THE BLOG

31
Mar

Sean Bonnette of Andrew Jackson Jihad talks “vulnerable music” & Phoenix roots

In February, TourKidd had the opportunity to chat with Sean Bonnette, vocalist and guitarist of the band Andrew Jackson Jihad (AJJ).  Over the past several years, AJJ has taken their moving lyrics and upright bass-pluckin’ rhythms from the sweltering pits of the Trunk Space to European stages, gathering an impressive following of some of the most dedicated and passionate fans.  Their music, which covers a vast array of genres but is concentrated in the folk-punk realm, integrates lyrics that combine adult themes of life’s struggles and major questions with the unapologetic honesty of a child.  This blunt, relatable expression in their music has been a secret ingredient to the band’s success, as it has pulled on the heart strings of listeners and created anthems for fans to scream together, sweaty arm in sweaty arm, at AJJ shows.  The powerful camaraderie felt and seen, through tears of joy and pain, at AJJ shows make them unforgettable nights of emotional turbulence that turn strangers into friends, impatiently waiting for the next AJJ experience.

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29
Mar

John Hoffman Talks “DIY” Within Weekend Nachos and Hardcore Punk

TourKidd was fortunate enough to get in touch with John Hoffman of Weekend Nachos, Spine, and Bad Teeth Recordings, prior to his departure for Weekend Nacho’s first ever tour through Japan, to review the relevance the “DIY” ethic plays in his different creative ventures and its importance to the larger hardcore punk community. John provided elaboration behind the dedicated sentiments that fuel his current ambitions and the initial observations that sparked his fervent and enthusiastic motivations.It’s these personal motivations that have really driven Weekend Nachos to evolve into a position where they’re, more or less, beyond reproach, with Spine starting to follow in a similar trajectory.  
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24
Mar

Smoke and Mirrors – Society of Musical Esotericism, Interviewed

One of Félix Guattari and Gilles Deleuze’s lesser-known contributions to political theory is the distinction-collapsing notion of the war-machine. Free of the forms of “overcoding” and “machinic enslavement” associated with internal, isolated nation-state relations, war-machines are organizations (which may or may not be subsumed by the state) which engage in ritualistic, non-lethal warfare for the purpose of a non-paradigmatic, non-hierarchical method of social control, free of the semiotic hegemony of the state. I’ve heard the language of the war-machine used in describing the Phoenix DIY music scene, but that’s never how I’ve seen it. Phoenix is cliquey, but the cliques serve a syndicalist role, as subsets of the whole work together to make it fun for the rest. It’s not unusual to see people with wholly different creative interests coming together and making friends with one another at an event. This is, for the most part, why the Phoenix scene is so good.

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