An interview with Andrew Jackson Jihad in anticipation of their show at El Corazon with Dogbreath and Hard Girls on July 25th
For most of the people reading this post, I assume that you know who Andrew Jackson Jihad is. Assuming this I can probably also assume that you have heard Andrew Jackson Jihad’s music. Despite my knowledge of who will most likely be reading this post, I will still be giving you my own bleak and slightly opinionated overview of who Andrew Jackson Jihad, a band that I love but have no credible association with. If you would like to skip my bantering and get straight to the interview, feel free to scroll down to that part of the post. I will be slightly offended by this action, but I will have no idea who to direct this frustration at so I think it’ll all work out in the end.
Andrew Jackson Jihad is a violent, folky, and intelligent, band full of a bunch of skater punx that happen to be quite clever with words and with instruments. With the exception of Against Me! AJJ is probably the most widely known Folk Punk band around. With tons of split EP’s and a way of explaining beautiful situations in a disgustingly violent, ironic way, they are lyrical gold to any person with a clever wit and punky outer shell. Patched jean jacket and all, AJJ fans are dedicated and the last AJJ show I saw was wild, fun, friendly, and slightly dangerous.
AJJ is currently on their Christmas Island tour celebrating the release of their Christmas Island album. The album lives up to all expectations and if you have not heard it check it out. The guitar is fast, the bass is strong, and the vocals are not only raspy, but high pitched. If you have not heard AJJ and somehow stumbled across this post, I would suggest for you to listen to Getting Naked Playing With Guns. It is a little slower of a song but it gives you a good taste of the way that AJJ writes; “gorgeously f—ed up” would be a good description.
Their show at El Corazon on Friday July 25th is on the same night as the first day of Capitol Hill Block Party but like all other AJJ fans I will not be missing any AJJ.
Here is a short 10 question interview that I had with Andrew Jackson Jihad, mostly with their bassist Ben. I was asking the questions(Q) Ben and the rest of AJJ were answering(A) said, questions.
Q: We are sure you get this question a lot, but how did you come up with your band’s name?
A: We had been discussing the tumultuous life of Andrew Jackson quite a bit. We had a show coming up and needed a name for the flyer. Just blurted out “Andrew Jackson Jihad” and called it good.
Q: Who would you list as your influences, musically, and personally? What sort of influence have they had on you?
A: You can probably hear some of the obvious influences in our music. What may not be immediately evident is that we are heavily influenced by Caffiene and the Wayne’s World Movies.
Q: Who have been your favorite bands to tour with?
A: Hard Girls and Dogbreth!
Q: Having just released Christmas Island, what is next for Andrew Jackson Jihad?
A: A healthy amount of US and International touring. Maybe “Andrew Jackson Jihad the Cereal”? Who knows?
Q: What are your favorite hobbies (please label which hobbies are for which member)?
A: Sean: Skating
Preston: Record Collecting
Mark: Video Games
Ben: Beanie Babies
Q: What is your favorite/least high school memory, musically, or nonmusically?
A: Favorite: I landed the ten stair at Chino Valley High School. Best day of skating I’ve ever had.
Least Favorite: I was arrested later that day for skateboarding on the roof of the abandoned Safeway store.
Q: What musicians would you like to tour with, but you haven’t gotten the chance to yet?
A: It will never happen but a dream tour would be to open for Neil Young. He’s one of our favorites.
Q: What is something surprising about AJJ that we may not know?
A: Deacon (drummer) recently auditioned for Master Chef. Didn’t quite make the cut though. Ha!
Q: Who in your group would be the most likely to win Survivor(the TV Show)?
A: I(Ben) would, because I’m not here to make friends. : )
Q: Which characters of Sesame Street would each of your members identify with?
A: Oscar the Grouch. We live in a mobile garbage can (our van) and we have bad attitudes.
-Marcus Shriver / A Pill / KSUB Community Outreach Director