"I hate whiny fucking songs like this But I can't afford a therapist Sorry guys Here's a solo."
—Andrew Jackson Jihad,"Distance"
Andrew Jackson Jihad is an American folk punk band from Phoenix, Arizona. The band was formed in 2004 when its original drummer, Justin James White, approached Sean Bonnette and Ben Gallaty, who have remained the only two constant members of the band since.The band are noteworthy for their minimalist sound, self-deprecating wit, comically dark lyrics, and (on their more recent albums) sonic experimentation. They have released four studio albums and one live album:
Their first album, Candy Cigarettes and Cap Guns (2005) was self-produced.
The band provides examples of:
Knight in Sour Armor: There's a lot of real heart behind all that darkness. Especially clear on Knife Man tracks like "Zombie by the Cranberries by Andrew Jackson Jihad" and "People II 2: Still Peoplin'."
Odd Couple: The main two members of the band are a social worker and a gravedigger, which should paint a fairly accurate picture of the band's worldview.
Those Two Guys: Sean and Ben, the only two constant members of the band.
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Love Martyr: "Love in the Time of Human Papillomavirus"
Mercy Kill: "Temple Grandin." Made more explicit in "Temple Grandin Too."
Murderers Are Rapists: Averted with "Bad Bad Things"; the mother in the family offers her body to the killer in exchange for the life of her family but he continues without mercy.
Non-Appearing Title: "People II: The Reckoning," "People II 2: Still Peoplin'," "Bad Bad Things," "Heartilation," "Love in the Time of Human Papillomavirus," "Dipping Things in Stuff," "American Tune," "Zombie by the Cranberries by Andrew Jackson Jihad," "This is Why I'm Hot"
Overshadowed by Awesome: Can't Maintain tends not to get mentioned in discussions about the band, being overshadowed by the irreverent weirdness of People That Can Eat People and the sprawling ambition of Knife Man.
Parody Commercial: The Crescent Ballroom performance of "People II 2: Still Peoplin'" features Sean narrating an advertisement for the salad glove during the extended bridge.
Power Ballad: "Big Bird" and "Back Pack" qualify, though they're particularly bizarre and unconventional examples of this trope.
"I am at the mercy of emotions of my better friends," - "And my emotions are at the mercy of my best of friends."
Religion Rant Song: "Rejoice" is Type 1. "Gift of the Magi 2," to an extent, though it tempers the harsher sentiments- "fuck God, anyway! God is obsolete!"- with "well, my god thinks my jokes are funny..."
Running Gag: The Salad Glove, an exciting new product by Andrew Jackson Jihad...
References to Nic Cage movies recur throughout their discography ("Heartilation," "Coffin Dancer," "Angel of Death").
Self-Deprecation: "And if you think you're better than me, you're right!" ("Heartilation")
"Personal Space Invader" ends with a brief pause followed by someone saying "...sounds like shit."
Shout-Out: They sometimes name their songs after other songs ("This is Why I'm Hot," "Zombie by the Cranberries by Andrew Jackson Jihad," "Free Bird") sometimes with minor alterations in the title ("Love Will Fuck Us Apart").
The title of "Fucc the Devil" is a reference to Sacramento horrorcore rapper Brotha Lynch.
"Do Re and Me" references hardcore punk band Man is the Bastard. "Coffin Dance" and "Angel of Death" reference Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans ("shoot him again, I can see his soul dancing...").
Sole Survivor: In "Bad Bad Things", the singer is addressing the only surviving member of a family he killed.
Title Track: They've sort of tiptoed around this a few times. "People" comes close to being People That Can Eat People's title track but technically isn't, and they have an unreleased song called "I Am the Knife Man" which would have been this for Knife Man had it not been cut.
Torture Porn: The second verse of "Back Pack" is absolutely brutal. You can hear Sean's voice cracking as he sings it.
Troll: The phone number given in the Salad Glove commercial is actually the number for the Westboro Baptist Church.