Band of the Week: Jukebox The Ghost!


Here are the previous ‘Band of the Week’ recipients!

The ‘Band of the Week’ is a rock trio from Washington, D.C.: Jukebox The Ghost!

'Hey, that's not how you drive a moving truck!' (Source)

‘Hey, that’s not how you drive a moving truck!’ (Source)

Before Jukebox The Ghost were Jukebox The Ghost, they were Sunday Mail (2003) – a band formed by the trio while attending George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Within two years of creating Sunday Mail, the band decided to go on hiatus. During this hiatus, each member grew as a musician and individual, and began working on their own material. They wanted to regroup and collaborate on music together again, but with a new name for the band; thus the renaming to Jukebox The Ghost.

What’s the name of the musicians in the trio, you ask? Ben Thornewill (piano, vocals), Tommy Siegel (guitar, vocals), and Jesse Kristin (drums) make up said trio. Just three regular guys, with regular names, and incredible talent.

The band released their first album in 2008 called Let Live & Let Ghosts. After the release of their first album, Jukebox The Ghost went on several tours with talented artists (Ben Folds, Jenny Owen Youngs) and appeared at Lollapalooza in 2010. In the latter part of 2010, the band struck gold and appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman. Truly a remarkable feat for the trio, which led to the trio opening for Barenaked Ladies during a Fall US tour. Barenaked Ladies also made Jukebox The Ghost a featured band on a cruise specifically for music lovers.

Ben Thornewill at the Appel Farms Arts and Music Festival (Yes, it's supposed to be 'Appel.' Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Ben Thornewill at the Appel Farms Arts and Music Festival (Yes, it’s supposed to be ‘Appel.’ Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

The group’s most recent album was released last summer and is called Safe Travels. Ben Thornewill had this to say about the album:

This record has a lot of songs that are directly from our own life experience. Whether they are journalistically accurate or not, probably not, but they come from something in our lives, not something we’re imagining.

I love when artists and bands draw inspiration from real life experiences. It makes the music hit you harder, and it resonates with music lovers.

Though this is their most popular song, I still find it to be my favorite – I typically get hooked on the first song I hear from band I haven’t heard of before. Here is Jukebox the Ghost ‘Somebody’:

What’s your opinion on Jukebox The Ghost? Let me know in the comments.

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