Originally formed whilst at university in Washington D.C., Jukebox the Ghost (the name's an amalgam of Captain Beefheart and Nabakov references) gelled quickly, despite their disparate musical backgrounds in everything from classical piano to prog to indie to 80s Brit-pop. They collectively deliver an unabashedly upbeat, playful sound, which won accolades for that first record, Let Live and Let Ghosts, which Spin Magazine called 'a refreshing reminder that the lighthearted electricity of a fantastic pop song is still filled with live wires.' Jukebox the Ghost's pop sensibility is still on display on Everything Under The Sun, produced by Peter Katis (Interpol, The National), but now rounded out with more emotional heft and an expanded musical palate. For starters, there's an emergence of synths, most notably on the Phoenix-like opener chizophrenia.' (Says Thornewill: 'I was such a classical pianist for a long time that I was sort of against using them...and then I started fooling around and realized how much they could open up our sound.'). Elsewhere, the album veers through gorgeous AM radio throwbacks (he Summer Sun'), Beatles-esque twists and turns ( istletoe') and even a little prog-rock in he Sun,' he Sun (Interlude)' and he Stars,' a three-part 'philosophical/cosmological pondering' by Siegel that's actually quite...dance-able. As for the Beatles fixation of the record (like obody,' which Thornewill calls their 'most McCartney-esque song'), Jukebox the Ghost plan to continue touring, adding to the 300+ shows the band have done since the release of their debut album. It was out there, with the likes of Ben Folds, Adam Green (Moldy Peaches) and Ra Ra Riot, and appearing on festivals like Lollapalooza and a jaw dropping performance of chizophrenia' on the Late Show With David Letterman, where the group built up a fervent, wide-ranging fanbase. 'Our growth as a band has been from word-of-mouth and just being on tour,' says Siegel. 'We seem to attract everyone from hipsters to parents to kids to college students. It never ceases to surprise me.' As one of the bands key drivers in the US was their live shows we are delighted that they are playing the following shows in Europe to support the release of the album - many are in huge halls supporting James Blunt - so expect their to be strong local demand for Jukebox the Ghost following these shows[cargo]
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