Jack’s Mannequin

29 10 2009

Currently I can’t stop listening to Bruised by Jack’s Mannequin. I love all of the five songs I have downloaded of theirs. I have other songs by them too, but they’re on mix cds I own. Anyway, Jack’s Mannequin is a piano rock band (according to Wikipedia). I don’t really know what I’d class them as, but I suppose that works. They are most well known for their work on One Tree Hill. Andrew McMahon (lead singer) was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia the same year that they released their first album. He has since recovered and now the band is very involved in raising money for cancer. They appeared in an episode of One Tree Hill, Just Watch the Fireworks, where they have a concert to raise money for Breast Cancer and Jack’s Mannequin is one of the acts. An actual cd was produced, Friends with Benefit, with the songs of all the artists who played at the fictional concert. Sales from that cd were also donated to The National Breast Cancer Foundation. It also doubled as the second soundtrack for the show.

Anyway, back to the band. Andrew McMahon was originally from the band Something Corporate, but then he started Jack’s Mannequin as a side project with Bobby “Raw” Anderson, Jonathan ‘Dr. J’ Sullivan and Jay McMillan. They have released two albums, Everything in Transit and The Glass Passenger (currently available at JBHIFI). They’ve also done several EPs which are worth a listen too. After the solo tour of Jack McMahon to support leukemia and promote the release of the “Dear Jack” documentary, the band will be touring with the Fray. They are busy guys, as with most musicians, who make really great music. So look at the music video for “Swim”, their newest single, it’s made with art sent in by their fans. Have a listen. Enjoy.

The Glass Passenger cd cover




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