Manic Productions Presents
Jukebox the Ghost, Matt Pond
The Lighthouse And The Whaler
85 Arch Street
Hartford, CT, 06103
This event is all ages
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
Matt Pond has already accomplished what few rarely do. A career musician with a die-hard following that continues to grow with each album, and a resume that includes the title song for a motion picture soundtrack, a long running Starbucks holiday commercial with a hook that's always stuck in our heads, selling over 100,000 albums to date; his success is matched only by his prolific outpouring of talent. But Matt takes those things with a grain of salt, in 'Lives' he shows us what's really important.
'Lives' is an upbeat antidote to the pessimistic shift in the collective consciousness. It's an ode to the bittersweet reality that we are human, we are finite, and we are flawed. But in each song on this album, Matt Pond sources the beauty in all of it, even when it's not pretty, and delivers an indie rock album that's brimming with authenticity; Pond captures the sentiment perfectly in "Starlet": 'I know I know there's so much I don't know'. The album's first single "Love to Get Used", is a notably playful departure from what we've seen before. "Let's hang on to abandon and hope we lose control" Pond insists in the uptempo indie-pop track, "to be out in the open baby and let go of the ropes".
The Lighthouse And The Whaler
The Lighthouse and the Whaler is a band from Cleveland, Ohio, though its name alludes to the waters off the coast of Massachusetts. Inspired by a theme from Moby Dick, the band's name alone is enough to make underpaid Literature teachers beam with pride.
It all started with two musicians -- Michael LoPresti and Aaron Smith -- who decided to collaborate in a field one sunny afternoon because that seemed nicer than playing in a basement. By the end of the day they had written their first song. They gave it a profound name: "The Field Song." When it was selected for a Paste Sampler CD, Aaron and Michael decided to make a proper run at it.
The Lighthouse and the Whaler released a four-song EP in 2008 and a self-titled/produced/released album in 2009. Two songs from that album -- "White Days" and "Under Mountain, Under Ground" -- found their way to TV and radio. With more fans to play for, The Lighthouse and the Whaler hit the road and toured across America. Somewhere between Boston and Seattle, the band picked up three new members -- Matthew, Mark and Steve – thereafter, fulfilling the prophesy that was to be five young men stuffed in a forest green Chevy Venture, searching for open ears and loyal hearts.
The Lighthouse and the Whaler plays indie-pop and does not believe that genre labels tell you anything you need to know about a band. It has nevertheless caught the attention of MTV, Paste, FILTER, Spinner, Under the Radar, Daytrotter, KEXP and other media outlets that cater to indie-pop music fans.
The Lighthouse and the Whaler has performed at venues and festivals like The Rock'n' Roll Hall of Fame, SXSW, House of Blues, Pop Montreal, Shubas and Rockwood Music Hall, though its favorite show to date took place in the attic of an old bookstore. The band has shared stages with Sufjan Stevens, The Temper Trap, and The Dodos, and shared blankets while sleeping in its donated mini-van, inappropriately named Rihanna.
John Richards of KEXP called The Lighthouse and the Whaler his new favorite band. He may be the smartest man on the planet.
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