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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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  • Gravejr

    In return I give you Sean rapping

    24 Jul 2:57pm Reply
  • Gravejr

    So Sean played a song (I'm assuming a cover) at the last London show. Had lyrics to do with "white worms". Can anyone help me track it down?

    24 Jul 2:47pm Reply
  • Infernatic

    New (free) live album up on some website somewhere. Link's on their facebook, go eat it up. It's beautiful. Also they were the tits in Birmingham.

    23 Jul 10:46am Reply
  • Fleurs_du_LA

    rememumblingbering mt goats in basel/zürich. good times. remain good. R going 2B even better! good lyrics. good aggro speed. Andrew Jackson Jihad, yes im gonna like you a lot.

    11 Jul 6:36pm Reply
  • Malyarok

    Охуенно и пиздато

    9 Jul 7:19pm Reply
  • dylstew

    I'm not sure why this is the most popular folk punk band, but it's pretty fun.

    1 Jun 12:08pm Reply
  • jamesdark

    Can't Maintain = the teetz

    29 May 1:02am Reply
  • yuckyz

    conquer title 666 + 420

    12 May 5:02am Reply
  • whiskers_tickle

    i feel as though i have died and been reborn

    12 May 12:25am Reply
  • Reflechissant

    The best "hipster-hobo" punk band. Let me try another bands, but I'm not sure I'm ready to enjoy something peer.

    21 Apr 5:30pm Reply
  • ColonelTheSlav

    Well that's unfortunate.

    9 Apr 11:12pm Reply
  • d3lando

    garbage, and i have 2k plays

    9 Apr 1:59am Reply
  • edanolem

    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 [2]

    7 Apr 11:34am Reply
  • ColonelTheSlav

    Keep on Chooglin' is great.

    2 Apr 11:27pm Reply
  • SlothySloth

    love this

    28 Mar 12:51pm Reply
  • iRadioheadshot

    Can't maintain without listening to AJJ.

    27 Mar 9:28pm Reply
  • MarcBester

    Can't maintain <3

    23 Mar 5:55pm Reply
  • thigon_

    Can't Maintain is fantastic.

    21 Mar 6:10am Reply

    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
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