April 24, 2017

#MusicMonday: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness Gets "So Close" with Concertgoers at Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale

Piano jumping and throwback songs were just Andrew McMahon's segue into pool inflatables and a massive rainbow parachute at Saturday night's show at Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale. The Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin frontman has been on tour with supporting artists Atlas Genius and Night Riots for the last month promoting his latest release, Zombies on Broadway. The album follows his self-titled album released in 2014 and is the second LP in his solo catalog.

Night Riots, a five-piece indie rock band from San Luis Obispo, CA, took the stage promptly at 7:30 and brought the new wave vibes with their seven-song set, down to the stage show and a cover of U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday." Vocalist Travis Hawley threw himself on the floor more than once, and the elaborate "drum off" between all five members, complete with light up drumsticks, captured the crowd's attention. Their responsiveness had a profound effect on Hawley, who appeared on the verge of tears before the band launched into their latest single, "Breaking Free." They wrapped their set with their biggest hit to date, the viral, as-80s-as-it-gets, "Contagious."

Atlas Genius, a three-piece straight from Australia, really kicked it up live, which came as somewhat of a surprise considering that their recorded songs are on the more mellow side. They opened with 2013's hot single, "If So," and things got pretty heavy with "Stockholm," up next. The strongest song in their set was probably their most recent single, "Molecules," a catchy, almost electronic-sounding track from last year's Inanimate Objects, the band's second LP. They rounded out their set with an unexpected, but well-done, cover of Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)."

It didn't seem possible that the packed venue could handle any more screaming or dancing, but that was "Shot Out of a Cannon" when McMahon finally took the stage around 9:00, immediately launching into the catchy "oh"-based refrain of "Fire Escape." It only got more electric when he jumped into the crowd from time to time. Of the 20 songs in his set, nearly half were off of February's release, Zombies on Broadway, though OG McMahon fans were treated to piano-laden "Dark Blue," nostalgia-inducing "I Woke Up In a Car," and tongue-in-cheek "Holiday From Real."

It was apparently a night for cover songs because McMahon launched into Springsteen's "I'm on Fire" after commenting on the sweatiness of the venue (anyone in attendance can confirm this). At some point before or after this, McMahon crowd surfed (swam?) on a giant inflatable duck. The last song in the set before the three-song encore was "Synesthesia," which, as anyone who watched him open for Panic! at the Disco last summer would know, would not be complete without a display of color; a huge, rainbow-colored parachute was rolled out over the crowd, and being underneath when the lights lit up around it and McMahon walked through really was akin to "flying for a while."

"Cecilia and the Satellite," a song dedicated to McMahon's daughter and his biggest single as a solo artist to date, ended his set, as did another crowd surf on an inflatable flamingo. In this song, as in every song he writes, McMahon's passion is incredibly raw. When he talks about his music and the inspiration behind his songs and lyrics, anyone can tell that he is completely dedicated to, and thankful for, what he does. And that's no "La La Lie."


  1. I love Fire Escape and Cecilia and the Satellite!

    1. This was the third time I've seen Andrew perform in the last year, and he consistently puts on a good show!


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