Jukebox the Ghost – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA – April 1st, 2014

Jukebox the Ghost

WXPN Welcomes

Jukebox the Ghost

HOLYCHILD

Tue · April 1, 2014

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia

$17.00

This event is all ages

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Jukebox the Ghost
Jukebox the Ghost
Jukebox the Ghost is a band of musical survivors, a decade-strong trio that has carefully considered how to make a lasting statement while grinding out more than 150 shows a year. With their new self-titled album, Jukebox the Ghost unmistakably makes that statement…in the form of a big, lovable pop record. Jukebox the Ghost may be the tortoise in the race, but they’ve slowly, steadily made their way to the top.

Ben Thornewill, Tommy Siegel and Jesse Kristin had tossed around a few names for the album title between themselves but none expressed the confidence they had in the new material as much Jukebox the Ghost. Everything is clicking on Jukebox the Ghost: the intricate rock arrangements are juxtaposed with juicy sing-along choruses, and the whip-smart, searingly honest lyrics are delivered with beaming confidence and irresistible warmth. By looking at themselves in the mirror -- Thornewill calls the album a “self-evaluation,” while Siegel describes it as a “reinvention” – Jukebox the Ghost has come up with its strongest album to date, and easily its most accessible.

Jukebox the Ghost was released on October 21, 2014 on Yep Roc Records. Later that year, after hearing “The Great Unknown” in a movie trailer for 2014’s hit The Judge, Martin Kierszenbaum’s daughter brought the band’s new record to his attention, and in early 2015 he signed the band to Cherrytree Records, his successful imprint known for releasing juggernaut pop artists like Ellie Goulding, Disclosure, Feist, and more. Cherrytree will reissue the self-titled album with a special bonus disc in February of 2015.

“After the work and care we put into the songs, in choosing them and arranging them, by the time it was finished, we all came around to feeling like this record is who we are,” says pianist-vocalist Thornewill.

Instead of hurrying through the follow-up to 2012’s Safe Travels, the trio took its time piecing the track list of Jukebox the Ghost together, coming up with 50 demos over a 10-month period. There was only one goal, and it was uncompromising: to mine the best songs of the group's career.

“Even after the song selection was done, we really took a closer eye at the arrangements than ever,” Siegel says. “As a result, the instrumentation is a pretty big departure from anything we’ve done before. We tried to step outside of the guitar-drums-piano box and do whatever textures seemed to fit for each individual song.”

Jukebox the Ghost is the band's fourth album, its second produced by Dan Romer (A Great Big World, Ingrid Michaelson), and its first with additional production by Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, fun.). Unleashing more catchy melodies in its first six tracks than one might expect to hear from a career pop artist's entire catalogue, there is ample proof on Jukebox the Ghost of how fierce the paired songwriting powerhouse that is Ben Thornewill and Tommy Siegel, combined with Jesse Kristin's razor-tight and musical drumming, has become after years of road and studio experience. Trading multi-song suites and theatrical turns commonly featured on previous Jukebox records for the song format it knows best, Jukebox the Ghost's self-titled album is curated as an unapologetic pop record start to finish. Yet, one hears the band taking bold risk and adventure.

While lead single “The Great Unknown” soars with anthemic rock adrenaline that stays close to the band's long-honed piano-rock sound and has seen the band’s highest success at alternative radio, the songs “Made For Ending,” “Sound of a Broken Heart,” and “Postcard” all take a different direction and combine the band's power-pop composition with R&B and hip-hop flair. Punchy drum samples and rhythmic synthesizers cast glitter upon Jukebox the Ghost's ever-strong songwriting core on Jukebox the Ghost, making it the band's most modern-sounding and ambitious work. On “Girl” singer-pianist Thornewill showcases his soulful vocal ability, powerful as ever, crooning over a steady mid-tempo number flush with snaps, a bass groove, and little else. The track “Postcard,” produced by Andrew Dawson, throws Thornewill's confident vocals and punchy piano performance against a backdrop of lush synths and hip-hop-inspired grooves to create something truly new for the band. Uncharted territory doesn't stop there.

