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Something Corporate

Of the myriad young alt-rock bands to arise in the early 2000s, Something Corporate stood out with their piano-fueled songcraft and crossover potential. On one hand, the bandmembers were barely out of high school when Drive-Thru Records signed them, which helped Something Corporate connect with a large audience of West Coast teenage hipsters looking for a band to claim as their own. On the other hand, the band didn't play punk rock; they played polished, literate, radio-ready alt-rock -- a marketable sound that MCA recognized just before connecting with the band for a debut EP, Audioboxer. Released in late 2001, Audioboxer featured only six songs yet showcased the band's promise as it synthesized alt-rock guitar crunch with a bit of impassioned, emo-styled songwriting. It also didn't hurt that the band boasted a bona fide poster boy in songwriter/pianist/vocalist Andrew McMahon, a blossoming talent who would later launch his own act, Jack's Mannequin.

Before the Orange County band became Something Corporate, McMahon, drummer Brian Ireland, and bassist Clutch played in a different ground that they'd formed for a high-school "battle of the bands" competition. Although they won the battle, the band didn't last very long. McMahon then met guitarist Josh Partington at a high-school party; with a renewed sense of enthusiasm, the teens started jamming together as Something Corporate. They soon added guitarist William Tell and began playing local clubs, which eventually lead to one-off gigs opening for bands like Sugar Ray and Better Than Ezra.

Drive-Thru noticed the buzz and came knocking. Even though the label was known primarily as a youth punk label -- and Something Corporate were far from that -- the partnership made sense; Drive-Thru recognized the band's potential as a crossover act and Something Corporate recognized the label's reputation as a respected indie. MCA then came into the picture primarily as a distributor, though the major label did use its clout to market the band. Their summer-tinged debut album, Leaving Through the Window, shared both label's logos and appeared in spring 2002. Subsequent touring followed before the group's somewhat darker sophomore effort, North, was issued in October 2003.

Guitarist William Tell amicably left the group in early 2004 to work on solo material, shortly before Something Corporate headed out on a nationwide co-headlining tour with Yellowcard. Bob Anderson (formerly of River City High) replaced Tell on the tour, allowing the band to replicate many of the album's vocal harmonies in a live setting. A concert DVD entitled Live at the Ventura Theater was released in November 2004, featuring the band's revised lineup.

A hiatus followed, during which McMahon returned to California and launched his solo project, Jack's Mannequin. The first Mannequin record came out in mid-2005, but a supporting tour was canceled after McMahon was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in June. He went through treatment; by the year's end, he had recovered from a successful bone marrow transplant from his sister. McMahon then turned his full attention to the Jack's Mannequin project, whose debut album, Everything in Transit, had broken into the Billboard Top 40. Another Jack's Mannequin album arrived in 2008, leaving Something Corporate's future undecided, although the band did return in 2010 with a brief reunion tour. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi
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High school and early 20s, Konstantine all time favorite but spend countless hours falling asleep to Something Corporate for the past 12 years
My high school was spent listening to Something Corporate... love.
Konstantine will forever be my favorite ��
Cavanaugh Park is the shiiiiii.... . Something Corporate saves!!! what a band
Konstantine defines highschool for me
djvalentine9 2
@defy_gravit y
You mean to tell me that you were born when they released their first album in 2001? That's crazy.
Loving this song & band;)
I love this band! I'm younger than most of their fans but I love Andrew and I got to meet him last year when I turned 11 greatest day of my life and I love jacks mannequin amazing
Love these guys, got to meet andrew mcmahon, clutch, and the rest of them at Duquesne University back in 2004. By far one of the best shows I have ever been to hands down. These guys can really get a crowd going.
It's funny to think a year ago I was backstage at Ellie Goulding and Andrew,Mike & I were dancing like idiots.
Something Corporate has a place in my heart now and always. Miss you guys and wish you well. Great music, great memories!
I MISS THEM SO MUCH! Andrew McMahon is my hero... I absolutely love him. Too bad he's married!!!!!
Aboslutely crazy about them. Have been since 2002
I can't decide if I like them or not. They sound like every other boy band but yet there is something diffrent :)
People used to mistake me for Andrew McMahon. I wish I was half the songwriter he is.
This sounds like a corporation pumped it out. Lame. Disliking now.
are these guys still around at all? o the days...
I can honestly say I've been obsessed since fourth grade. I'm in tenth grade now and i still since fourth grade listen to Konstantine every night before I fall asleep. I wish I could just meet Andrew.
I like "If You See Jordan", but what else have they done?
abgunz
Love this band sooooooo much! xoxo :)
I love SoCo. A few years back I could honestly claim to have been to every one of their concerts in my area...then I had a baby. I still love them.
Hmmmm I do not like...
I LOVE SOMETHING CORPORATE!
rodone17
Awesome sound
they are un real
konstantine. . . . b e s t crying song ever!
Konstantine makes me think of high school believing that life then was the epitome of hard.
epicdc
And then they arrived in 2010 at Bamboozle!!! !
I wish the hay day of emo/punk rock (2001-2004) would come back...It was a good time for music
theresa.fitz p a t r i c k
Love them!
leyanadessau e r
i can't decide whether i like something corporate or jack's mannequin better-usual l y jack's mannequin, i think. but konstantine is probably the best song he ever sung, period. i can't stop listening to it. :) it's like a piece of life all wrapped up in a song, and i love that it's almost 10 minutes long, so you can really get immersed in the sound. it's my new/current favorite song, and i think it will be for quite a while.
so glad i found both both bands-gonna keep listening to both!
im with everybody else on this one. konstantine makes me feel funny. the pianos are so beautiful... i have probably listened to it about 3000 times haha
argitsabby
I wish Andrew would put on a tour reuniting Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin and play a back to back set. I would LOVE it. Saw them twice last year, died both times. We're getting married. :D
newberrygirl m a d d y
I agree...I ♥ Konstantine. BEST SONG EVER
guitargurl10 8 7 6
Konstantine is SC's best song... but generally I prefer Jack's Mannequin. Love Andrew though.
rae_of_the_s t a g e
jack's mannequin is better, the exception that proves that solo acts suck compared to the band they were in (that and john lennon, realy can't say that he was worse than the beatles...)
daniel.lebla n c 8 8
heard good things about this band, but the song "I want to save you" is terrible....
yeah me too haha......
I was wondering why this band sounded almost the same as Jack's Mannequin and now it just makes more sense...
chrysaizawso m e
ehh they are okay
What about Ready...Brea k , their true debut album??
I wish they still toured...I want to see them again.
andrew mcmahon is a genius.
They were amazing, I saw them in concert a few times and once in Cali with Jacks Mannequin! F**KING AMAZING!!!
i miss them too
something corporate is definately the best band EVER!!!
junkfood1992
i miss something corporate :(
love them!
klitten
amazing
wish you guys were back together :/
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