AJJ + Official Kimya Dawson with Shellshag
Tuesday August 14th
$19.99 - $25.00
8PM - 19+
Tuesday August 14th 2018
The Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver BC
19+ Doors: 8:00PM
ADV: $19.99 + S/C
DOS: $25.00 + S/C
On Sale: Friday June 22, 2018
Comprising core members Sean Bonnette (acoustic guitar) and Ben Gallaty (upright bass), Andrew Jackson Jihad, aka AJJ, is a folk-punk outfit from Phoenix, Arizona. The Jihad formed in 2004, when frontman Bonnette was still a teenager, and the duo quickly began writing humorously explicit music with macabre themes. Early topics ran the gamut from self-sacrifice to childhood drug addiction, all sung in a frantic manner with acoustic instrumentation. Their self-released debut, Candy Cigarettes & Cap Guns, appeared in 2005, after which a number of self-released demos and EPs attracted the attention of Plan-It-X Records. The label issued a split release with Andrew Jackson Jihad and the similarly styled Ghost Mice in 2007.
On September 11 of the same year, Asian Man Records released the Jihad’s second full-length album, People That Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World. Another EP followed in 2008, and in 2009 Asian Man released the band’s third album, Can’t Maintain. They spent several years touring the U.S. and Europe before the 2011 release of their fourth LP, Knife Man. The following year Bonnette and Gallaty were joined by second guitarist/keyboardist Preston Bryant and drummer Deacon Batchelor, expanding the lineup for a fuller band sound. Their touring schedule and profile increased in 2013, and in 2014 the band signed with L.A. indie SideOneDummy Records to release their fifth album, Christmas Island.
In 2016, after having been referred to as AJJ by many of their fans for years, the bandmembers officially changed their name, saying they no longer wanted to be either a reminder of the former President or disrespectful (as non-Muslims). The Bible 2 arrived under the AJJ moniker that summer and landed on multiple Billboard charts, including the rock, alternative, and independent albums charts. ~ Andrew Leahey, Timothy Monger & Marcy Donelson, Rovi
Singer/songwriter Kimya Dawson is best known for her work with the anti-folk outfit the Moldy Peaches, but she also maintained a lo-fi solo career during the 2000s. She made her solo debut with 2002’s I’m Sorry That Sometimes I’m Mean, a collection of spare tunes performed mostly on the acoustic guitar, and continued releasing her own albums after the Moldy Peaches took a hiatus in 2004. Along the way, she contributed eight songs to the chart-topping Juno soundtrack, which brought her music to a wider audience, and made a foray into children’s music.
The quirky songwriter was born and raised in Bedford Hills, NY, where her parents ran a day-care center from their home. Dawson and fellow Moldy Peach member Adam Green met in 1995 at a record store in Mt. Kisco, NY, where she worked. For the next four years, Dawson moved back and forth between New York and Washington, but she and Green began writing songs together whenever time allowed. In 1999, Green followed Dawson to Washington, where they formed the Moldy Peaches. Green returned to New York after a year, with Dawson following later. Eventually, the Moldy Peaches — now featuring a lineup that included Dawson, Green, drummer Strictly Beats, bassist Steve Mertens, and guitarists Jack Dishel and Toby Goodshank — began playing the city’s anti-folk circuit.
The group released their self-titled debut in 2001 to critical acclaim. All the songs were co-written and sung by both Dawson and Green, and the band toured the States and abroad in support of its release. Dawson also began working with other artists by contributing backing vocals to Ben Kweller’s 2002 solo debut, Sha, Sha. Later that same year, the Moldy Peaches began a hiatus of indefinite length when both Dawson and Green’s (Garfield) solo albums were released. I’m Sorry That Sometimes I’m Mean was well received by critics, and Dawson embarked on a tour of Europe and the United States.
In 2004, Dawson released two more albums of material culled from her bedroom sessions: Knock-Knock Who? and My Cute Fiend Sweet Princess. Later that year, Hidden Vagenda arrived on K Records. Dawson resurfaced in 2006 with the Kimya Dawson/Matty Pop Chart EP, as well as a full-length album titled Remember That I Love You. Her career took a slight but surprising turn in 2008, when the Juno soundtrack became a multi-platinum success and K Records released her first children’s album, Alphabutt, which included the songs “Wiggle My Tooth,” “Little Monster Babies,” and “Pee Pee in the Potty.” ~ Christina Saraceno