“People and Things,” the third album from Jack’s Mannequin, isn’t due out until Oct. 4, but founder and leader Andrew McMahon promises fans can count on hearing at least some of its 11 songs when the group plays at the Fillmore Detroit.
“We’ve been playing a lot of them already,” says McMahon, 28, who formed Jack’s Mannequin in 2005, originally as a side project from the now on-hiatus Something Corporate. “We learned them all before we left for this tour, and then we’ll put one up at a sound check and put it in the show that night.
“We’ve probably done half the record already. Some are a little trickier than others, so they take a little more time to get in shape. But we’re definitely digging into the record.”
McMahon acknowledges that it took some digging just to make “People and Things.” He started making it in 2009 with one producer, then shifted gears in the summer of 2010, scrapping the original sessions — which he expects to still release at some point — writing more songs and completing the album with other producers and a variety of additional players abetting the regular band lineup of McMahon and veteran members Bobby “Raw” Anderson and Jay McMillan (bassist Mikey “The Kid” Wagner joined in 2010).
“On the other albums ... I’d go in with a song, sit down at the piano, record piano and vocal and then build a track around that,” McMahon explains. “I think I sort of evolved and realized along the way I had this amazing band I’d been playing with. I wanted people to hear what that sounded like on a record.
“So what the record needed was really different than what we had at the beginning, but I’m glad we took the time to go back and do it right.”
Jack’s Mannequin and Guster perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $40.50 and $30.50. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.livenation.com.
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