Andrew McMahon has never been busier. Something Corporate will reunite after a five-year hiatus to headline Bamboozle in March and the piano playing singer/songwriter who graduated from Dana Hills High School spent last week in the recording studio with his old band mates to record fresh material for a “best of” due out it late April/early May. Meanwhile, McMahon has a national tour with his primary focus, Jack's Mannequin, that kicks off today in Seattle.
“I've been burning it at both ends so hard,” McMahon said. “I've been doing tour rehearsals for Jack's [Mannequin], cutting tracks with Something Corporate, trying to sell my house! You know what I mean? It has been pretty hectic.”
We sat down to interview and photograph McMahon Tuesday afternoon at Mates Studio in North Hollywood where Jack's Mannequin has a rehearsal space. To his publicist's surprise, McMahon informed him he would be playing a show that night at the Viper Room to prep for the upcoming tour.
“Welcome to band practice,” McMahon told the crowd shortly after taking the stage right at 10:15 p.m. as planned. He had on the same outfit he wore to his OC Weekly photo shoot. His parents, wife, and Warner Bros. rep were all in attendance as well as diehard fans who managed to purchase tickets for the sold-show show announced via Jack's Mannequin's MySpace site that morning. At the door, a mob of people were dropping names trying to gain entrance.