Album recommendations by AJJ

Honecker played a show with Emperor-X and AJJ (formerly known as Andrew Jackson Jihad) this Thursday. We were lucky enough to chill out with the bands at a nice cabin in Halden before their next show in Gothenburg. We used the opportunity to ask AJJ about what albums they are recommending right now! (We asked Chad from Emperor-X too, but he was busy and found the question a bit too difficult).

So guys, what album are you recommending right now, and why?


Sean Bonnette (guitar and vocals)

I’d like to recommend the album The Scream by an artist called Cameron Michaels. Our friend and sometimes drummer, Chase Kamp, recommended that we listened to this album at the beginning of our European tour. To quote our tour manager Mark: «It’s one of the most interesting things we’ve heard in a while». The album was kinda pieces together with a computer using lots of plugins and virtual drummer and stuff. At the bottom of it all it got a lot of heart and lyrical density. Really catchy melodies that are sung kind of in a not confident way, but that is all part of the charm of it. So I recommend The Scream by Cameron Michaels.


Ben Gallaty (Bass and vocals)

Well, I guess I could go on and on about Cameron Michaels. I feel that he is breaking a lot of ground, challenging everyone’s idea of what music ought to be.
But I also recommend The Sidekicks album called Happiness Hours. They are great friends of ours that have been making a lot of great albums through the years, and they are one of my favorite live bands to watch. The newest album they just put up is excellent. Just the perfect balance of good song writing, great harmoinies and melodies. If you haven’t heard them I would start with Happiness Hours, Awkward Breeds is great aswell, and then Runners In The Nerved World. Fun stuff, I highly recommend you to check it out!


Photo by Erica Lauren

Mark Glick (Cello and tour manager)

I recommend the newest record… Well technically it’s not the newest record because they already put out something else in the two month since it came out. But the newest full length from The Body that is not a collaboration. The album is called I Fought Against It, But I… forgot the rest of the name (I Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer). So they are this incredible drony noise rock, like heavy band, that have always done this sludgy and heavy shit. But this one incorporated like women singing operatically and a bunch of weird electronics – I’ve started to call it «nightmare trap». Yeah, it’s fucking sick and so apocalyptic sounding. Perfect for 2018! Summer vibes for 2018: I Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer.

Thank you for you recommendations and for the show! If you haven’t checked out AJJ or Emperor-X, go do it now!