Win Tickets ($46): Take Warning & Danno Present: AJJ @ Wonder Ballroom | Folk Punk, w/ WHY? (duo)
We are giving away a pair of tickets to Take Warning & Danno Present: AJJ @ Wonder Ballroom on August 21. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed August 18.
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Take Warning & Danno Present: AJJ
w/ WHY? (duo)
August 21, 2022
8PM | $23 | All Ages
More info: event.etix.com
128 NE Russell St, Portland, OR 97212
AJJ frontman Sean Bonnette can summarize the band’s new album, Good Luck Everybody, in a single sentence: “Sonically, it’s our least punk record, and lyrically, it’s our most punk record.” And indeed, Good Luck Everybody (January 17, 2020), the Arizona band’s 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 we’ve 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 album’s social commentary as a return to their 2011 release, Knife Man, but this time it’s fueled by a more radical urgency.