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.