Andrew Jackson Jihad just released a new record called “Knife Man” in early September on Asian Man Records.
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Monday, October 3, 2011 at 2:27 PM (PST) by nickiestx
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 9:17 AM (PST) by connor_maoil
2011 seems to be a revival year for the folk/punk genre, with all-around great releases by Mischief Brew, Frank Turner, and as of this month, Andrew Jackson Jihad, with their third Asian Man Records release “Knife Man.”
I absolutely love this album because it’s everything that a folk/punk album should be: honest, raw, and for lack of a better word, weird (“I’m gonna fuck the devil in his mouth”). Lyrically “Knife Man” is composed of pretty much standard Andrew Jackson Jihad material, and that is, in my opinion, a great thing. Once again, singer Sean Bonnette continues to find more creative ways to spin tales of life, love, death, alcohol, tobacco, and philosophy. It’s the same message we’ve been hearing from the band for years, but they’ve managed to keep it fresh.
Overall this album is definitely one of the band’s most “electric” releases, setting it at least a little apart from past albums such as “Can’t Contain” or “Candy Cigarettes and Cap Guns.” AJJ revisits some old instrumentation that use mandolin, organ, and kazoo (trust me, this last one isn’t nearly as annoying as it sounds) and it all ends up working out pretty damn well.
In a modern world that allows us to pick and choose tracks and singles, this is a release that I would suggest listening to in order, start to finish. These songs go so well with one another and that seems to be coming increasingly rare not only in the general music industry, but in the punk scene, as well.
My favorite tracks are the short-but-sweet opener “Michael Jordan of Drunk Driving,” the somewhat morbid “Backpack,” the so-called intermission track “Sad Songs,” and the final blow of “Big Bird.” I could not ask for a better closer.
This album is sure to find a special place in the hearts of Andrew Jackson Jihad fans, old and new, as well as the punk community as a whole. My rating: 4.5/5 stars.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 1:03 PM (PST) by jaystone
Remember when buying an album meant something more than adding a dozen audio files to an already endless collection of impersonal mp3s? It was a time when liner notes actually got read and there was something really special about the art that graced an album’s cover. Today, in an industry dominated by iTunes and Pandora, it seems the cover art of an album is getting a little under-appreciated.
Well, we here at Dying Scene aren’t letting the art form die off so easily. Whether bizarre, beautiful, thought provoking, or hilarious, each Tuesday we will present the most interesting album covers from the albums released that week and let you readers vote on which one you think should win “Best Cover Art of the Week!”
This week (September 20th), we’ve got a handful of entries to pick from: new stuff from Andrew Jackson Jihad, Bridge and Tunnel, The Decline, Dangerous! and Mr. Irish Bastard. Check out the entries here and cast your vote.
Monday, September 19, 2011 at 11:36 AM (PST) by Johnny X
The album is due out September 20, 2011 on Asian Man Records. It follows up 2009′s “Can’t Maintain.”
Friday, July 29, 2011 at 10:13 AM (PST) by Lauren Mills
Andrew Jackson Jihad have posted a new song entitled “Hate, Rain On Me.”
You can have a listen right here.
The song will appear on the band’s forthcoming album, “Knife Man,” which is due out September 20, 2011 on Asian Man Records. It follows up 2009’s “Can’t Maintain.”
Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 6:50 AM (PST) by Chris Pounce
Andrew Jackson Jihad are a folk-punk/anti folk duo from Phoenix, Arizona. The band consists of singer/guitarist/songwriter Sean Bonnette and upright-bass/backup vocalist Ben Gallaty. The band have been rising steadily in popularity over the last couple of years and look ready to hit the big time with a support slot on Frank Turner‘s US tour this fall.
In the email update from Asian Man Mike Park released the following information he had gleaned from a phone call with Sean.
“This album deals a lot with living in Phoenix, AZ. This is the longest album to date clocking in at over 40 minutes. 16 songs total. A bunch of great Phoenix musicians add their talents including: Owen Evans from ROAR, Preston Bryant from DOTH, Steven Steinbrink from FRENCH QUARTER, & Shane Kennedy from GO BIG CASINO. Recorded in East Mesa at audioconfusion studios by jalipaz.”
Their last full-length album “Can’t Maintain” was released in 2009, also on Asian Man Records, but the band have released a couple of splits since then including this year’s split 9″ with Toronto’s O Pioneers!! on No Idea Records.
If you aren’t already stoked you definitely should be.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 9:46 AM (PST) by Tommy
British singer/songwriter Frank Turner has announced the Autumn dates for a full US tour with Andrew Jackson Jihad and Into It. Over It. The tour will begin September 20th in Connecticut, and will end November 4th in Pennsylvania. Click here for the full dates.
“England Keep My Bones” is the follow-up to Turner’s 2010 “Rock & Roll” EP. It marks his fourth full-length solo album, and will be released by Epitaph Records on June 7th. You can stream the album in its entirety here!
Monday, January 31, 2011 at 10:58 PM (PST) by PopPunkRocks
It seems like Andrew Jackson Jihad has been getting a ton of attention over the last few years after Against Me! got huge and more people started listening to folk-punk. However, there isn’t much resembling punk in Andrew Jackson Jihad’s music aside from maybe their lyrics, name and their off-key singing.
First of all, I bought this for Apocalypse Meow, so I wasn’t really expecting much from AJJ. If you’ve heard them before, you pretty much know what to expect here. Acoustic instruments, very DIY-sounding recording, exasperated vocals, and ridiculous lyrics like on the first track “Island Song”: “I love this island dearly but I’ve hunted all the animals to extinction.” It’s actually a decent song, but the second one “Growing Up” is harder to listen to due to the wailing vocals (though not terrible).
Apocalypse Meow is a band fronted by Off With Their Heads drummer Justin Francis. They play super catchy, fast pop-punk in the same style as a lot of the great Lookout! bands of the past and are totally underrated in my opinion. “Rehab” is a fun song about getting drunk and watching rehab shows on television, which shows the band’s dark humor. The second song is “Where Would Jesus Work?” which comes together poking fun at the Caucasian portrayals of Jesus among white people.
Like I said, I bought this for the Apocalypse Meow side, but even the Andrew Jackson Jihad songs weren’t too bad. Mine is on white vinyl but apparently there’s an orange swirl vinyl too. Check this out if you like pop-punk because the Apocalypse Meow songs alone are worth it for the money.