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Andrew Jackson Jihad

Biography

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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  • SlothySloth

    love this

    2 hours ago Reply
  • iRadioheadshot

    Can't maintain without listening to AJJ.

    Yesterday 9:28pm Reply
  • MarcBester

    Can't maintain <3

    23 Mar 5:55pm Reply
  • thigon_

    Can't Maintain is fantastic.

    21 Mar 6:10am Reply
  • BARACK_OGANJA

    awesome show in philly last night. shoutout to the guy who talked about dg with me and let me use his water bottle.

    20 Mar 3:02pm Reply
  • gruzzly

    Hated Christmas Island at first, but now it's grown on me. A few of the songs are even among my favorite AJJ songs now. [2]

    18 Mar 3:02pm Reply
  • angel_clipped

    Hated Christmas Island at first, but now it's grown on me. A few of the songs are even among my favorite AJJ songs now.

    14 Mar 4:36am Reply
  • bruno_avilar

    coffin dancer dances like he wants to make a friend but he does not

    8 Mar 7:54am Reply
  • Supercoolguy64

    Only God Can Judge Me is one of the best 16 minutes you'll ever spend

    14 Feb 2:04am Reply
  • dickchappy69

    really dislike christmas island

    13 Feb 9:59pm Reply
  • patras522

    Keep on Chooglin' <3

    8 Feb 3:56pm Reply
  • yuckyz

    dang u a bad boy

    31 Jan 10:08pm Reply
  • ThomasSnus

    Hello, I am 55 and I like this band. I also like knives and pistols. I'll tell you what I don't like though; eleven year old kids.

    25 Jan 5:59pm Reply
  • cheapcroissant

    hi im 11 i like pop punk folk punk ya

    19 Jan 8:15am Reply
  • mehran-crimsonk

    @Sludgefest1 Have you heard of "People who can eat people are the luckiest people in the world" by any chance?

    13 Jan 8:38pm Reply
  • MarcBester

    Andrew Jackson Jihad <3

    11 Jan 12:27am Reply
  • Sludgefest1

    Andrew Jackson Jihad suck their only good album is Knife Man

    3 Jan 3:50pm Reply
  • osamafan911

    <3

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • yuckyz

    omg i jus found these guys yesterday and likee idk christmas island is srsly the perfec soundtrack to my life like wow these guys are I love them them because I like that they are awesome and catchy ad very cool band and wooow I am in love! knifeman is so good and so is christmas album because they are a coolband

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • zackbum

    <3

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
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