Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness Releases New Single “Stars”

August 22, 2022 BY Claire Julian

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness has released his new single “Stars” via Nettwerk, marking the veteran indie-pop singer-songwriter-pianist’s first new music for this year and first release on his new label home. The jubilant track, featuring Los Angeles singer-songwriter Ella Vos on backup vocals and produced by Tommy English (Kacey Musgraves, K.Flay, Børns) and Jeremy Hatcher (Harry Styles, Maggie Rogers, Lizzo) alongside McMahon, is about loving someone for all of their baggage, beauty and everything in between.

PRESS HERE to listen to “Stars” and PRESS HERE to watch the song’s official music video, directed and animated by Neta Ben Ezra.

“I do love the imagery in the chorus of stars falling through a rooftop. I always see imagery like the kids book The Little Prince,” shares McMahon. “The song is really about how loving someone can be both beautiful and painful. How the hardships and joy visited upon the person you love become your own. When you really love someone, you love them baggage and all. ‘The stars that fell for you left holes in my roof.’ ‘They fell for you and I’m falling too.’ The genesis of this song is mapped out in the first verse. A night of drinking, a misunderstanding in a bar, and everything that follows. Some of my best love songs find me in the morning after an argument. When the dust settles and you realize you’re still in love with all the messiness and good and thank god you’re loved the same.”

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – featuring McMahon (lead vocals, piano), Bobby Anderson (guitar), Jay McMillan (drums), Mikey Wagner (bass) and Zac Clark (keys) – is currently in the midst of a co-headlining summer tour with Dashboard Confessional. The Hello Gone Days Tour, already hailed as “one of the best concert experiences of your life,” continues tonight in Baltimore, with stops remaining in Charlotte, Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Denver, Salt Lake City, Seattle, San Francisco, and more, before wrapping on September 7th in Phoenix. Then, Andrew will celebrate his 40th birthday back home in Southern California on September 9th at the House of Blues in Anaheim for a special bash featuring The Juliana Theory and some very special surprise guests. See below for full list of upcoming tour dates and visit https://andrewmcmahon.com/pages/tour for all ticketing details and to purchase.

Over the last two decades, Andrew McMahon has successfully experienced musical rebirth many times and has consistently arrived on the other side stronger than ever. The East Coast-born, SoCal-based artist first co-founded the pop-punk outfit Something Corporate in 1998, serving as the group’s singer, pianist, and songwriter and leading the band to major chart success in the early 2000s via the albums Leaving Through The Window (2002) and North (2004). Soon after, McMahon resurfaced with the more personal solo project Jack’s Mannequin, finding success through three studio albums, with the second (The Glass Passenger, 2008) and third (People and Things, 2011) entering the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart and their debut, Everything In Transit (2005), reaching Gold status. In 2014, McMahon released his debut album under his own name and new moniker, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, featuring the breakout top 5 alternative radio singles “Cecilia and the Satellite” and “Fire Escape.” Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness has since released the hook-packed albums Zombies On Broadway (2017) and Upside Down Flowers (2018), amassing over 275 million total streams to date, performing at such marquee festivals as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Riot Fest, and Firefly, and touring alongside the likes of Weezer, Panic! at the DiscoGavin DeGraw, and Allen Stone as well as one of McMahon’s idols, Billy Joel, who he recently opened for on select dates this summer. McMahon has also sold nearly 2.5 million albums across all of his musical projects, received an Emmy nomination for his work on the NBC show “Smash,” and released his memoir Three Pianos in October 2021.

Additionally, McMahon and his nonprofit charity, the Dear Jack Foundation, recently announced the 13th Annual Dear Jack Benefit will take place this year on November 11th at the House of Blues in Chicago. Tickets for the event sold out immediately. Founded in 2006 after Andrew survived his own battle with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), the Dear Jack Foundation provides impactful programming that directly benefits adolescent and young adults diagnosed with cancer in order to improve quality of life and create positive health outcomes from treatment to survivorship for patients and their families. For more information or to donate, visit: www.dearjackfoundation.org.

ANDREW MCMAHON TOUR DATES
Hello Gone Days with Dashboard Confessional

August 17 – Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion ^
August 19 – Doswell, VA @ Meadow Event Park ^
August 20 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre ^
August 21 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle ^
August 22 – St. Petersburg, FL @ 97X Shindig at Jannus Live ~
August 24 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater ^
August 26 – Dallas, TX @ Southside Ballroom ^
August 27 – Tulsa, OK @ Tulsa Theater ^
August 29 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium +
August 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex – Rockwell +
September 1 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo +
September 2 – Forest Grove, OR @ Grand Lodge +
September 4 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic +
September 5 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre +
September 7 – Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre +

^ Cartel supporting
+ The Juliana Theory supporting
~ without Dashboard Confessional

Andrew’s 40th Birthday Bash w/ special guests

September 9 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues

Headlining Show

October 18 – Honolulu, HI @ Blue Note Hawaii

13th Annual Dear Jack Benefit

November 11 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues