pretty much any emotion and make it sound beautiful. He's so strong and inspirational. Everybody should listen to JM and SoCo. <3
Listen | Reviewer: izzy <33 | 8/26/07
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I love jack's mannequin, i mean seriously who doesnt? i've been telling my friends and urging them to check JM out, and like, when they do , it's like" WOW ! i LOVE THAT SONG! THEY ARE SO AWESOME!" and its really cool i live in SC thats a long way from CALi. but like my friends i had a friend introduce me to JM , i really LOVE Dark Blue. I could die with that song playing. im not even kidding. Seriously lets get everyone together and make some more music. everyone will be ready.
Jack's Mannequin is amazing | Reviewer: Garrett Cooperman | 8/19/07
Andrew McMahon is punk rock's version of Jack Kerouac. He has a lyrical prowess unseen in most of the entire rock genre and his music is seamlessly paired with his words. McMahon's songs are in this album, as ever, so true to the human spirit and so powerfully natural that I can only hope that he keeps it up.
Jacks Mannequin | Reviewer: unknown | 7/5/07
I just found out about the band and right when I heard the song the mix tape, I had to listen to more. Jack's Mannequin is my favourite band and I wish they would come on tour in north America.
love.... | Reviewer: Nads | 5/21/07
in one of jacks mannequins songs called "holiday from real" theres a verse that goes "hey madeline you sure look fine you wore my favorite sweater being poor was never better a saftey buzz some cheap red wine all the trouble we could get in so lets screw this one up right." my name is nadeline so if feels like he's singigng to me... its lovely.. and andrew is amaizing!!!
yes | Reviewer: jimmy | 4/13/07
good stuff man, you guys rock, ANDREW GET BACK TOGETHER WITH SOMETHING CORPORATE PLZ!!!!!!!!!
amazing | Reviewer: stephanie | 1/30/07
jack's mannequin is amazing. and andrew mcmahon is absolutely brilliant. 5 stars!
Jacks mannequin rules | Reviewer: jessie | 9/24/06
The songs are a little bit dark but who really cares, they're good , great lyrics and a great voice. Jacks Mannequin rules
Awesome | Reviewer: Jill | 9/13/05
Awesome, Andrew's great voice and good lyrics are a GREAT mix. The sounds a bit darker than Something Corporate, but still good emo music. 5 stars!!!!!!!!!!!
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