Shaky Knees 2015: Jukebox the Ghost x Vinyl Mag

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Jukebox the Ghost are heading to Shaky Knees Festival this weekend to play alongside the likes of The Strokes, the Pixies, Brand New, American Football, Death From Above 1979, TV On the Radio, Wavves, Tennis, The Kooks, Surfer Blood…and that’s just the Friday lineup.  Having just signed to a new label and released a brand new self-titled album, Jukebox is already having a big year.  We grabbed some time with guitarist/vocalist Tommy Siegel to talk about Shaky Knees, their new release, and what’s up next.

Be sure to catch these guys on their US tour this summer, and check out our interview below!

Vinyl Mag: I saw you guys at South by Southwest, and you were fantastic.  How did you enjoy the week?

Tommy Siegel: SXSW was totally crazy, per usual! It’s such an insane event, and it’s hard to see just how weird it is unless you’re playing. Under normal circumstances, you’d be nuts to do four shows a day with no soundcheck while borrowing other bands’ gear, but that’s totally par for the course for the festival. We’ve done it enough years to learn to embrace the chaos!

VM: Did you see anyone you loved?

TS: I saw Deerhoof, who are my favorite band…ever, possibly? They never disappoint.

VM: Who are you most excited to see at Shaky Knees?

TS: I’ve never seen Ryan Adams, so I’m looking forward to that!

VM: Are you staying for Friday and Saturday (I see that you’re in Virginia on Sunday)?

TS: Unfortunately just for Friday! So we’ll be missing some great shows.

VM: What is your favorite song to play live?

TS: Right now, I love playing “Girl.” It’s so refreshingly spacious and slow in our catalogue, and I love getting to play bass for a change.

VM: Do you prefer touring or recording?

TS: Totally different animals! At this point in music history, you can’t really do one without the other. If you only did one for your whole life, I think your head would explode.

VM: Where did you record Jukebox the Ghost?

TS: Los Angeles! We recorded most of the record with Dan Romer, an amazing producer and long-time collaborator with the band. Love that guy.

VM: Why did you decide to make this album a self-titled?  How does it differ from your previous releases?

TS: It felt like the first album we’ve ever done where we threw all of our previous constraints to the wind – and I think it set up the kind of intensity that we’d like to apply to all our albums in the future. Not to say we’ll always be making records as slick, but that the process was so intensely rewarding and open. Felt like hitting the reset button.

VM: How did you choose the single for the album?

TS: We kinda didn’t – the label did! But since we went in with the concept of recording an album of all singles, we didn’t disagree with the choice. Any song would’ve been fine.

VM: You signed with Cherrytree in January – how did that come about?

TS: Oddly enough, Martin’s (the label head) daughter heard us on a movie trailer!

VM: How is the tour going?

TS: Going great! Right now we’re just in the middle of some random dates in a relatively calm period.

VM: What is next for you?

TS: In June, we’re doing a national tour with Ingrid Michaelson that we are PUMPED for.


Jukebox the Ghost Tour Dates:

May 06   World Cafe Live at the Queen   Wilmington, DE
May 08   Shaky Knees Festival   Atlanta, GA
May 10   THE BROADBERRY   Richmond, VA
May 30   Hop Sauce Festival   Beach Haven, NJ
Jun 03   Wolf Trap Filene Center w/ Ingrid Michaelson   Vienna, VA
Jun 04   The Ritz w/ Ingrid Michaelson   Raleigh, NC
Jun 05   Iron City Birmingham w/ Ingrid Michaelson   Birmingham, AL
Jun 07   House of Blues w/ Ingrid Michaelson   Dallas, TX
Jun 08   ACL Live @ Moody Theatre w/ Ingrid Michaelson   Austin, TX
Jun 11   Greek Theatre w/ Ingrid Michaelson   Los Angeles, CA
Jun 12   Humphreys By the Bay w/ Ingrid Michaelson   San Diego, CA
Jun 13   Fox Theater w/ Ingrid Michaelson   Oakland, CAe
Jun 15   Knitting Factory Concert House w/ Ingrid Michaelson   Boise, ID
Jun 16   Edgefield w/ Ingrid Michaelson   Portland, OR
Jun 17   Paramount Theatre w/ Ingrid Michaelson   Seattle, WA
Jun 19   The Complex w/ Ingrid Michaelson   Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 23   Northrop w/ Ingrid Michaelson   Minneapolis, MN
Jun 24   Chicago Theatre w/ Ingrid Michaelson   Chicago, IL
Jun 25   TBA w/ Ingrid Michaelson   Ann Arbor, MI
Jun 27   Blue Hills Bank Pavilion w/ Ingrid Michaelson   Boston, MA
Jun 28   Thompson’s Point w/ Ingrid Michaelson   Portland, ME
Jun 29   Summer Stage Central Park w/ Ingrid Michaelson   New York, NY
Jun 30   Skyline Stage at The Mann w/ Ingrid Michaelson   Philadelphia, PA
Aug 15   Pinelands Music Festival w/ A Great Big Pile of Leaves   Millville, NJ

Emily is an over-enthusiastic lover of music, books, movies, fashion, and culture in general. Her love of music spans across all genres (what is a genre anymore? she waxes poetic to herself), though she was nursed on true punk and will never understand “redneck country” music – tractors are not and cannot be sexy. Emily currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and considers herself to be a great wit, though she is still waiting on validation from a credible source.

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