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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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  • 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
  • Awfulest

    Love at first listen

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • OTCculture

    Thank you AJJ♥

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • kick_yr_crutch

    Exploring their back catalogue after over playing Christmas Island (its still not getting old) Great stuff, awesome lyrics and music :)

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • akerbeltz

    Wow! This is so catchy!

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • chpipes

    andrew jackson jihad is my absolute favorite band. fucking awesome music and these guys are even better in person. I love you sean & ben!!! thanks for coming to fresno

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • amijayt

    Yeah, they are great live. I was so stuck on People That Can Eat People for so long that I thought I'd be disappointed if I didn't hear songs off that album, but after seeing them live it really didn't matter. They were wonderful. Really great people, too. Now I'm so stuck on Knife Man and Christmas Island it's barely even realistic.

    14 Nov 2014 Reply
  • mitsurusempai

    Candy Cigarettes and Cap Guns is such an underrated album.

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • BearsandLions

    Just came back from beach goth 2014, and all I have to say is, if you ever get a chance to see them live do not miss them, I repeat do not miss them.....FUCKEN AMAZING LIVE!!!

    26 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Gurzociurlo

    Yesterday they were beyond amazing in Bern, it was for sure the best concert I went to in the last three years, so engaging!

    19 Oct 2014 Reply
  • FlyingWhael

    Anyone selling a ticket for the Manchester show plz get at me

    30 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Lagnes-

    damn it you guys I've seen this shit spammed so many times that I never took it seriously.

    15 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Mcdonaghalex

    Still my favourite band

    20 Aug 2014 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 2014 Reply
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