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Andrew McMahon makes his new musical home In The Wilderness

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Andrew McMahon admits to keeping things a bit cagey about his latest musical endeavor.

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, says the former Something Corporate and Jack Mannequin's frontman, is "more a concept" than an actual band. "It helps me in a way feel a little less self-conscious about having my own on name on a record sleeve," he explains. "I think it has a lot to do with being out on my own, finally, after years of traveling under different monikers and doing a little more for myself than I had been in the early years of my career, with a major label looking after me.

"This record, both kind of on the business side and on the writing and production side, was a little bit more of an independent effort. I certainly had a lot of real collaborators with me working on both production and songwriting, but it's all under the auspices of representing me and my music, which was kind of a change."

McMahon, 32 -- whose battle against acute lymphobiastic leukemia a decade ago was chronicled in the 2009 documentary "Dear Jack" -- says that AMITW put him "in a lot of different, unique kind of uncomfortable spaces" creatively. He had spent some time writing with others, but not for his projects, which he says was a major adjustment in making the first AMITW album.

"The music I'm making at any time in my life, it's MY music, so for a long time it wasn't something I wanted to let other people into," explains McMahon, who travels on tour with his wife, Kelly, and their eight-month-old daughter Cecilia, who inspired many of the AMITW album's songs. "I think any differences you hear come from the new experiences I've been living through, the new sounds I'm playing with or old sounds I'm revisiting that add up to these (songs). It's not so much a conscious effort to be different than I've been; the big difference is you try to grow as a person, and I try to grow spiritually and sonically from record to record.

"And part of that growth this time was learning how to write in the company of others. It was an adventure. It was definitely a new experience that got me to the finish line."

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Junior Prom and Hunter Hunted

Sunday, Nov. 2. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit.

Tickets are $39.50.

Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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