If School House Rock morphed into an actual band, it'd be Jukebox The Ghost. A group of graduates from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Jukebox the Ghost makes erudite rock that's playful and incredibly catchy. The songs are largely piano-driven pop affairs that leap cheerfully from track to track with a youthful innocence that's infectious without being overly earnest. The band's first full-length album is Let Live & Let Ghosts.
Jukebox the Ghost is a trio featuring Ben Thornewill, Tommy Siegel and Jesse Kristin. Dynamic chemistry, raw talent and polished skills are the key ingredients to Let Live & Let Ghosts. Thornewill's piano work and spirited songwriting marry brilliantly against Tommy Siegel's grainy guitar style. Even without a bassist, Thornewill adapts the piano rhythmically against Jesse Kristin's punchy drumming.
Let Live & Let Ghosts opens with "Good Day," a quirky and surrealist exercise in wordplay set against playfully clever instrumentation. "The song describes an imaginary 'street' that you could live on and place all your loved ones, dead and alive, as close or as far away as you like," says Thornewill. "A street that eliminates the boundaries of time, distance and nature."
The trio has been building momentum since selling out their first headlining show in their hometown Washington, D.C. earlier this year. The group says more "firsts" are yet to come, including a tour abroad in late spring, and filming a music video.