Andrew Jackson Jihad
Andrew Jackson Jihad
Background Information
Origin Phoenix, Arizona
Genre Folk Punk
Alternative Country
Years active 2004-present
Label(s) Asian Man
Associated Acts Cobra Skulls
Mischief Brew
Ghost Mice
Partners in 818
Sean Bonnette
Ben Gallaty

Andrew Jackson Jihad is an American folk punk band from Phoenix, Arizona formed in 2004.


Andrew Jackson Jihad was formed after its original drummer, Justin James White, approached Sean Bonnette and Ben Gallaty, who had just left Rodan (not the Rodan of Kentucky fame) and The Sub-Standards. Since then, many significant Arizona musicians have sat in with the remaining duo of Sean and Ben, including John de la Cruz of Fatigo and Asleep In The Sea's Owen Evans. Dylan Cook of Partners In 818 also plays mandolin regularly with the band. The constantly shifting lineup results in wide-ranging sonic textures both live and on record.[1] Many of their lyrics are overtly political in nature.[2]

Andrew Jackson Jihad has obtained much coverage for their songs about "serial killers, cigarettes, child abuse, and a vengeful Jesus" [3]. They were also the subject of controversy in HeartattaCk issue #49 regarding their song "I Love You," which is narrated by a character who "smoke[s] crystal meth" and "laugh[s] at retards,".

On April 15, 2006, the band played as part of the 2006 New Times Music Showcase, nominated for Best Americana Band, and won a Best of Phoenix award later that year.[4]

Besides their local shows, where they have become arguably the most prominent representative in Arizona of the DIY ethic, they have also toured in clubs and basements across the Western United States[5], appearing at such venues as the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, CA. One show in Kimberly, Idaho saw the band in a cowboy bar.[6].

They released a split with Ghost Mice on Plan-It-X-Records in 2007. Following this, Asian Man Records issued their first full-length album on September 11, 2007.[7][8]

It had been rumored that the duo's song "Guilt: the song" was used to promote the new Michael Moore film Capitalism: A Love Story, but that was not the case; the rumor was due to either an error or a fabrication.

Discography Edit

  • Candy Cigarettes and Cap Guns (2005)
  • Issue Problems EP (2006)
  • Flaspar/Andrew Jackson Jihad/Golden Boots split CD Night Pass Handmade Records (2006)
  • Andrew Jackson Jihad/French Quarter split CD Self-released (2007)
  • Andrew Jackson Jihad/Ghost Mice split Plan-It-X Records (2007)
  • People Who Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World Asian Man Records (2007)
  • Andrew Jackson Jihad/Partners In 818 split 7" Self-released (2007)
  • Art Of The Underground Volume 19 single Art Of The Underground (2007)
  • Only God Can Judge Me EP Plan-It-X Records (2008)
  • Andrew Jackson Jihad/ Cobra Skulls split 7" (Under the Influence Vol. 6) Suburban Home Records (2009)
  • Andrew Jackson Jihad/ Apocalypse Meow split 7" (Pug Life) Traffic Street Records (2009)
  • Sun, Smog, and Hate Folktale Records (2009)
  • Operation Stackola EP Self-released (2009)
  • Mischief Brew/ Andrew Jackson Jihad split 8" Pirates Press Records (2009)
  • Can't Maintain Asian Man Records (2009)
  • Dangerous Intersections V Traffic Street Records (2009)
  • Happy Holidays From Asian Man Records! Asian Man Records (2009)
  • Holiday Inn Gainesville LP Asbestos Records (2009)
  • Andrew Jackson Jihad/The Gunshy split 7" Silver Sprocket Records (2010)
  • The Chronicles Of Sheriff Joe Arpaio 7" Kingdom Mammalia (2010)

Notes Edit

  1. Andrew Jackson Jihad. Houston Press, January 10, 2008.
  2. "A Jihad on All Sorts of Topics". Arizona Daily News, September 22, 2005.
  3. Watson, Joe. "Phoenix New Times" magazine (December 23, 2004)
  4. 2006 Best of Phoenix. Phoenix New Times.
  5. Fanning, Christopher. "Andrew Jackson Jihad Isn’t Looking for a God-Damned Holy War, Just Good Music and Good Times" (September 29, 2004)
  6. Horowitz, Ben. 'State Press' (April 13, 2006)
  7. Andrew Jackson Jihad at Allmusic
  8. Album Review,, October 3, 2007.

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