TUNED IN to Jack's Mannequin
September 26, 2009 (WPVI) -- Our featured Tuned In band this week is Jack's Mannequin. They are an Alternative Rock band signed to Warner Brothers Reprise Records. Their lead singer, Andrew McMahon, has not only received praise for his music, but; also for inspiring others after overcoming great adversity. Just as his career was starting to take off, Andrew was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. After having a bone marrow transplant, and recovering from this, he, and his band continued to make quality music. Their positive message has been welcomed with open arms by fans around the world. An intimate documentary about their experience, entitled "Dear Jack", will be released in the near future.
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We caught up with them during a sold out show at The Susquehanna Bank Center, in Camden, NJ.
Here is their biography
Andrew McMahon's started out in music initially as the lead vocalist and pianist for the Orange County piano rock band, Something Corporate. The primary impulse behind McMahon's solo project Jack's Mannequin was a song he recorded in December 2000 titled "Locked Doors". He felt the song was too different from previous Something Corporate material to be one of their songs. He realized that if he ever decided to release it, it would be on a solo album rather than a Something Corporate record. The idea seemed outlandish until late summer of 2004 when both McMahon and his band mates were exhausted from months of touring. They decided to take a temporary break. During his time off, McMahon laid down piano and vocal tracks for a song on Hidden in Plain View's Life in Dreaming and two songs on Tommy Lee's Tommyland: The Ride.
While Something Corporate's other songwriter and lead guitarist Josh Partington created a side project of his own called Firescape, McMahon started writing his own songs. He never expected the songs to be released. McMahon took a more therapeutic approach in writing these songs, resulting in a more personal and intimate testament of his songwriting. They dealt with "coming home, and having home be way different than I had remembered it [...], abandoning a lot of people, and things, that I had normally been so attached to [...], exploring and being okay with myself, and not having to make excuses for who I am, and accepting who I am", McMahon stated in an interview. Although he just planned on recording them, the songs really began to take shape collectively. He paid for the production out of his own pocket, which ultimately led to a record deal with Maverick Records.
Their first album, titled Everything in Transit, was released in August 2005 and received a positive response from fans and critics alike. A summer tour was scheduled to support the record release, but was cancelled after McMahon was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and had a bone marrow transplant. The band began recording their second album in the summer of 2007. In August 2007, McMahon posted the lyrics to the song "Cellular Phone" on his blog,which the band played live at several shows in 2007 and 2008. Also, in February 2008, videos of live performances of two songs off the new record ("Caves" and "Suicide Blonde") were uploaded onto YouTube for public viewing. McMahon appears on the cover of Alternative Press's January 2008 issue, which contains an interview with him.
Please enjoy the performance video from his show at The Susquehanna Bank Center www.livenation.com
You are now Tuned In to Jack's Mannequin
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