Using words like that to describe the end of Jack’s Mannequin is just misleading. You’re giving people the impression Andrew has retired and will no longer be making music: false. This man will always make music one way or another. Also “broke up” would indicate these four dudes will not play together again, or that the end of Jack’s somehow has to do with the 4 musicians playing in it: also false. As far as Andrew is concerned, he will continue playing with Bobby, Jay and Mikey for as long as they’ll want to keep playing with him.
So lets put this in perspective:
Andrew is a story-teller. In SoCo we heard the story of his coming-of-age, of beginning life as an independent man, of experiencing adult life for the first time. In Jack’s we got a different story. The story of a young adult who tries to mend everything that has broken or gone astray: from his relationship to his body to his own mind. That story, too, is over. So just like Andrew has closed the book on SoCo (lets face it, the chances of a new SoCo album happening equal to the chances of Andrew playing Konstantine every single show he’ll play from here on out - we want it to happen, but we’re not too optimistic), he has closed the book on Jack’s Mannequin.
Jack’s Mannequin is merely a chapter in Andrew’s life that is closed. And now, after he experienced adulthood, fucked it all up, and fixed it up again, he’s ready to go on the next chapter, under his own name. So lets change the terminology around, okay?
I’m not saying you can’t be bummed that the Jack’s chapter in Andrew’s life has ended. I’m bummed too because I never got to experience this chapter live on tour, but put it in perspective. These songs will still be there. He will still play them. And just like he wrote songs that were relevant and real and comforting to you in the past, he will continue writing songs like that and better in the future.
PS: Also, no more “RIP”, the band is not dead. Andrew and the other three guys are alive and kicking. And hopefully, they will not rest in peace but rather continue rocking out.