Jack’s Mannequin was an American rock band formed in 2004, hailing from Orange County, California. The band originally began as a solo project for Andrew McMahon, the frontman of Something Corporate. The band was signed to Maverick Records and released Everything in Transit in August 2005, peaking at 37 on the Billboard 200.
According to Kaj Roth of Melodic, Everything in Transit is a concept album, which deals with Andrew McMahon‘s “alienating return to the hometown he left to pursue his music, and the dissolution of a long, meaningful relationship because of it.” The songs were written during his first summer in years outside of Something Corporate, which McMahon spent scribbling lyrics accompanied by drawings into a private sketchbook, selected pages of which can be accessed through a web-link to a secret homepage on the enhanced CD portion of the album. The song meanings are at times more cryptic than one might be used to from McMahon’s Something Corporate songs, as the lyrics describe a more personal view on feelings and situations and all take advantage of a first person’s narrative style.
The project took almost two years from the first songs being written and recorded to the final product hitting the music store shelves. McMahon spent more than $40,000 of his own savings on the production, before being picked up by Maverick Records.
McMahon has stated “Bruised” to be his favorite song on the record. Bruised is also featured on the compilation Punk Goes Acoustic 2.
When first written, the song “La La Lie” was originally titled “West Coast Winter” and featured a different chorus. The original demo was released in late 2006 on the band’s website. Part of its lyrics had since been adapted in “The Lights and Buzz”.
“Dark Blue” was the last song recorded for the CD. It is about the months McMahon and his fiancée (now wife) spent separated from one another. The song title is in reference to a blue lightbulb used in the bedroom he shared with her in their Arizona home. The Something Corporate song “She Paints Me Blue” is taken from the same idea.
“Kill the Messenger” was the first song to be released from the band, available on the Drive-Thru Records and PureVolume compilation Bands You Love, Have Heard of, and Should Know.
The final chorus of track 10, “MFEO”, repeatedly picks up the line “Where are you now?” with the same intonation as earlier on in the song “The Mixed Tape”, which in a way bookends the album.
The bonus track “Into the Airwaves” deals with a long-distance relationship, that is bridged by McMahon “slipping into the airwaves”. Ironically, the individual McMahon wrote the song about moved back to California before he even recorded the song
1. “Holiday from Real” – 2:58
2. “The Mixed Tape” – 3:14
3. “Bruised” – 4:02
4. “I’m Ready” – 3:55
5. “La La Lie” – 3:54
6. “Dark Blue” – 4:11
7. “Miss Delaney” – 3:44
8. “Kill the Messenger” – 3:24
9. “Rescued” – 3:56
10. “MFEO Pt 1 – Made for Each Other – 2:28
11. “MFEO Pt 2 – You Can Breathe” – 4:12
12. “Into the Airwaves” – 4:07
13. “Lonely For Her” – 3:29
All tracks written by Andrew McMahon.
- Andrew McMahon – piano, vocals, organ, bells, harmonica, keyboards, hand percussion, Wurlitzer
- Robert Anderson – guitar, backup vocals
- Brian Coffman – guitar
- CJ Eiriksson – programming, drums
- Tommy Lee – drums
- Jay McMillan – drums
- Patrick Warren – chamberlin, moog, melodica, samples, accordion, string and horn samples, organ
- Terry Wilson – sitar
- Jim Wirt – guitar, bass, backup vocals
- Josh Berry – piano, kazoo
Released: August 23, 2005
Recorded at: Studio 4th Street Recording, Santa Monica, California
Genre: Alternative rock
Label – Maverick Records