As frontman for SoCal piano rock outfit Something Corporate, singer/pianist Andrew McMahon quickly earned the reputation of being one of the nicest guys in the punk/emo scene and an incredibly talented musician on top of that (whether SoCo musically deserved to be lumped into that category is up for debate). When Something Corporate took a break in 2004, McMahon ventured out on his own, creating Jack’s Mannequin, a poppier, sunnier version of SoCo that allowed him to delve into his love of the sounds of the Beach Boys and pen melodic, more piano-centric rock music.
With his side project, McMahon not only writes music that provides a soundtrack to life, he writes music that changes lives, as well.
Just over a year ago, he had a life-changing experience of his own. Jack’s Mannequin had recently finished recording a debut album when he started feeling ill. Too weak and sick to play, he cancelled a few shows in May and went to a doctor. He was diagnosed with leukemia. McMahon’s family, friends, fans, and community were dumbfounded and heartbroken by the news and an outpouring of love and support came from all directions.
McMahon took strength in that and underwent chemotherapy. The same day of Jack’s Mannequin’s debut, Everything in Transit (Maverick), came out last August, he underwent a bone marrow transplant.
Now back in strong health, he’s ready to take the guys in Jack’s Mannequin — bassist Jon Sullivan, guitarist Jacques Brautbar (ex-Phantom Planet), and drummer Jay McMillan (ex-River City High) — back on tour, bringing their dazzling live show to cities across the country. McMahon is a true performer, singing his heart out and climbing on his piano as though it were a jungle gym. He can convincingly go from an energetic pop ditty to a slow piano ballad without missing a beat, all the while leaving his audience mesmerized. No doubt Charleston will feel the same way.
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