13 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jukebox the Ghost has built a rabid fan base with relentless touring and creative songcraft, working in a pop construct that often has a difficult time breaking out of its somewhat restrictive milieu (bands like Barenaked Ladies and They Might Be Giants live there). With Ben Thornewill’s easy vocals and dexterous piano skill, their songs gurgle and bubble with charm and wit, and though it’s a relentlessly sunny world they live in, the trio skirts saccharine tones in favor of more thoughtful ones. On Everything Under the Sun, Jukebox the Ghost’s second full-length, the band’s sound is more fully realized, more rounded: standout tunes like “Schizophrenia” and “Empire” feel like cousins to Death Cab for Cutie (due in large part to Thornewill’s voice), while tracks like “Summer Sun” and “So Let Us Create” have a subdued, sophisticated tone, more along the lines of Rufus Wainwright. “The Sun” and “The Sun (Interlude)” sound like the orchestral pop of a larger band, and though Thornewill’s piano is largely at the center, it’s confident songwriting and smart arrangements that give these tunes such breadth.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jukebox the Ghost has built a rabid fan base with relentless touring and creative songcraft, working in a pop construct that often has a difficult time breaking out of its somewhat restrictive milieu (bands like Barenaked Ladies and They Might Be Giants live there). With Ben Thornewill’s easy vocals and dexterous piano skill, their songs gurgle and bubble with charm and wit, and though it’s a relentlessly sunny world they live in, the trio skirts saccharine tones in favor of more thoughtful ones. On Everything Under the Sun, Jukebox the Ghost’s second full-length, the band’s sound is more fully realized, more rounded: standout tunes like “Schizophrenia” and “Empire” feel like cousins to Death Cab for Cutie (due in large part to Thornewill’s voice), while tracks like “Summer Sun” and “So Let Us Create” have a subdued, sophisticated tone, more along the lines of Rufus Wainwright. “The Sun” and “The Sun (Interlude)” sound like the orchestral pop of a larger band, and though Thornewill’s piano is largely at the center, it’s confident songwriting and smart arrangements that give these tunes such breadth.

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About Jukebox the Ghost

Pianist Ben Thornewill, guitarist Tommy Siegel, and drummer Jesse Kristin first came together in 2003 as undergraduate students at George Washington University. Sporting a quirky, brainy pop sound that took its cues from the likes of Ben Folds and They Might Be Giants, the three logged several years together under a different name, the Sunday Mail, before rebranding themselves Jukebox the Ghost in 2005. Following graduation, they released their debut album, Let Live & Let Ghosts, and relocated to Philadelphia.

Boosted by positive reviews, Jukebox the Ghost began touring in earnest, first as the opening act for one of their biggest influences (Ben Folds) and then alongside some of their pop-minded contemporaries (Tally Hall, Jenny Owen Youngs, Nightmare of You). By early 2010, they’d signed with Yep Roc Records and gone into the studio with producer Peter Katis, known for his work with atmospheric rock bands like Interpol and the National. With Katis adding a darker element to the band’s sound, Jukebox the Ghost released their second album, Everything Under the Sun, in September. That same year, the group celebrated a milestone with an appearance on the David Letterman Show, followed by tours with Barenaked Ladies and Jack's Mannequin, before heading back into the studio to record their third full-length, 2012's Safe Travels. In May 2014 the band issued the single "The Great Unknown," which was followed by their eponymous fourth long-player later that fall. The following year saw the band sign with Interscope subsidiary Cherrytree Records and reissue the album, as well release a new single, a cover of the Bangles' "Walk Like an Egyptian" that was recorded with new label-mates Secret Someones. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Washington, D.C.
  • FORMED
    2003

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