"I really wanted to own my career. It never felt right to play Jack's Mannequin songs at Something Corporate shows, or vice versa," he said in a phone interview.
While Something Corporate was harder-edged than the piano-driven Jack's Mannequin, McMahon said, "I've always had the same approach to songwriting. It's never been project-driven."
Besides striking out on his own, McMahon also is celebrating eight years in remission from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He turned 30 in September and said it was a milestone. "It did mean something to me," McMahon said of his birthday. "If you look at my 20s, it was turbulent."
But with a six-piece band, he is ready for the next stage of his career. "In some senses, I'm starting over," McMahon said. "Hopefully it's not all uphill."
When • Thursday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m.Where • In The Venue, 579 W. 200 South, Salt Lake CityTickets • $25 in advance, $28 day of, at SmithsTix and 24Tix