Tyneside gig for Frank Turner-approved Andrew Jackson Jihad

Andrew Jackson Jihad play at Think Tank in Newcastle on Friday, June 12.
Andrew Jackson Jihad play at Think Tank in Newcastle on Friday, June 12.
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One of folk-punk singer Frank Turner’s favourite bands are appearing on Tyneside this weekend.

Andrew Jackson Jihad have built a sizeable cult following since their formed in Phoenix, Arizone, a decade ago.

They released their fifth album, Christmas Island, to critical acclaim last year.

And they are playing at Think Tank in Newcastle tomorrow night as part of a short UK tour.

AJJ comprise founding members Sean Bonnette (vocals and guitar) and Ben Gallaty (bass), with Preston Bryant (keyboards, guitars) and Deacon Batchelor (drums) and touring cellist Mark Glick.

Their records can be heartbreaking, heartwarming and inspiring, often all at once, and their latest - their first for SideOneDummy - is no exception.

Frontman Bonnette says: “I’m mostly happy with it, butI think our next record will be better than this. At least, I hope that it would be. But if I died tomorrow, I’d be really happy that this was the last thing I recorded.”

Tickets for Andrew Jackson Jihad’s gig at Think Tank are £8 in advance, or £8.80 on the door.