Andrew Jackson Jihad bring the weirdness to The Joiners

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Southsea Alternative Choir. Picture: Paul Windsor

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Keeping busy is just as important to Andrew Jackson Jihad as being completely and totally original.

That’s why the weirdest gang in all of the land has decided to pack their bags and head to the UK this summer.

For anyone unfamiliar with the five-piece from Phoenix, Arizona, maybe take it from someone you’re more familiar with like singer-songwriter and former AJJ tourmate Frank Turner: ‘I came across AJJ a few years back and pretty much instantly fell for their unique sound.

‘Musically it’s a pastiche of American country and folk, with a hefty dash of fifties Spektor-esque pop and Beach Boy melody thrown in, shoved violently through a lo-fi punk rock filter, topped off by a frantic voice that sounds something like Neil Young having a psychotic episode.

‘The lyrics are a defining point (this is definitely a band for people, like me, who are into lyrics).

‘Sean paints wild canvasses of personal frailty, masochistically dredging through the humiliating underbelly of humanity to find his colours, but always tempering his startling imagery with a healthy dose of humour.’

Find out for yourself when they play The Joiners in Southampton on Sunday. Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £10. Go to joiners.vticket.co.uk