Why start recording under your own name after all these years?
The whole transition form Jack’s Mannequin to Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness was a combination of things. Shutting Jack’s down was more about trying to unlock some of the history that was attached to Jack’s. Having gotten sick during the making of the first record and having two follow up albums being the part of that recovery, it felt like it was time to begin something new.
Is the ‘in the Wilderness’ part literal or abstract?
When I started writing the record I moved into this little shack without running water in Topanga Canyon. I basically brought my keyboard with me and would spend five days a week, from morning to night, playing the piano.
Your new single “Cecilia and the Satellite” is inspired by your daughter, who was born this in February. Was she a big influence on the album?
Most of the record was written while my wife was pregnant and then a few of the songs came once Cecilia was here. In some of these songs, there’s an essence of anticipation for not just a baby, but also a change in my life. I think there’s a combination of things that happened. The single is a good example of a global expression on the record and saying goodbye to things from the past while getting myself into a place for the future.
Seems a little silly to vote against Ben Folds, but if brackets are your thing… here’s one for voting your favorite keyboardist.
East Coast, here are more fall headline dates! Hunter Hunted & Junior Prom will help start the shows, pre-sale 8/20 at 10am local & on sale Friday at 10am local
11/7 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
11/8 - Hartford, CT @ The Webster
11/11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Music Hall (Dear Jack Benefit Show)
11/12 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
11/14 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory
11/15 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
Dear Jack Foundation Founder Andrew McMahon (formerly of Jack’s Mannequin & Something Corporate) tells you how you can get involved as a DJF team member at this year’s The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Light The Night Walks. Join us as we reach for the half-million mark in cumulative funds raised over the 9 years we’ve participated in LTN! http://pages.lightthenight.org/2014/dearjackfoundation