One of the most clever bands at LouFest this year, Jukebox The Ghost combines a wonderfully weird sense of humor with sharp pop sensibilities to create upbeat, piano-based toe-tappers that won’t dumb you down.
Their third and most recent album, 2012’s Safe Travels, was incredibly well-received, with Consequence of Sound saying the band reached “maximum cheek pinch-ability” in what must be one of the most flattering and unusual compliments ever. But in case you haven’t noticed, the band is more than OK with being a little odd sometimes.
The album opens with the one-two punch of “Somebody” and “Oh, Emily,” a pair of songs with enough plucky piano to make loneliness sound danceable. Other songs address the troubling topic of accepting our own mortality, like “Adulthood” (“From adulthood, no one survives…”) and the plainly titled “Dead” (“If you’re dead / How do you know if you are really dead?”). This ability to take the tragic or mundane and make it enjoyable comes straight from the playbooks of the band’s influences like They Might Be Giants and Ben Folds, who brought the band on tour with him a few years ago. Jukebox The Ghost has clearly had some good teachers. Catch them at LouFest and see what they can do.
Meanwhile, watch Jukebox The Ghost pose with mannequins, play the buckets, and throw a bizarre Halloween party in their new video for “Oh, Emily.”
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