Jack’s Mannequin

Jack’s Mannequin

Jack’s Mannequin will release their second album ‘The Glass Passenger’ on March 9th on Warner Bros. Records / Sire. The album follows the 2005 debut ‘Everything in Transit’ and represents their first album release in the UK.

After his band Something Corporate decided to take a break in the summer of 2004, Andrew McMahon found himself writing a batch of confessional piano-driven songs that explored his return home to Orange County and his attempt to reconnect with the people he had alienated when he left to tour with Something Corporate. With the help of several musician friends (which included Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee), McMahon began recording the album ‘Everything in Transit’ under the moniker Jack’s Mannequin.

In June 2005, the day he finished mastering the last song, then 22-year-old McMahon was diagnosed with leukaemia. He was forced to postpone all music-related activities and immediately undergo chemotherapy, which led to a bout with pneumonia that nearly killed him. Two months later, ‘Everything in Transit’ hit the Top 40 of the Billboard album chart. After going into remission following a stem-cell transplant from his sister, McMahon was able to make a full recovery.

Produced by McMahon alongside Jim Wirt (Incubus) and recorded over the course of the past two years, ‘The Glass Passenger’ highlights McMahon’s positive, infectious songwriting that blends influences from classic radio rock, emo and piano-based balladry. Standout tracks include the memorable hook of ‘The Resolution’, the propulsive ‘Spinning’ and the expansive closing track ‘Caves’.

“’The Glass Passenger’ is not about recovering from cancer, it’s just about recovering. I was trying to use the music to sort through and reconcile with the adversity of my past,” says McMahon. “The completion of this album and its release represents the closing of a chapter. It was a difficult time, but also one of immense hope. It was during this period that my music and my life were the most seamlessly bound together – a truth that makes the album’s release far more pleasing for me than most could ever imagine.”

Since the release of ‘Everything in Transit’, Jack’s Mannequin embarked upon the ‘Tour For The Cure’ that raised $125,000 to benefit The Dear Jack Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by McMahon to fund cancer research. In addition, they’ve also played Lollapalooza, the Vans Warped Tour and Coachella, as well as a summer tour with Paramore.

Jack’s Mannequin will play their debut UK shows in March at London’s King’s College (10th) and Manchester Academy (11th).