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
, controversial lyrics
and use of irony
. They have released three albums with Asian Man Records;
- People Who Can Eat People Are The Luckiest People In The World (2007)
- Can't Maintain (2009)
- Knife Man (2011)
Their first album, Candy Cigarettes and Cap Guns
(2005) was self-produced.
The band provides examples of:
- Those Two Guys: Sean and Ben, the only two constant members of the band.
Their music provides examples of:
- Anti-Love Song: "I Love You," a love song from the point of view of a bigoted, sadistic, misogynistic, homophobic, and overall crude and detestable character.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In "People II: The Reckoning"; "Child pornographers and cannibals, and politicians too."
- Artistic License - Biology: In "People II"; "Your parasympathetic nervous system reacts, and you're in fight-or-flight mode." It's the sympathetic nervous system. This is a big deal to med students.
- Black Comedy: As black as the void of space is empty.
- Department of Redundancy Department: In "Rejoice"; "Your hair, it smells like burning hair."
- Downer Ending: People Who Can Eat People Are The Luckiest People In The World seems to avert this with the highly idealistic "People".
- However, the song's sequel, "People II: The Reckoning", which appears earlier in the album, is very cynical, so it may just be subverted.
- Growing Up Sucks: One of the subjects discussed in "A Song Dedicated To The Memory Of Stormy The Rabbit".
- Long Title: People Who Can Eat People Are The Luckiest People In The World
- That album's eighth track, "A Song Dedicated To The Memory Of Stormy The Rabbit"
- Mood Dissonance: Apparent in many, if not most of the band's songs.
- 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.
- One-Word Title: "Rejoice" and "People".
- Precision F-Strike: "Rejoice", "Brave as a Noun"
- Rage Against the Reflection: The killer in "Bad Bad Things" loses his cool after he sees his own reflection in his victim's eyes.
- "And I smashed those tiny mirrors inside of your skull!"
- Religion Rant Song: "Rejoice" is Type 1, as is "Gift of the Magi 2," to an extent.
- Fuck God, anyway! God is obsolete!
- Serial Killer: The viewpoint character of "Bad Bad Things".
- Sole Survivor: In "Bad Bad Things", the singer is addressing the only surviving member of a family he killed.
- Three Chords and the Truth
- Title Drop: "Rejoice", "No More Tears", "Randy's House", "Personal Space Invader" and "People".