Time to catch up with Jack's!
Here's a review from the Buffalo News, from Sept. 3.
Fans of the piano-rock band Something Corporate may already be familiar
with Jack's Mannequin, a new band headed by SoCo's resident pianist and
lead singer Andrew McMahon.
Jack's was formed by McMahon last year as a side project while SoCo
took a break from four years of non-stop touring. The new EP,
"Everything in Transit," details the events that took place in
McMahon's life over the past year, and the CD's insert even serves as a
storybook to enhance the songs. The tracks are also not separated by
track number, but by chapters.
The first single from "Everything in Transit," called "The Mixed Tape,"
sweetly blends McMahon's vocals and classical piano training with an
alternative rock edge and really stands out from other songs on the
album. Influenced by one of his favorite artists, the Beach Boys,
McMahon incorporates a '60s feel-good vibe to many of the songs
including "Made for Each Other," and even referencing them in the song
"Miss Delaney," by saying "She likes the Beach Boys more than radio
McMahon also brings a new and fresh sound that separates Jack's
Mannequin from his work with Soco, by incorporating unique instruments
into his arrangements that you do not hear often on an album in this
genre. The track "La La Lie" features an accordion and also a harmonica
solo in the bridge. An organ is featured in the tracks "The Mixed
Tape," "We Were Made for Each Other," "I'm Ready," and "Rescued." Other
instruments such as the trumpet, chamberlain, sleigh bells, and strings
can be found in several other tracks. Percussion is a key element in
many of the songs including "Dark Blue," and "Made For Each Other Part
2: You Can Breathe." Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is the percussionist
on seven of the 11 tracks.
Although Jack's for the most part sounds different from McMahon's work
with Soco, there are some tracks that share the unique style that he
brings to the table with SoCo. "Kill the Messenger" rings of some of
the sounds that can be found on SoCo's last EP, "North."
As for the classic piano ballad that dedicated fans have come to know
and love, it can be found in the track "Rescued." Inevitably, McMahon's
lyrics will capture the attention of his fans, whether the song reminds
them of SoCo or not.
McMahon was recently diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia at the age
of 22 and is currently being treated in Los Angeles, but he insisted
that the album still be put out on its original release date, not
wanting to disappoint his fans.
SoCo was scheduled to perform at certain venues on this years Van's
Warped Tour and Jack's at other smaller venues, but these dates were
canceled due to McMahon's illness. He is expected to make a full
recovery, and has the overwhelming support of his fans, as well as
other bands and artists. Everything from pins to rubber bracelets to
flip-flops can be purchased to support McMahon and pediatric cancer
For more information on Jack's Mannequin visit JacksMannequin.com.
"Everything in Transit" is available in a record store near you.
For more information on supporting Andrew McMahon, pediatric cancer or
leukemia research, links can be found on both JacksMannequin.com and
- Rachel Gruber