AJJ is coming to a city near you! probably!
November 19. 2019
To celebrate the release of their long-awaited seventh studio album, Good Luck Everybody, Phoenix, AZ’s AJJ will embark on a headlining tour this spring with support on various dates from Xiu Xiu, Tacocat, and Emperor X.
All tickets go on sale this Friday at 10:00 AM local.
Good Luck Everybody comes out on January 17, a fitting start to a year that may change everything about the tidal wave reality that’s been life in America post-2016. It’s a collection of songs that will undoubtedly stand out in the band’s 15-year catalogue; while still rooted in the folk-punk sound AJJ has become known for, the album is unafraid to delve into new territories that test the limits of what they’re capable of.
Drawing inspiration from everything, including Laurel Canyon folk-rock of the 60s and 70s to avant garde artists like Suicide, as well as some orchestral pop, there’s a lot to take in here. There’s the shockingly-funny “Mega Guillotine 2020,” inspired by @leyawn’s popular tweet depicting a mockup of a French Revolution-style guillotine with one blade and enough headrests for 15 Congress members … Bonnette’s intense commentary on post-2016 life in “Normalization Blues” ... and there’s even a piano ballad in “No Justice, No Peace, No Hope” (for which Bonnette apologizes: “I’m truly sorry for how bereft of optimism this song is. I can’t control the way I feel and I can’t lie to my piano.”).
Produced by vocalist Sean Bonnette and bassist Ben Gallaty, and featuring guest appearances from Thor Harris, Jeff Rosenstock, Kimya Dawson, and Laura Stevenson, Good Luck Everybody is being released via their new label, AJJ unlimited LTD, and on Specialist Subject Records in Europe.
Pre-orders are available now.
Good Luck Everybody’s opening track, “A Poem,” is streaming everywhere now.
When AJJ released their breakout album, 2006’s People Who Can Eat People Are The Luckiest People In The World, George W. Bush was the president of the United States. Songs like “People II: The Reckoning” outlined our collective nihilism while “Rejoice” celebrated the beauty in all of it anyway; it was an album that defined the relatively-hopeful feeling at the time that things would and could get better.
Now, nearly fifteen years and five albums later, AJJ returns with an album that, like People…, will undoubtedly define the feeling of post-2016 life in America. But for all of its dark leanings and its pessimistic reflections on modern culture, what AJJ does on this album is remarkable. It still serves to share one central message: basic human connection is the path to our collective return to sanity. It’s an album that will mark a time in our culture that cannot and will not be forgotten, and one that we will hopefully be able to learn from and grow past.
Good luck everybody.