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Jukebox The Ghost

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Jukebox The Ghost

Matt Pond, The Spring Standards

Fri, March 15, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA


This event is all ages

Jukebox The Ghost
Jukebox The Ghost
Brooklyn based Jukebox the Ghost is thrilled to announce the October 21st release of their self-titled fourth LP via their longtime label Yep Roc Records. The new album was recorded in LA with producers Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson, A Great Big World,Jenny Owen Youngs) and Andrew Dawson (fun., Kanye West) and is the follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed LP Safe Travels. Rolling Stone’s Alex Pine caught some shots of the guys during the recording process this past May with Jukebox’s very own Jesse Kristin (drums) adding some commentary which you can check out here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/ghost-in-the-machine-jukebox-the-ghosts-studio-photo-diary-20140530.

Jukebox the Ghost features the incredibly catchy lead single “The Great Unknown,” which was co-written by Jukebox’s Ben Thornewill (vocals & piano) and Greg Holden (co-writer “Home” for Phillip Phillips). The single was released in June around the same time Yep Roc took the song to AAA Radio where it was #3 most added first week out. The band and the label were extremely excited this week with the news that “The Great Unknown” broke into AAA’s Top 40 – a first for Jukebox the Ghost – with key support from Lighting 100 in Nashville (WRLT), 101.9 KINK-FM in Portland and WXPN in Philly to name a few. The new single is also finding a few fans at Commercial Alternative with stations such as WRFF in Philly showing early support and inviting the band to join Bleachers earlier this month for their “Summer Block Party.”

In addition, the song caught the ear of a number of press tastemakers, such as USA Today’s Brian Mansfield, who included “The Great Unknown” in a recent Playlist writing, “Robust piano chords and a chorus of voices lend a gospel-like buoyancy to this song about greeting life’s challenges.” It also was selected by So You Think You Can Dance on FOX for use in a very poignant and uplifting montage of dancers making their way into the Top 20. The single sales jumped 250% on iTunes the following week and trended on Shazam throughout the show.

Following the early June release of the single, Jukebox the Ghost, whose line-up is rounded out by Tommy Siegel (vocals & guitar), hit the road with A Great Big World for a month of North American dates. In early July, they headed over to the UK for several dates before returning stateside where they’ve been playing a number of summer one-off shows such as the WRFF Summer Block Party earlier this month. And just last week the band headed to the West Coast again, this time to shoot the first official video for “The Great Unknown” using a small crew and some very cool drone cameras. Look for the new video this fall and the new self-titled album onOctober 21st on Yep Roc Records.
Matt Pond
Matt Pond
RIYL: Rogue Wave, Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, Nada Surf, The Frames, Pedro the Lion and Sebadoh

"'Infectious' is a term that's often overused in album reviews, its meaning diluted by the number of albums it's meant to define. But Matt Pond PA's new EP... fulfills the true connotation of the word: The melodic hooks on each of the disc's five tracks becoming increasingly compelling with each listen. Spring Fools is a pause between the band's last disc, 2010's The Dark Leaves, and what will presumably become Pond's ninth record later this year or early next... It's an EP you'll want to put on repeat." 4 stars - Alternative Press

"Spring Fools puts a heavy folk spin on the usual Matt Pond PA sound... (The new EP) swings heavy into Wilco-inspired alt-folk... and blends it perfectly with the classic Matt Pond PA indie feel." - Verbicide

"This five song EP by matt pond PA is, to put it simply, really catchy. I can't stop tapping my foot and bobbing my head, and after just one spin the songs are becoming familiar... It's short and sweet and a staple for your next backyard barbecue. Set it on repeat and I'm betting it won't get old." - Pop Wreckoning

"There aren't many bands around that manage to create music as good as this." - All Music Guide

"Matt Pond PA knows a thing or two about chamber pop." - Billboard
The Spring Standards
The Spring Standards
The Spring Standards have been told many things about their music since their start in 2008 – it makes people feel warm inside, it touches painful places. It’s simple and sweet yet dark and utterly confusing. They’ve been called folk, pop, rock, Americana, indie and everything in between – sometimes all over the course of a 45-minute set. In spite of this, The Spring Standards are far from a band in the midst of an identity crisis. They are not trend-chasers or bandwagon riders. They are honest-to-goodness troubadours who let their music guide them, dutifully following wherever it might lead.

For 3 kids who grew up together in the woods and creeks of the Delaware/Pennsylvania border, their shared memories take them down winding back roads to starry open fields on quiet summer nights. They learned James Taylor covers in their parent’s garage and played small side stages at local folk festivals while other kids their age were doing way cooler things. Their love of music was the tie that always bound them to each-other, and making it together quickly became the lifeblood of their friendship. It’s that connection that has carried them through ups and downs, in and out of one another’s lives over the years and miles, to this moment in Brooklyn, NY as they prepare their third independent release.

The Spring Standards are taking more risks than ever before with their new album, a double EP entitled yellow // gold. In it, the band explores the two contrasting sides of their musical identity.

yellow is a 7-song disc filled with warmth and melancholy, with tunes that tell stories of hope in the face of longing and loss. It harkens back to their roots, drawing inspiration from the music they grew up with and those things that first drew them together – the simple magic of voices raised in harmony, the beauty of acoustic instruments.

gold is a 5-song battle cry from some dark secret place, full of frustration and excitement, tension and relief. These songs invoke urban landscapes and dingy rock clubs, long stretches of deserted highways from Orlando to Seattle, the honking horns and screeching trains of New York City. They are pulsing and frantic, desperate to be heard and understood.

When juxtaposed, these two EPs capture the energy of a band in a moment of significant growth and self-realization. A band that’s not afraid to throw out expectation and follow their instincts into uncharted waters, trusting that their beloved listeners will take the leap of faith along with them. And that faith is well-founded, given that this is the second fully fan-funded album The Spring Standards have released. The support they’ve received from their growing fan base has allowed them to stay fully independent, an invaluable gift that encourages them to take risks and continue growing well beyond their comfort zone. They fully embrace the symbiotic nature of that relationship, and cherish the unique connection they’ve been able to cultivate with fans near and far.

yellow // gold was recorded over the course of 2011 at Sounds Like a Fire Studio in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. It features some of Brooklyn’s finest and a lot of delicious food was eaten during its creation. It will be released in May 2012.
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123