Music

new AJJ before more new AJJ?!

January 8, 2020

Good Luck Everybody, the highly-anticipated seventh studio album from Phoenix’s AJJ out next Friday, is a record reflective of our times. It’s pessimistic and sad, but with small pockets of love and grace. It’s bitter and funny and scary, like a scroll through your endless feed showing you everything all at once, whether you were prepared to see it or not. But in all of its pointing-out of the world’s atrocities and how we’ve all changed as a result, Good Luck Everybody still has an underlying message to it that seeks to inspire hope and change for the better.

Today AJJ releases a new track called “Normalization Blues” –– it’s a true return-to-form for guitarist Sean Bonnette and bassist Ben Gallaty in terms of musical arrangement, as well as Bonnette’s distinct lyrical phrasing. Here, he laments what this neverending deluge of atrocities has done to our humanity: “I can feel my brain a’changin’, acclimating to the madness / I can feel my outrage shift 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.”

“Normalization Blues” is streaming everywhere today.

Good Luck Everybody will be a fitting start to a year that may change everything about the tidal wave reality that’s been life in America for the last three years. It’s also a collection of songs that will undoubtedly stand out in AJJ’s 15-year catalogue; while still rooted in the folk-punk sound they’ve become known for, Good Luck Everybody is unafraid to delve into new territories that test the limits of what they’re capable of.

http://floodmagazine.com/72182/premiere-ajj-vote-mega-guillotine-2020-in-teenage-stepdad-directed-video/

1. A Poem
2. Normalization Blues
3. Body Terror Song
4. Feedbag
5. No Justice, No Peace, No Hope
6. Mega Guillotine 2020
7. Loudmouth
8. Maggie
9. Psychic Warfare
10. Your Voice, as I Remember It
11. A Big Day for Grimley


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: https://www.ajjtheband.com/goodluck

photo by Giana Caliolo


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.

Music

new AJJ before more new AJJ?!

January 8, 2020

Good Luck Everybody, the highly-anticipated seventh studio album from Phoenix’s AJJ out next Friday, is a record reflective of our times. It’s pessimistic and sad, but with small pockets of love and grace. It’s bitter and funny and scary, like a scroll through your endless feed showing you everything all at once, whether you were prepared to see it or not. But in all of its pointing-out of the world’s atrocities and how we’ve all changed as a result, Good Luck Everybody still has an underlying message to it that seeks to inspire hope and change for the better.

Today AJJ releases a new track called “Normalization Blues” –– it’s a true return-to-form for guitarist Sean Bonnette and bassist Ben Gallaty in terms of musical arrangement, as well as Bonnette’s distinct lyrical phrasing. Here, he laments what this neverending deluge of atrocities has done to our humanity: “I can feel my brain a’changin’, acclimating to the madness / I can feel my outrage shift 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.”

“Normalization Blues” is streaming everywhere today.

Good Luck Everybody will be a fitting start to a year that may change everything about the tidal wave reality that’s been life in America for the last three years. It’s also a collection of songs that will undoubtedly stand out in AJJ’s 15-year catalogue; while still rooted in the folk-punk sound they’ve become known for, Good Luck Everybody is unafraid to delve into new territories that test the limits of what they’re capable of.

http://floodmagazine.com/72182/premiere-ajj-vote-mega-guillotine-2020-in-teenage-stepdad-directed-video/

1. A Poem
2. Normalization Blues
3. Body Terror Song
4. Feedbag
5. No Justice, No Peace, No Hope
6. Mega Guillotine 2020
7. Loudmouth
8. Maggie
9. Psychic Warfare
10. Your Voice, as I Remember It
11. A Big Day for Grimley


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: https://www.ajjtheband.com/goodluck

photo by Giana Caliolo


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.

Music

new AJJ before more new AJJ?!

May 26, 2020

Good Luck Everybody, the highly-anticipated seventh studio album from Phoenix’s AJJ out next Friday, is a record reflective of our times. It’s pessimistic and sad, but with small pockets of love and grace. It’s bitter and funny and scary, like a scroll through your endless feed showing you everything all at once, whether you were prepared to see it or not. But in all of its pointing-out of the world’s atrocities and how we’ve all changed as a result, Good Luck Everybody still has an underlying message to it that seeks to inspire hope and change for the better.

Today AJJ releases a new track called “Normalization Blues” –– it’s a true return-to-form for guitarist Sean Bonnette and bassist Ben Gallaty in terms of musical arrangement, as well as Bonnette’s distinct lyrical phrasing. Here, he laments what this neverending deluge of atrocities has done to our humanity: “I can feel my brain a’changin’, acclimating to the madness / I can feel my outrage shift 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.”

“Normalization Blues” is streaming everywhere today.

Good Luck Everybody will be a fitting start to a year that may change everything about the tidal wave reality that’s been life in America for the last three years. It’s also a collection of songs that will undoubtedly stand out in AJJ’s 15-year catalogue; while still rooted in the folk-punk sound they’ve become known for, Good Luck Everybody is unafraid to delve into new territories that test the limits of what they’re capable of.

http://floodmagazine.com/72182/premiere-ajj-vote-mega-guillotine-2020-in-teenage-stepdad-directed-video/

1. A Poem
2. Normalization Blues
3. Body Terror Song
4. Feedbag
5. No Justice, No Peace, No Hope
6. Mega Guillotine 2020
7. Loudmouth
8. Maggie
9. Psychic Warfare
10. Your Voice, as I Remember It
11. A Big Day for Grimley


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: https://www.ajjtheband.com/goodluck

photo by Giana Caliolo


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.