This spring will be a busy one for Andrew Jackson Jihad. First, the band hits the road for a full U.S. headlining tour alongside The Smith Street Band, Jeff Rosenstock and Chumped. After that, it’s off to Europe for singer/guitarist Sean Bonnette, where he’ll be performing a mix of AJJ songs, new material and covers. Immediately following, the rest of the band will join him for a full band tour around the UK with Hard Girls.
As Sean says, “We are excited and honored to embark on our most thorough tour of the United Kingdom yet. The drives will be short, the food will be fried and delicious, and the people of England, Scotland, and Ireland (AJJ’s first Ireland gig!) will be fun to talk to. This time around we will be bringing one of the best live bands of the modern age with us: Hard Girls from San Jose, California. Seriously, Hard Girls are going to blow your mind.”
AJJ have also released their brand new animated video for ‘Do, Re, and Me’ off their critically acclaimed album Christmas Island. From the brilliant mind of animator Deanna Rooney (Nickelodeon, Comedy Central), the video for ‘Do, Re, and Me’ takes a majority of its cues from the band’s song about the Heaven’s Gate cult as well as from one of the band’s favorite actors. Watch as a dashing ex-con/corrupt cop/rural ex-con/treasure hunter/detective/weather man pushed to the edge saves a group of helpless lemmings spellbound by a mysterious and charismatic guinea pig leader promising them the world and afterlife.
“As fans of Deanna Rooney’s work, we knew that this collaboration would be lovable and grotesque,” Sean Bonnette explains. “What we didn’t know is that we would be getting to work with Nicolas Cage! In all seriousness, Cage is a genre of film unto himself. He approaches everything he does with vigor and artistry, and we hope this video pays tribute to him.”
Last year, Andrew Jackson Jihad released their latest full length record Christmas Island. Recorded by John Congleton (St. Vincent, The Mountain Goats, OkkervilRiver), Christmas Island blends the real and surreal to create some of the most honest, fearless music out today.
03 June – London – The Windmill Brixton
04 June – Brighton – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
06 June – Plymouth – Underground
07 June – Southampton – Joiners
08 June – Cardiff – The Moon Club
10 June – Birmingham – The Rainbow
11 June – Manchester – Deaf Institute
12 June – Newcastle – Think Tank
13 June – Dundee – Buskers
14 June – Glasgow – Audio
16 June – Leicester – Soundhouse
17 June – Norwich – Owl Sanctuary
18 June – Cambridge – The Portland Arms
19 June – London – The Lexington
20 June – Dublin – Fibber Magees