Jukebox the Ghost blew the roof off of Philadelphia’s Union Transfer Friday night. Check out my full article for JUMP Magazine here, as well as an excerpt below.
Finally the lights faded, welcomed by an anticipating roar from the packed audience. Jukebox the Ghost(above) appeared through the smoke and exploded into a three piece collaboration of guitar, drums, and piano. The room immediately filled with electricity that never dwindled.
The indie rock trio joked and engaged the crowd throughout the entire performance. They created a comfortable familiarity, as though every person in the venue had been friends for years – and there were likely friends in the crowd as the band mates briefly lived in Philly over the last few years. Pianist and vocalist, Ben Thornewill, sat so close to the edge of the stage that every so often he would lean over to connect with the crowd, allowing them to grab his hands and even ruffle his hair. Guitarist/vocalist Tommy Siegel kept up the audience participation, while Jesse Kristin tossed his maracas and drumsticks in the air, in between vigorously slamming on the drums.
[As seen on JUMP]