Episode 023: Andrew McMahon
This week, I sit down with Emmy-nominated songwriter Andrew McMahon to chat about his new project, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. In high school, McMahon and friends formed Something Corporate, a piano-pop group that would go on to be at the forefront of the early 2000s pop-punk/emo scenes and release two albums for major label MCA Records: 2002’s Leaving Through the Window and 2003’s North. After SoCo dissolved, McMahon formed Jack’s Mannequin, releasing the instant classic Everything In Transit in 2005 along with two other albums.
These days, he’s a solo artist, mixing his love for classic songwriters like Billy Joel, Tom Petty and Bruce Hornsby with electronic elements to create a sound that’s retro and modern at the same time. His debut solo full-length, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, was released this past October through Vanguard Records. I caught up with Andrew at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC to chat about writing songs for TV, transitioning to this new phase in his career, how he plans to celebrate Everything In Transit‘s upcoming 10-year anniversary and much more.