Damned if Andrew McMahon didn’t turn 40 last fall. It seems like yesterday we were crammed into some Orange County space hearing him searching for the “Punk Rock Princess” to his garage-band king as frontman of Something Corporate.
Somehow, the singer-songwriter, now DBA as Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, can still dial in to supercharged young love. “Lying on the Hood of Your Car” is his new makeout anthem, and the single that introduces the new album, “Tilt at The Wind No More.”
It’s his fourth full-length (and first for Nettwerk) as Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, and it’s out March 31. Produced by Tommy English and Jeremy Hatcher, the album includes previously released singles such as “VHS,” “Skywriting” and “Stars.”
Jax Anderson directs the video for “Lying on the Hood,” which stars Boston Anderson and Matt DiNaso as a couple in the throes.
“For me, this song is pure nostalgia,” McMahon says. “I made a conscious decision when I was writing it to imagine a whole world of important figures in my life lying next to me on the hood of that imagined vehicle. In one breath it’s a song about young love and in another it’s about those nights out with friends. Nights that ended in parking lot conversations about lives you might lead one day and places you might escape to if you could. I rarely build imagined worlds when I write songs but something about this one feels very much like a memory to me.”
McMahon has a couple cozy local shows schedule to celebrate the album’s release in March. He’s also playing Bonaroo for the first time this summer. And Something Corporate gets together to play October’s When We Were Young festival in Las Vegas.
||| Watch: The video for “Lying on the Hood of Your Car”