The nostalgic acoustic anthem “Long Way Home,” features guitarist-vocalist Tommy Siegel and Thornewill trading lead vocals, an alternating-lead-vocal style used for the first time on a Jukebox the Ghost record. If that isn’t enough new ground, for the first time, drummer Jesse Kristin provides lead vocals on “Hollywood” over a lounge-jazz piano prelude that quickly descends into punchy pop distinctive of the band’s past, but through a considerably new lens. Amidst so much studio experimentation, one of the most groundbreaking and exciting steps for the band while making this record, was (somewhat counterintuitively) playing less. Sparseness reigns supreme on the haunting vocal-and-Rhodes showcase “Undeniable You” and on the crushing album-closer “Show Me Where It Hurts,” the latter of which features just Siegel's vocals, Thornewill's piano, and a heartbreaking string arrangement by producer Dan Romer reminiscent of his score for the Oscar-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Jukebox the Ghost arrives after years of accruing a diehard following while remaining one of the hardest-working live acts in music. The group’s quirky songwriting and breathtaking performance skills have led the trio to share stages with Ben Folds, Jack’s Mannequin, Motion City Soundtrack and Guster, while being one of Yep Roc’s lynchpin artists since signing to the label in 2010. Jukebox the Ghost has dazzled on big stages, such as when the group rocked The Late Show with David Letterman, showcasing the vibrant pop-rock workout of “Schizophrenia” on late-night TV. The band recently returned to late-night TV where they performed the song"Postcard" off of the new self titled album on Conan.

After nearly a decade of incessant touring, recording, and hard work to establish a passionately devoted fanbase, Jukebox the Ghost has finally given its ghost logo, sketched during the first hours of the band’s existence, the album cover of its proudest effort yet.steful. We're stoked for this special mini-tour. We hope you are too ... see you there!"
HOLYCHILD
HOLYCHILD
HOLYCHILD aren’t exactly surprised that in the last few years their brand of brainy effervescent tunes have caught on. Pleased yes. Honored? Of course. But given the way the social trends have been bending, neither member find it shocking that music fans are craving substance.

It’s Brat Pop, the glittery blend of electronic beats and tell-it-like it is lyrics that Liz Nistico and co-writer/producer Louie Diller perfected with their debut album The Shape of Brat Pop to Come. It’s a potent blend that’s alive and well on their newest offering, the five song EP, America Oil Lamb. The collaboration EP features the talents of Kate Nash, RAC, Mereki, Tkay Maidza, MS MR, and Kitten. The release sees the Los Angeles duo stretching their signature sound showcasing them and showing their influences of alt-rock, hip hop and R&B.

“We felt we could stretch more on this record, since each song is a collaboration,” Diller muses. “It was fun to explore and show different sides of us on the EP…I think Liz’s voice and me producing/mixing most everything helps tie it together though, so there’s still a HOLYCHILD vibe.”

As with any HOLYCHILD outing, the theme here is equality: be it gender, racially or economically based. Over the course of five songs, the artists take on a myriad of topics, including toxic relationships in our commercial world (“Rotten Teeth”), the shallowness of celebrity idolization (“Not Invited”), and corporate America drowning our emotions (“America Oil Lamb”). It should come as no surprise that both members proudly refer to themselves as feminists—a word that they’re proud to embrace.

Nowhere is that more evident than the duo’s first single, the Kate Nash featuring cut “Rotten Teeth.” Across a insistent drum machines and waves of synths, Nistico reflects on the state of the modern woman, declaring “I can never be the girl I want to be/no no I’m never free,” with Nash replying “Do we eat or just starve ourselves tonight?”

“The commodification of feminism is interesting to me,” says Nistico. “On one hand, I feel frustrated. Of course we’re in this capitalist world where we’re selling everything we possibly can. On the other hand, it excites me because the trend of feminism is so cool! It’s so good for the cause! Our EP is essentially embracing that paradox and trying to be true to ourselves while we are doing it. Can we change things through pop? I don’t know, we’re still trying to figure it all out.”
Venue Information:
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Philadelphia, PA, 19104
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