Such wide-ranging lyrical inspirations are found case in point on the band's seventh LP, Good Luck Everybody, which was released Jan. 17. The album debuted at No. 42 on the Top Albums chart in the week ending Jan. 23, with 2,000 copies sold in the U.S. and roughly the same number of album equivalent units.
Bonnette describes the disparate album as "our commentary on the fractured state of human connection in post-2016 America." That societal splintering can be heard on tracks like the frantic "Normalization Blues," where Bonnette laments the increasing normalization of political chaos and division over a rapid-fire hand-plucked guitar. "I can feel my brain a'changing, acclimating to the madness/ I can feel my outrage shifting into a dull, despondent sadness/ I can feel a crust growing over my eyes like a falcon hood/ I've got the normalization blues/ This isn't normal, this isn't good," he sings, before calling out President Trump and name-dropping the album's double-edged title.
Prior to shortening their name to AJJ, the band charted at No. 153 on the Billboard 200 (as Andrew Jackson Jihad) with their 2014 album Christmas Island, and also peaked at No. 20 on the Alternative Albums chart in 2016 with their LP The Bible 2.
Learn more about AJJ below.
Members: Sean Bonnette (vocals/guitar), Ben Gallaty (bass), Preston Bryant (guitars/keys), Mark Glick (cello/keys)
Recommended AJJ song: "Normalization Blues"
Passion outside of music: "We have the privilege of touring the U.S. in early 2020, and we’re taking advantage of this opportunity by getting our fans registered to vote at our shows," Bonnette says. "We’ve been stressing the importance of voting in primary elections as well as the presidential election. Outside of music and politics we have some pretty nice hobbies: Mark is a synth nerd, Preston has a beautiful garden, Ben is always honing his crafting/building chops, and I love to skateboard. We all love coffee and our pets."
What's next: "This year we’re doing a lot of touring: U.S.A. from now until June, the U.K. in July, Europe in October," Bonnette tells Billboard. "I’m excited to write some new music now that we’ve finished this record. I feel like I’ve said what I needed to about post 2016 America and we can start on something new!"
Check out AJJ's full run of tour dates below.
Jan. 24 -- Tuscon, AZ @ 191 Toole
Jan. 25 -- El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
Jan. 27 -- Dallas, TX @ Trees
Jan. 28 -- Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Jan. 29 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Jan. 30 -- Baton Rogue, LA @ MidCity Ballroom
Jan. 31 -- Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl
Feb. 1 -- Orlando, FL @ The Abbey
Feb. 3 -- Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Feb. 4 -- Charlotte, NC @ Amos'
Feb. 5 -- Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
Feb. 6 -- Nashville, TN @ Basement East
Feb. 7 -- Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
Feb. 8 -- Memphis, TN @ Growlers
Feb. 9 -- Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
Feb. 11 -- Albuqurque, NM @ Launchpad
Feb. 12 -- Flagstaff, AZ @ Green Room
Mar. 19 -- San Diego, CA @ Soma Sidestage
Mar. 20 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
Mar. 21 -- San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Mar 22. -- Reno, NV @ Holland Project
Mar. 24 -- Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
Mar. 25 -- Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Mar. 26 -- Boise, ID @ Treefort
Mar. 27 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Mar. 28 -- Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater
Mar. 29 -- Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
Mar. 31 -- Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom
May 20 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
May 21 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 22 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
May 23 -- Toronto, ON @ Opera House
May 25 -- Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
May 26 -- Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
May 27 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 28 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
May 29 -- Washington D.C. @ Black Cat
May 30 -- Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
May 31 -- Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop
Jun. 2 -- Columbus, OH @ Skully's Music Diner
Jun. 3 -- Lexington, KY @ The Burl
Jun. 4 -- Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
Jun. 5 -- St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
Jun. 6 -- Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
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