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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,” out Oct. 21 on Yep Roc: 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.