A modern pop homage to Queen that breaks away from the modern pop message
Why You Should Care:
Let's get it out of the way - yes, Jukebox the Ghost has never sound Queen-ier than on "Everybody's Lonely." Not surprising for a group that has been holding "Halloqueen" cover shows for the last three years? But Jukebox the Ghost deserves more credit than that - for ten years, they've been crafting reliably catchy piano-pop songs that everyone may have heard on a TV commercial or at an H&M at some point. But there aren't many radio-friendly piano-pop bands with a voice as soaring as Ben Thornewill's.
While their last album, 2015's self-titled Jukebox the Ghost, featured a lot of fist-in-the-air pop music from the quirky NYC-via-DC trio, their latest song dials back the modern production to make a song that pays homage to both pop music and glam rock. But very much like LCD Soundsystem's "tonite," the feel-good melodies are accompanied by a critique of the modern pop music landscape: "Why's every song about love or drinking too much? / Maybe that's because everybody's lonely." Some food for thought while the song slowly seeps into your brain for the foreseeable future.
Jukebox the Ghost will be returning to 9:30 Club in DC on May 17 in support of their upcoming album, Off to the Races.