In an act of uncharacteristic nostalgia, Phoenix’s AJJ (fka Andrew Jackson Jihad) will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their chaotic, genre-defying 2007 album People Who Can Eat People Are The Luckiest People On Earth with a full U.S. tour kicking off on August 18 in Phoenix, AZ. The tour will feature the band’s original lineup of Sean Bonnette on acoustic guitar and Ben Gallaty on stand-up bass.

Tickets will go on sale Wednesday June 28 at 10:00AM local.

“I can’t believe it’s been ten years since our first decent record came out,” explained singer/guitarist Sean Bonnette when asked about his feelings on the anniversary. “I distinctly remember when we found the album title in Kurt Vonnegut’s Hocus Pocus. We were in a daze driving overnight from Phoenix to LA to play a show. I called Asian Man and left Mike [Park] a message that morning. It felt dramatic. Why didn’t I just email him?”

People Who Can Eat People Are The Luckiest People In The World, the second album from AJJ released in September of 2007, is a thematic rollercoaster. Evoking feelings of both joy and existential dread, this album was the starting point for one of Bonnette’s central lyrical themes: human duality and the inner struggle between good and evil. Frantic folk instrumentation drives the sound of the album, which has been described as “sad in the key of happy” and “Neutral Milk Hotel on meth.” This is the album that put AJJ on the map and proudly remains a cornerstone in their great body of work.

AJJ released their latest album, an ambitious and assured collection of scuzzy punk screeds entitled The Bible 2, last summer. The band reconvened with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Xiu Xiu, Cloud Nothings), who also oversaw 2014’s sonically expansive Christmas Island. Both albums display Bonnette’s most impressive work, who has honed his confessional lyrical prowess into a punk inflected mire of Trent Reznor’s unrestrained turmoil, Jamie Stewart’s profane gallows humor and a touch of David Berman’s surreal quotidian imagery.

Tour Dates:

8/18 Phoenix, AZ Trunkspace
8/29 Portland, OR Star Theater Portland
8/30 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
8/31 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Ballroom
9/2 Calgary, AB The Palomino
9/3 Missoula, MT Monks
9/5 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
9/6 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
9/8 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
9/9 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
9/10 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
9/11 Chicago, IL Subterranean
9/12 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
9/14 Detroit, MI Loving Touch
9/15 Toronto, ON Hard Luck Bar
10/28 State College, PA State College
11/1 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair
11/2 Amityville, NY Amityville Music Hall
11/4 Pitsburgh, PA Spirit
11/5 Philadelphia, PA PhilaMOCA
11/7 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
11/8 Washington, DC Rock And Roll Hotel
11/9 Durham, NC Motorco
11/10 Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle
11/11 Nashville, TN Third Man
11/13 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
11/14 Gainesville, FL The Wooly
11/15 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
11/16 Birmingham, AL Satum Birmingham
11/18 St. Louis, MO Off Broadway
11/19 Lawrence, KS The Granada Theater
11/20 Norman, OK Opolis
12/1 Dallas, TX Club Dada
12/2 Austin, TX Barracuda
12/4 El Paso, TX The Lowbrow Palace
12/6 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
12/7 San Diego, CA The Irenic
12/8 San Francisco, CA Bottom Of The Hill
12/9 Santa Cruz, CA The Crepe Place
12/10 Sacramento, CA Harlow’s

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