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Tis the season to “monetize our brand”! AJJ Sweatpants and pillowcases are back in the web store. We also added crew neck sweaters and baby onesies! www.ajjstore.bigcartel.com
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We hope you have been enjoying a nice transition into Autumn.
This month we are playing two great festivals!
It is also our pleasure to announce that this November we are playing some shows in Nevada, California and Arizona. AJJ will be a two-piece for these shows, a format that our road dog Spider Glick calls “Andrew Jackson Jihad Classic™. It’s going to be very fun. There’s a Facebook event for it, if you’re into that sort of thing.
The Gunshy will be joining us on all the November shows. Speaking of The Gunshy, Matt just made a great new album and Sean played a bunch of stuff on it. Listen to it HERE.
Speaking of albums, our new album is mixed and mastered! We are now getting the artwork together and finding it a good home. Get ready though, it’s gonna break your brain, melt your face, AND knock your socks off.
Once this album is released we will tour a whole bunch. It’s gonna be bonkers.
Thanks for reading!
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The digital version of the album is available now at Bandcamp.
T-shirt and Vinyl pre-orders will be in the mail soon!
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Andrew Jackson Jihad “Live at The Crescent Ballroom”:
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How have you been? It’s great to hear from you.
Last year we did some brutal touring as a 5-piece electric rock and roll band. It was a magical time for AJJ. We toured with excellent bands such as Laura Stevenson, Roar, Treasure Fleet, Joyce Manor, Jeff Rosenstock and Future of the Left. We incorporated longtime studio monsters Preston Bryant (keys & lead guitar) and Deacon Batchelor (drums) as full time band members. We became a band we had never been before and will never be again (not in a bad way! Just gonna keep changing!).
This period in our band’s life is best documented through this live album. Recorded at The Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix Arizona on the final night of our tour, this record captures the performance in the most honest and raw way possible. While beautifully recorded and mixed, this album contains no revision or editing. From start to finish, the entire show is captured for better and for worse.
Andrew Jackson Jihad: Live at the Crescent Ballroom is being released on double LP and digital on September 3, 2013.
Preorder vinyl here: http://asianmanrecords.storenvy.com/
Preorder a digital copy here: http://andrewjacksonjihad.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-the-crescent-ballroom
We are putting the finishing touches on our next studio album; we can’t wait for you to hear it.
Sean, Ben, Deacon and Preston
An incredibly flattering analysis of our songwriting :-) thanks so much ELMH!!
‘Heartilation’ by Andrew Jackson Jihad
Despite its tendencies in a commercial outlet to be just a genre specifically intended for going wild, throwing shit, jumping off stages and generally having a good time, the nature of punk has always, at its core, been about saying the wrong thing. And about the discussion of matters far too many people are committed to glazing over and building a wall around. A lot of people who would consider themselves ‘punk’, as such, try to be outspoken members of a society that they do not believe to be functioning well. This kind of person, perhaps fighting through a cruel youth, has learnt to see the world by the harsh reality it can hold. It’s fair to say that most people do not do things for the right reasons. And it is this curiosity and fascination with tragedy and the mistakes that people make which drives a lot of people to want to either do something practical about it, in the form of protest and activism or to want to write about it and shout about it in hopes to educate the world, and cast light over the dirt that mankind refuses to acknowledge. And I would say that Andrew Jackson Jihad are very much one of the many proud barers of that torch.
For those unaware, Andrew Jackson Jihad are primarily a two-piece, consisting of Sean Bonnette and Ben Gallaty. They are mainly known for writing socially analytical, introspective and politically scathing songs to the key of folk punk. They have the backbone and spirit of punk, but often incorporate folk instrumentation with acoustic guitars (very present in their early material), mandolins, violins, stand up bass, horns and just the general chord progression you would find in a folk song.
I first got into the band just soon after they released their last album, ‘Knife Man’. I was struck by how earnest it was, how personal it was and how conscious it was. Personally, I always strive to be as aware of myself and the world around me as much as I feel I can, and KM definitely had a similar mentality within its content. From it’s tender but passionate songs that took apart the human condition. I identified with Sean Bonnette, the primary voice of AJJ. His honest view of himself in relation to the world consisted of him concluding many times that despite how much hate he had for himself most of the time, he couldn’t see the world as much better. Struck with neurosis, paranoia, depression, and a general inability to find comfort in purely existing, throughout his songs, you see almost a stream of understanding of who he is and the many things he thinks about himself and the world. Plus, whenever you hear him sing about these problems, you can tell he really means it. Every word sang is delivered with such sincerity and you realize that this is a very intelligent man, struggling to make sense of everything, bearing his soul to the world, and almost breaking down doing it.
His intelligence is seen through many things: the way in which he discusses his inner wars, his hate for how evil men can be, how unforgiving circumstances can be to the innocent and his self awareness for everything he says - his self esteem and his inner obligation to discuss the things he feels he needs to sing about are constantly at war, but always come out at the end in a very clever way. His wit defines that, he knows exactly how he sounds when he appears to preach, and he is the first one to question himself after he has made a claim or come to a conclusion. Some could say that AJJ could be described by the line (from ‘Heartilation’), from this song: “If all I see is the worst in everything, that’s all I’m gonna get”. He is constantly trying to better himself and his understanding of the world, but he always feels himself falling short. Always burning to make the wrong right.
I love the instrumentation throughout their catalogue, and it may be one of my favourite things about them. It’s less notable on ‘Heartilation’, the track that I have highlighted today, but is definitely explored throughout the rest of the album of which it is lifted, being ‘Can’t Maintain’. The drive of this song defines the passion that the band has. Despite how sentimental and reflective their songs can be, ultimately, their energy and intention is most comfortable in a song like this, full of punk spirit and charge. I think it is this type of performance that lets the listener know just how much the subject matter matters to the band; its immediacy and tempo grabbing you and making you pay attention to just what they want you to know about. Things that matter.
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Sean and Ian’s Chicago show is sold out, so we’ve decided to do a 4 pm matinee!
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Two Shows have been added to the Sean and Ian tour, the Black Sheep Cafe in Springfield, IL and Frequency in Madison WI http://www.facebook.com/andrewjacksonjihad/app_123966167614127 …
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Hi Gang! Sean here. In April, my good friend Ian Graham and I are going on tour.
On this tour I will be playing lots of different kinds of songs. Old, new, covers, deep cuts, etc… There will probably be a clipboard at the merch table where you can write in requests. Mark from Anxiety Machine Records will be there too. It will be a truly fantastic voyage.
Dates and stuff can be found here: CLICK THIS
4.10 @ 8AM (Chicago, IL) (Presale Only) Tickets
4.11 @ House Café (Dekalb, IL) Tickets
4.13 @ Blue Moose (Iowa City, IA) Tickets
4.15 @ Firebird (St. Louis, MO)
4.16 @ The Owlery (Bloomington, IN) *With Ghost Mice!
4.17 @ 222 Ormsby (Pittsburgh, PA)
4.19 @ The Champ (Lemoyne, PA) Tickets
4.20 @ Stevens Institute of Technology (Free for Stevens students, $5 general public)
4.21 @ Ottobar (Baltimore, MD)
4.22 @ Firehouse 13 (Providence, RI) Tickets
4.23 @ Great Scott (Allston, MA) Tickets
4.24 @ Tralf Music Studio Stage (Buffalo, NY) Tickets
4.25 @ The Basement (Columbus, OH) Tickets
4.27 @ Mac’s Bar (Lansing, MI) Tickets
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