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Jukebox The Ghost releases new album and posts tour dates

By Kathleen Creighton     Oct 29, 2014 in Music
It's been a two year wait for new tracks from pop rockers, Jukebox The Ghost and that patience has paid off. Their self-titled LP was released last week on Yep Roc Records and is available on iTunes and streaming on Spotify.
Anyone with any interest in music has artists that they just can't stop talking about. For this writer, one of those bands is Jukebox The Ghost. First experienced as the opening act for Barenaked Ladies, they were an instant addiction. Their latest album is yet another compilation of the great music flows freely and naturally from these guys.
Born at George Washington University, Jukebox The Ghost has now taken up residence in Brooklyn, NY. The move is another step in the growing process of this trio. Jukebox The Ghost definitely showcases a new maturity and polish. But don't worry, the music is still fun and signature JTG.
It's impossible to pick a favorite track on this record. From anthems to ballads, Ben, Tommy and Jesse continue to sculpt brilliant and complex melodies with lyrics everyone will be singing back to them at live shows and belting along with on the car stereo. This trio has genuine creative talent that generates deep emotions in listeners.
Working with producers Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson, A Great Big World, Jenny Owen Youngs) and Andrew Dawson (fun., Kanye West), the entire album stellar. Not over-produced. No ridiculous effects. Starting with the current feature single, "The Great Unknown" the album boasts its pedigree with a song co-written by Ben with Greg Holden, a co-writer on the Phillip Phillips hit single "Home." "Long Way Home" puts Tommy at the mic for lead vocals with this super-catchy melody behind him. It also allows Jesse to demonstrate his skills and the importance of the drumline in an arrangement. In this one it is the heartbeat of the track.
Leading up to the album release, the band posted backstories for some of the songs on their Facebook and YouTube channel. "Made For Ending" is another "Tommy-track" that got a great treatment by Romer. Making the chorus "bigger" gave it the perfect punch. Romer did a major make-over on "Sound Of A Broken" heart from the original, jazzy version Ben brought to the studio. Initially the band wasn't really keen on the reggaeton beat Romer put on the intro but as they progressed it fit very comfortably and modernized the track.
One of the coolest and most daring moves Romer made with the record was putting Jesse on opening vocals for "Hollywood." The suggestion was repeatedly met with shrugs from the band but when, two months into recording, Jesse stepped behind the microphone, everyone agreed that this needed to happen. It was a great decision. The band discusses it further onYouTube. "Undeniable You" literally takes listeners to church. It has an amazing gospel sensibility. One can picture an audience going silent to drink in every moment of the song. "Show Me Where It Hurts" is a touching ballad that pulls the whole album together with "the big hug at the end." The entire record has been on replay here since it was released and probably will continue to spin daily for a while.
Jukebox The Ghost is one of those bands that is equally as great live as they are recorded, if not better. So it stands to reason that there had to be performances to go along with the new album. Currently they are doing a short East Coast tour that begins this Saturday in Philadelphia at Union Transfer. They will play a benefit show in Port Chester, NY on 11/3 and then visit the Carolinas, GA, TN, VA and MD. They also just announced a full U.S. tour that will commence in January in Cleveland, OH and end on their former home stage at the 9:30 Club in D.C.
For all things Jukebox The Ghost visit their official site and be sure to scroll through their Facebook to read more of the stories behind the songs
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