Brooklyn based Jukebox the Ghost is thrilled to announce the October 21st release of their self-titled fourth LP via their longtime label Yep Roc Records. The new album was recorded in LA with producers Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson, A Great Big World,Jenny Owen Youngs) and Andrew Dawson (fun., Kanye West) and is the follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed LP Safe Travels.
Jukebox the Ghost features the incredibly catchy lead single “The Great Unknown,” which was co-written by Jukebox’s Ben Thornewill (vocals & piano) and Greg Holden (co-writer “Home” for Phillip Phillips). The single was released in June around the same time Yep Roc took the song to AAA Radio where it was #3 most added first week out. The band and the label were extremely excited this week with the news that “The Great Unknown” broke into AAA’s Top 40 – a first for Jukebox the Ghost – with key support from Lighting 100 in Nashville (WRLT), 101.9 KINK-FM in Portland and WXPN in Philly to name a few. The new single is also finding a few fans at Commercial Alternative with stations such as WRFF in Philly showing early support and inviting the band to join Bleachers earlier this month for their “Summer Block Party.”
In addition, the song caught the ear of a number of press tastemakers, such as USA Today’s Brian Mansfield, who included “The Great Unknown” in a recent Playlist writing, “Robust piano chords and a chorus of voices lend a gospel-like buoyancy to this song about greeting life’s challenges.” It also was selected by So You Think You Can Dance on FOX for use in a very poignant and uplifting montage of dancers making their way into the Top 20.
Following the early June release of the single, Jukebox the Ghost, whose line-up is rounded out by Tommy Siegel (vocals & guitar), hit the road with A Great Big World for a month of North American dates. In early July, they headed over to the UK for several dates before returning stateside where they’ve been playing a number of summer one-off shows such as the WRFF Summer Block Party earlier this month. Most recently the band headed to the West Coast again, this time to shoot the first official video for “The Great Unknown” using a small crew and some very cool drone cameras.
Jukebox the Ghost’s third album Safe Travels marks a period in the band’s career that’s steeped in change, both personally and professionally. Relationships dissolved and crumbled. Loved ones passed on. The band themselves relocated from Philadelphia to New York City and played over 200 shows since the release of their last album in 2010. In the midst of so much change, the band spent months in the studio creating what would become “Safe Travels”, a record that represents a shift in the band’s creative trajectory.
Safe Travels, at its core, represents three people going through universal life changes -- A way of coping with how quickly things can turn around, for good and bad. And though it’s clear their sound and outlook have matured to addressing some darker subject material, their brand of upbeat pop still remains intact.
Bolstered by an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, an appearance at Lollapalooza, and extended opening tours with Ben Folds, Guster, Adam Green and Jack’s Mannequin, the band has acquired an incredibly loyal (and sometimes rabid) fanbase since the release of 2008’s “Let Live and Let Ghosts”. Over the years, Jukebox the Ghost has maintained a tour schedule that most bands would balk at, playing over 150 shows a year and becoming a well-oiled, high energy live band. This summer, the band embarks on their biggest headline tour to date after performing at Bonnaroo on the album’s release weekend -- Their Bowery Ballroom show in June has already sold out two months in advance.
They’d be the first to admit that their previous two records had a charming, “hyperactive” quality about them, but you don’t get that sense here. There’s a balance between the peppy piano pop of songs like the album’s upbeat opener “Somebody”, the bouncy synth-pop of “Oh, Emily” and the radio-ready drama of “Don’t Let Me Fall Behind” to more poignant, contemplative songs in the album’s second half that represent the band’s desire to travel into new sonic territory.
“Even though we’re tackling some difficult themes this go-round, we’re still a band that wants people to feel good,” said Tommy. “We’re the same upbeat band we’ve always been, but we’re firm believers that pop music can have depth.”
On "Safe Travels”, Jukebox the Ghost manages to contrast these darker themes with the same optimistic sound and a familiar sense of youthfulness that stays true to their core.
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