The tour launches Tuesday, April 10 in Philly
Philadelphia is making a lot of noise this year.
The Eagles won its first Super Bowl. The Villanova Wildcats won its second NCAA basketball championship in three years. And the 76ers are headed back to the playoffs for the first time in years.
However, the noise doesn’t stop there. The volume will soon increase when the pop trio Jukebox the Ghost launches launches its national tour in Philly at Union Transfer on Tuesday.
The band will roll through the City of Brotherly Love with its newly released spring album, “Off to the Races.” The project offers the infectious single “Everybody’s Single,” bearing a colorful music video that features the trio playing miniature instruments, along with Ben Thornewill (piano/vocals) getting doused in paint.
Thornewill dished on landing “Star Wars” actor Harrison Ford as his band’s official (but really unofficial) merchandise model, his experience with real ghosts and more, in this email interview with the Dover Post.
How did Harrison Ford become your (fictional) merchandise model?
Ben Thornewill: Harrison, why do you insist on wearing our shirts and hats for all your GQ photoshoots?
Harrison Ford (impersonated by Thornewill): Before I get in front of a camera I often say to myself: “I have a bad feeling about this." But then I put on your socks and I feel sexy again.
What's something you'd like fans to ask you about the new album?
One of my favorite things to be asked is, "Is this song about a real person?" Sometimes yes, and sometimes no, but I like to return with the question, "does it matter?" As long as the song resonates, it's doing the job. Our songs all come from very personal places but they don't necessarily have to be autobiographical. Really, this is an excuse to talk about musical existential philosophy; something everybody loves.
It looks like you all had a blast shooting the video for "Everybody's Lonely." What stands out to you from that shoot?
Two things for me: first the scene where I am getting paint poured on me in slow motion. We only had one chance at that; and we knew that going into the shot. So I just had to keep singing and sitting there while the paint poured on my head and hoped for the best. Second, the final chorus chaos was absolute madness. The air suits, the dancers, the paint, the powder, the confetti - it was beyond chaos and fantastically fun.
That music video is pretty colorful. Do you plan to incorporate bright colors and/or a tiny piano into your new tour?
No tiny pianos yet; they are musically impractical but we are incorporating a bunch of bright colors for our stage design. We've painted some instruments and added some lights ... all around making it more colorful.
What's the origin story behind the band's ghost logo.
Tommy [Siegel] drew that ghost the day we came up with the band name. He's been a lifelong doodler. Go check his cartoons; he is doing one every day this whole year and he just put pen to paper and “bam” - the logo has been with us ever since.
Do you believe in ghosts, and have you ever seen one?
There is a famous venue in Tucson called the Hotel Congress that is notoriously haunted; and the first time we played there we went walking through the halls late at night and found windows inexplicably opening and closing.
Piggybacking off the theme of "People Go Home," what's the worst job you've ever worked?
I was a telemarketer for a time. It's a strange family tradition. A rite of passage. For me, even though I am comfortable rambling on stage in front of a thousand people, making phone calls to strangers fills me with inexplicable anxiety.