Phoenix, Arizona’s AJJ (Formerly Andrew Jackson Jihad) recently announced their return to Australia by appearing on the Yours & Owls Festival line up this September. Now come the rest of their tour dates with a stack of headline shows announced.

Fans in Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Launceston, Hobart and Melbourne will now also be able to catch them alongside those in Wollongong heading to Yours & Owls.

Full dates and venues below. Tickets will be on sale from 9am this Wednesday 19th July.

Since touring Australia with The Smith Street Band in 2015 they’ve released their sixth album ‘The Bible 2‘ via SideOneDummy Records.

The album’s mantra is placed at the centre: ‘No More Shame, No More Fear, No More Dread‘. ‘The Bible 2‘ finds the band choosing intimacy over isolation, gravity over the vacuum, the stage instead of the scene.

Album opener ‘Cody’s Theme‘ rings like Jay Reatard distorted with Neutral Milk Hotel neuroses “I set the mommy on fire / I set the baby on fire / not even Jesus could stop me“.

Singer Sean Bonnette’s narrative skills, and the band’s growing nuances have never been more heartbreaking than on ‘Junkie Church‘, a tender acoustic tale about affection and companionship on the lowest rung of society.

The band’s synth, cello and bass are employed to haunting Leonard Cohen-like production ends, staccato plucks and serrated chords hiving like gnats then quickly dissolving into darkness.

Former touring partner Wil Wagner from The Smith Street Band recently said

Sean might be my favourite living lyricist and we’re all lucky to have his songs in our lives. His songs get better and more polished every album but still maintain all the weird beautiful qualities that made me fall in love ten years ago.”

Watch their video for ‘Goodbye, Oh Goodbye‘, and listen to the album while browsing the dates below.

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TOUR DATES

AJJ
SEPTEMBER
27th – Crowbar, Brisbane [18+]
28th – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle [18+]
29th – The Lair, Sydney [18+]
30th – Transit Bar, Canberra [18+]
OCTOBER
1st – Yours & Owls Festival, Wollongong [18+]
4th – Ed Castle, Adelaide [18+]
5th – Club 54, Launceston [18+]
6th – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart [18+]
7th – The Reverence Hotel, Footscray [18+]
8th – Wrangler Studios, Footscray [AA – Arvo]
8th – The Gasometer, Collingwood [18+]
—> Tickets available Wednesday 19th July.
—> For more information, visit [Here].

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