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5.0 out of 5
10 Ratings
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The PriceMeister

It surprisingly really grew on me

At first I thought album was another repeat of Christmas Island, a good album, but not a great start to finish album that I've come to expect from AJJ, in my opinion of course. However, after my 5th or so listen to of this album, I found myself really enjoying it, and by my 10th or so listen, I'm now completely in love with it. This album deserves several listen to's before you judge it.

TheDailyKirk

Like The Mountain Goat's Suicidal Brother

Just perfect.

Bgaranyi

Unique Weird and Beautiful

AJJ at their finest. Strange and disturbing, yet endearing and utterly fantastic. Definitely has elements of Christmas Island, but mixed really well with some vibes reminiscent of Knife Man or Can't Maintain. All in all a really really good album!!

About AJJ

Comprising core members Sean Bonnette (acoustic guitar) and Ben Gallaty (upright bass), Andrew Jackson Jihad, aka AJJ, is a folk-punk outfit from Phoenix, Arizona. The Jihad formed in 2004, when frontman Bonnette was still a teenager, and the duo quickly began writing humorously explicit music with macabre themes. Early topics ran the gamut from self-sacrifice to childhood drug addiction, all sung in a frantic manner with acoustic instrumentation. Their self-released debut, Candy Cigarettes & Cap Guns, appeared in 2005, after which a number of self-released demos and EPs attracted the attention of Plan-It-X Records. The label issued a split release with Andrew Jackson Jihad and the similarly styled Ghost Mice in 2007.

On September 11 of the same year, Asian Man Records released the Jihad's second full-length album, People That Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World. Another EP followed in 2008, and in 2009 Asian Man released the band's third album, Can't Maintain. They spent several years touring the U.S. and Europe before the 2011 release of their fourth LP, Knife Man. The following year Bonnette and Gallaty were joined by second guitarist/keyboardist Preston Bryant and drummer Deacon Batchelor, expanding the lineup for a fuller band sound. Their touring schedule and profile increased in 2013, and in 2014 the band signed with L.A. indie SideOneDummy Records to release their fifth album, Christmas Island.

In 2016, after having been referred to as AJJ by many of their fans for years, the bandmembers officially changed their name, saying they no longer wanted to be either a reminder of the former President or disrespectful (as non-Muslims). The Bible 2 arrived under the AJJ moniker that summer and landed on multiple Billboard charts, including the rock, alternative, and independent albums charts. ~ Andrew Leahey, Timothy Monger & Marcy Donelson

ORIGIN
Phoenix, AZ
FORMED
2004

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