Andrew Jackson Jihad/Ghost Mice split CD
If we were to take Andrew Jackson Jihad's latest effort at lyrical value alone, we may suggest a suicide hotline for the folk/punk duo comprising Sean Bonnette and Ben Gallaty. Because we begin visualizing disenfranchised youth snorting coke off a tombstone while reading the Jihad's lyrics, Edgar Allan Poe, or some other depressive goth poetry. "Let Us Get Murdered" ("Let's go to sleep and never wake up/Let's find a loophole out of this") and "Unicron" ("I'd like to build a giant machine/That crushes the mountains and burns all the trees/And pees in the desert and dries out the seas/And melts all the ice caps and makes nature bleed") aren't, obviously, the most uplifting songs. But with energized acoustic accompaniment and Bonnette's raw vocal performances which are toned down and accessible compared with the band's previous album, Issue Problems there's a healthy and easily digestible vibe in the tracks, which are all under three minutes each. The 16-track full-length is a split with Bloomington, Indiana-based Ghost Mice, who bookend the album with eight positive tunes of stripped-down folk/punk with an acoustic guitar and violin. Recommended for the gleeful and the morose.
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