After stints fronting Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin, Andrew McMahon is striking out under his own name -- which he figures is an inevitability after all this time.
"For me it makes more sense," explains McMahon, 30, who's mid-00s battle with acute lymphoblastic lymphoma was the subject of the 2009 documentary "Dear Jack." "The idea is I am my songs. So rather than section it off into different compartments of Jack's (Mannequin) and Something Corporate and then something else, I wanted to own my songs and my music, all of it.
"I knew to some extent that Jack's (Mannequin) would be ending, so rather than go and fire up a new moniker or a new name i thought it would be smarter just to say, 'OK, well, I'm gonna be me for a second, not some brand new entity I have to introduce to the world and explain. Most of the fans are familiar with my name, I think."
McMahon, who toured earlier this year with fun. and will be on the road this summer with O.A.R., says his shows now "interweave new sons and all songs and Jack's and Something Corporate all into one place." During March he released a single, "Synesthesia," to precede his first solo EP, "The Pop Underground," that's due out later this month.
"Because I've been incubating this since September, it feels very natural to me," McMahon says. "The songs themselves have a very electronic nature to them; 'Synesthesia" is a little more tame than the other tracks. But the lyrical content feels very much like me and so honest to who I am that I don't think it will freak people out too much.
"But some of it might surprise people. I was in a mood to experiment and do things a little different than what I've done before. Hopefully that will be accepted in a good way."
Andrew McMahon, Kate Earl and Erland Wanberg perform Friday, April 5, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call 313-961-8961 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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