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July 2, 2022

Interview with Jukebox the Ghost

Interview with Jukebox the Ghost

We had the pleasure of interviewing Jukebox The Ghost over Zoom video.

Jukebox the Ghost’s flamboyant and ambitious new album, “Cheers” is an arena-sized, ebullient toast to surviving and thriving in the face of hard times, conjuring up 70’s Queen...


We had the pleasure of interviewing Jukebox The Ghost over Zoom video.

Jukebox the Ghost’s flamboyant and ambitious new album, “Cheers” is an arena-sized, ebullient toast to surviving and thriving in the face of hard times, conjuring up 70’s Queen and McCartney-styled song suites, without sacrificing any modern punch. As the millennial generation’s torch carrier of the piano pop legacy, Jukebox the Ghost’s latest album represents a fresh, ambitious, and imaginative take on the piano rock genre.

Piano-pop trio Jukebox the Ghost formed in college in 2006 and has steadily their devoted fanbase over almost two decades, finding their home as an internationally touring band with a massive, grassroots following outside of traditional music industry pipelines. Composed of Ben Thornewill (piano/vocals), Tommy Siegel (guitar/bass/vocals) and Jesse Kristin (drums/vocals), they have played over 1,000 shows around the world over the course of their touring career.

“Cheers”, their sixth studio effort, is the result of a three-year songwriting and recording process, culled from over 50 songs that the band brought to the table. The recording process began in Brooklyn during the beginning of the pandemic and continued throughout, with the band self-producing and quarantining together for six months to make the finished product -- by far the longest stretch of time the band has spent in the studio working on a LP to date. The effort is palpable; motifs appear and re-appear in interstitial tracks that segue into standalone pop songs, implying a larger thematic architecture that borders on a concept record without being overwrought. By almost any measure, it’s their most ambitious and cohesive creative effort to date.

Longtime fans will hear little bits of past Jukebox the Ghost embedded in the record, distilled into something more confident and bold. The imaginative lyrics, song segues, and storytelling of Let Live and Let Ghosts (2008), the retro sensibility of Everything Under the Sun (2010), the concise modern pop smarts of their recent self-titled album (2014) and the broad pop earnestness of Off to the Races (2018) are all on full display. On their sixth studio album, Jukebox the Ghost is firing on all cylinders. Cheers, indeed.

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