LK: Do you ever get sick of one another and consider taking a break?
BK: We’ve never gotten to that point. We’re not a very melodramatic group. We’re also not at the pont where we’re comfortable saying no to any show or tour. That’s been integral to us sticking together as a band I think: we’ve been willing to take on all opporutnities. We don’t all live together now, which makes the interpersonal relationships easier. Even if we were, we’d still come home from a show and all go to our rooms if we wanted some space.
LK: Have you seen young bands make specific mistakes on tour that lead to their demise as a touring band?
BT: I wouldn’t say that I’ve seen any make mistakes. I think it’s a lot of luck whether or not people can spend 24 hours a day for a month straight together in a small space. It’s a recipe for disaster, really; it’s amazing that any band can stay together. Any I’ve seen struggle aren’t doing so because they’re making mistakes necessarily: it’s because two people just don’t get along. We did a headlining tour that wasn’t very warm and friendly, but lately we went with Barenaked Ladies and Guster, both of whom have been going for 15 years and over 20 years each. They are happy to be there, they’re hard-working, and genuinely enjoy what they’re doing. It’s been really insprirational, the fact that they can still keep it going for that long. It’s been cool to see and work with career musicians and career bands.
LK: You just released Everything Under the Sun in September, but are you already planning your next trip back to the studio?
BT: It’s funny you should say that…Now that we’ve gotten this second one under our belt, we’re anxious to go back into the studio. We’re eager to record late summer, and have it come out this time next year. Hopefully we’re get the ball rolling. Between the first and the second, there was a lot of growth. So hopefully it will be a little bit easier this time.
LK: Any thoughts as to what new instrumentation or styles you may or may not incorporate?
BT: I truly don’t know. The way we operate is, we practice a few times a year and hole up and pull marathan eight hour writing sessions. The last record was pretty exhausting so we haven’t actually sat down and written anything in the last year. In the coming months we will be writing though. And I’m sure there will be some new nuances and styles, I’m just not sure what they will be yet. We’re doing about two weeks with Guster in Canada for the first time which is exciting. Then we’re doing a co-headlining tour with Wakey!Wakey!, another singer/songwriter piano type. We’ll be playing the midwest, then the east coast. With our powers combined…. hopefully we’ll sell out.
LK: Who would your dream tour be with?
BT: Musicians that don’t tour. We’re all huge into Harry Nilsson who never even toured, I think we just want to go to his concerts. I wish I had an answer…I guess just bands that we all love. I think Vampire Weekend would be really cool, but I don’t know if we’re quite cool enough to tour with them.
LK: Do you have a favorite song that you love to play onstage?
BT: We tour so often and play so many shows, it really cycles through. At any given week, we love one song and another has fallen behind. We’ve been doing a wonderfully tacky cover of Donna Lewis’ “I Love You Always Forever”. There’s something really nice about playing your own version of someone else’s song. I get happy and and giddy when we play that one in particular. We covered Ace of Base for a guilty pleasures compilation as well. It’s so bad, and in such bad taste. I love it.
BT: I don’t know actually! Tommy did that, and I would ask him right now but his voice is hurting so he’s not talking right now. When we were putting it together, it was just random. I think he just went to the Wikipedia page and copied and pasted his page. Wait, he’s nodding…you did do that? Okay so he did. You’ve reminded me about that, actually. But really, we’re huge Taft fans! (laughs)
LK: Have you been editing your own Wikipedia page? It’s pretty detailed.
BT: We’ve never edited it ourselves, but we definitely keep tabs on it. About a month ago it said we’d won eight Grammys which is ridiculous and has never happened for a band with only two records. We get some pretty funny additions. But it’s great: I love winning Grammys!
Jukebox the Ghost's sophomore album Everything Under the Sun is now available along with their full-length debut Let Live and Let Ghosts on their website (Yep Roc Records). They will be touring across the US and Canada in the coming months, but their next stop after The Echo in LA tomorrow is Chain Reaction with Hellogoodbye in Anaheim on Wednesday, March 2nd. For tickets and directions please visit their website here. Later this year they will be playing the Rombello Cruise, which sails from Florida to Cozumel with the likes of Citizen Cope, Slightly Stoopid, and G Love also performing. For ticket prices and more information on the cruise, please visit the Rombello website here. If Wakey!Wakey! sounds familiar, it might be because Kristina Villarini's just wrote an incredible and in-depth interview with the man himself, available exclusively on BestNewBands.com here.