Show Review: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness at the Electric Factory [11/21]

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness performed Friday, November 21st at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. It was my first change to see him perform live. I was first introduced to Andrew’s music through Jack’s Mannequin (and most likely thanks to One Tree Hill). I’ve been following him since, and was excited to finally see him live.

Junior Prom and Hunter Hunted opened, however, I didn’t arrive until the tail end of Hunter Hunted’s set. I noticed the crowd seemed to be into it and I’ve added them to my list of artists to check out. After the usual set up time of around 30 minutes, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness took the stage and opened up with “Canyon Moon” – a great choice. The crowd immediately was stoked and got right into dancing and singing along. And with the great pop music Andrew makes, it’s really hard not to get into it. I was in awe right from the start. To follow, they went into “Dark Blue,” which would be the first of several Jack’s Mannequin songs for the night. I was a bit surprised he played this song so soon, but was not surprised he would be playing the song.

Of the 10 songs on Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, all but two made the 20-song setlist, including the 3 encore songs. This gave the concert a fantastic variety of all of Andrew’s projects over the years. Personally, this was great because I had never seen him, but I was still able to hear the songs like “Dark Blue” and “Bruised” that made me fall in love with his music. I’ll admit, I haven’t listened to Something Corporate maybe as much as I should. After hearing songs like “Cavanaugh Park” and “I Woke Up In A Car,” I’ll definitely be listening to that band a whole lot more.

Only one song was performed off of The Pop Underground and that song was “Synesthesia.” This was the final song once they came back for the encore, and I found that to be interesting. I would have rather seen a song from the new album be performed since that was the reason for them being out on tour. I felt that the EP wasn’t received well enough (not that it was bad, I quite enjoyed it) to close with a song off that instead of any other projects. All in all, I’m extremely glad I finally saw Andrew McMahon perform live and had a great time at the show.

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