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Andrew Jackson Jihad

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Phoenix, United States (2004 – present)

Andrew Jackson Jihad is an American folk/punk/rock group from Phoenix, Arizona, formed in 2004. They have been classified as everything from indie rock to anti-folk to Americana.

Andrew Jackson Jihad was formed after its original drummer, Justin James White, approached Sean Bonnette and Ben Gallaty, who had just left Rodan (not the Rodan of Kentucky fame) and The Sub-Standards. Since then, many significant Arizona musicians have sat in with the remaining duo of Sean and Ben, including John De La Cruz of Fatigo and Asleep In The Sea’s Owen Evans. Dylan Cook also plays mandolin regularly with the band.

According to Songfacts, Bonnette, who is also the lyricist of the band (with upright bass player Ben Gallant handling most of the production and some vocals as well) volunteered at a suicide prevention hotline for teenagers for eight years, and worked with homeless men and women in the Phoenix, Arizona area. These experiences gave him a sometimes bleak, but at moments, hopeful outlook on life, often reflected in the band’s lyrics.

On Halloween 2005, Andrew Jackson Jihad covered Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea album in its entirety at CounterCulture Cafe.

Their biggest performance to date has been in their hometown with Flogging Molly and Authority Zero on St. Patrick’s Day 2006.

On April 15, 2006, the band played as part of the 2006 New Times Music Showcase, nominated for Best Americana Band, and won a 2006 Best of Phoenix later that year.

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  • Mcdonaghalex

    Still my favourite band

    20 Aug 3:07am Reply
  • Happy-Knight

    Is AJJ's cover of Billy Joels- You may be Right available on Spotify..? I could've sworn it was on there and now i don't see it anymore.

    10 Aug 5:35pm Reply
  • Happy-Knight

    Can't Maintain is really good and so is Christmas Island in my opinion...Knife Man is nice too. All the other albums are whatever to me - they have some gems but not as much as the first three I mentioned. Also I wonder why there is so much fucking weeaboos into this band.

    30 Jul 9:19pm Reply
  • thatoneguydanny

    I didn't like Christmas Island at first, but then I accepted it for what it is: vastly different from the rest of their discography. Can't wait to see them in SF again!!

    23 Jul 9:45pm Reply
  • koholintisland

    @TheWholeBit 2ejjy4lyf

    15 Jul 11:41pm Reply
  • cheesemop

    ppl think that knife man is better than srsly any of their other albums lelll

    15 Jul 5:30am Reply
  • idioteque2k

    The soundtrack of mi life <3

    11 Jul 12:34am Reply
  • TheWholeBit

    Horrible Kike Music For Commie Faggots.

    7 Jul 7:17pm Reply
  • sumidiotdude

    damn Christmas Island is a grower, these guys don't disappoint

    5 Jul 4:08pm Reply
  • ImSimpleEthan

    The concert last night (June 22 @ Firebird) was amazing. Unique set list. I got to meet Sean, he's a really cool guy, and very humble.

    24 Jun 1:08am Reply
  • CainDavies

    i thought i would hate this band but.... i... don't

    21 Jun 12:04am Reply
  • Bloofy2

    These guys are the fuckin best. Christmas Island is their best since People!

    20 Jun 1:04pm Reply
  • ScottishUnicorn

    Sounds like a mix of nmh and the unicorns

    9 Jun 3:23am Reply
  • trilled_bees

    christmas island sounds a lot like bright eyes, yeah?

    31 May 4:54am Reply
  • mister_tussin

    Contrarian opinion: Knife Man is an honorable addition to a sound they had already established for years. The new album explores new territory and is their best since People Who Can Eat People & Candy Cigarettes for it.

    28 May 8:44pm Reply
  • SirGhostly

    it's harder to be yourself than it is to be anybody else

    27 May 11:30pm Reply
  • MaurizioMinazzi

    The Two-Headed Boy cover is fantastic.

    24 May 5:23pm Reply
  • inthesameroom

    Knife Man will always be their best.

    24 May 12:57am Reply
  • nocturnal_nymph

    The new album is fucking amazing.

    23 May 5:00pm Reply
  • if6was91412

    Nada mal.

    21 May 5:59pm Reply
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