AJJ w/ Xiu Xiu + Emperor X
March 26th, 2021 at 8:00PM
Come enjoy a great Alternative show!
Doors at 7:00pm | all ages | $20 adv/$23 day ofAudiotree Presents:AJJXiu XiuEmperor XAJJ frontman Sean Bonnette can summarize the bands new album, Good Luck Everybody, in a single sentence: Sonically, its our least punk record, and lyrically, its our most punk record.And indeed, Good Luck Everybody (January 17, 2020), the Arizona bands seventh album, stands out in their already diverse catalog. While still rooted in the folk-punk sound AJJ has become known for, the album is unafraid to delve into new territories that test the limits of what the band is capable of. I think it explores some of the weirder sides of AJJ, the more experimental leanings that weve had in the past, says bassist Ben Gallaty. Good Luck Everybody draws from a wealth of sonic inspirations, from Laurel Canyon folk-rock of the 60s and 70s to avant garde artists like Suicide, as well as some orchestral pop. There is even a piano ballad, the tragic No Justice, No Peace, No Hope.Lyrically, Good Luck Everybody is a change of pace from the idiosyncratic songwriting style Bonnette has honed over more than 15 years fronting AJJ. It still features his wonderfully weird turns of phrase and oddball word pairings, but this time, his thematic lens is more directly focused on the inescapable atrocities of the world around him. Longtime fans will recognize the albums social commentary as a return to their 2011 release, Knife Man, but this time its fueled by a more radical urgency.I usually try for a timeless effect in songwriting, so that you can hear a song and generally not think about the context under which it was written, says Bonnette. But for this one, I was trying to write, and all the bad political shit just kept invading my brain and preventing me from writing that way. So I decided to fully embrace it and exorcise that demon. Much like Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs pulled their songs straight from newspaper headlines, Good Luck Everybody feels like a long scroll through social media feeds on a particularly volatile day.