Phoenix, Arizona’s AJJ have recently found themselves as one of the biggest names in folk punk (even if that name has gotten a whole lot shorter since they started out in the scene). Their music has been noted for its unique arrangements and clever lyrics that express both humor and anxiety in such a way that the listener finds themselves simultaneously uncomfortable and excited. AJJ’s latest release, The Bible 2, incorporates all the witty lyricisms and commentary listeners have come to expect from AJJ with a grandiose sound and exciting arrangements worthy of a band that helped put folk punk on the map.
The Bible 2 opens with “Cody’s Theme”, diving right into the strange reality of a troubled childhood. Singer Sean Bonnette half sings-half shouts about parent teacher conferences, taking anger out on trees and other objects, and being a “total dick” as a child. The song is loud and exciting, filled with distorted guitar riffs and a chorus that manages to convince you to dance to a song about a really troubled kid while still wondering if he turned out ok. Continue reading Album Review: AJJ – The Bible 2