AJJ – aka folk-punk legends Sean Bonnette (guitar/vox), Ben Gallaty (bass), Preston Bryant (guitar/keys), Mark Glick (cello) and Kevin Higuchi (drums) – announce their eighth studio album, and debut for Hopeless Information.
Recorded in 2022 in numerous studios throughout the Southwest with the band recording as a five-piece for the primary time, Disposable Every part boasts apocalyptic themes and imagery like all one of the best AJJ information. However whereas it follows the outbreak of a pandemic and AJJ’s eerily prescient January 2020 album Good Luck Everyone, the brand new LP is much less a prophesying mirror held to a burning world than one impressed by private grief and about what occurs whenever you attain the opposite aspect. The truth is, it is a important, vital and delightful album that’ll make you are feeling higher about all the pieces whereas telling you simply how horrible all the pieces is on the similar time.
To have a good time the album announcement, AJJ share two new singles – the album’s title observe and “Dissonance.” These two songs comply with the not too long ago launched “The Child Panda,” with “Disposable Every part” spelling out the damaging impression of late capitalism whereas nonetheless shimmering with hope. Sean Bonnette says “This video got here collectively actually naturally. My oldest buddy is a grasp puppeteer by the title of Gwendolyn Bonar. We went to kindergarten collectively. I reached out to her at the start of December to gauge her curiosity in working with us on a video, to which she replied “Yeah, let’s get bizarre. So I referred to as Joe Stakun, director of AJJ’s traditional video Goodbye Oh Goodbye and in lower than a month we have been taking pictures the video on the Nice Arizona Puppet Theater.”
“The puppets used within the movie are all fabricated from trash and located supplies, and coincidentally, so have been the lenses that (director of images) Eric Bader used within the shoot. Seems his pandemic mission was making digicam lenses from damaged digicam tools, discovered glass, and pipe fittings. As quickly as he heard the tune he knew what he had been constructing them for.” Take heed to the tune now HERE.
For AJJ, Disposable Every part is about what occurs after the collapse-on each an intimately private stage and a much wider scale. “A big a part of this album is the horrible factor I have been imagining lastly occurred,” singer Sean Bonnette explains. “A giant theme is my mother’s dying, which is one thing I believe everybody lives in terror of. However as soon as it occurs and you are still alive, you determine the right way to transfer on. It’s, in some bizarre method, our happiest report .”
Ever since AJJ fashioned again in 2004, it is felt just like the world has been enjoying catch-up with AJJ’s cheery tackle a collapsing society. Now, with their forthcoming new album, Disposable Every part, it feels just like the world is lastly aligned with AJJ’s doom-laden prophecies – albeit one that also shimmers with hope. Anybody accustomed to the band is aware of that juxtaposition-between apocalyptic despair and the nice and cozy consolation of an electrical blanket-is nothing new for AJJ, however these 14 tracks are essentially the most agency instance of that so far. Disposable Every part actually captures the simultaneous terror and marvel of being alive. All through the almost 20 years for the reason that band’s inception, AJJ’s music has all the time discovered its option to the irreverent, optimistic pessimists of the world. For instance, 2020’s “Physique Terror Music” which grew to become a viral hit on TikTok.
Their unparalleled dwell present has all the time been a bedrock of AJJ, with memorable excursions with Joyce Manor, In opposition to Me!, ROAR, Jeff Rosenstock, Kimya Dawson, and large indie punk festivals, like The Fest. And it is that dwell power and sense of group and collaboration that made its mark on the recording of Disposable Every part. For the primary time recording as a full five-piece, the objective was to have enjoyable, open up a free trade of concepts, and simply be collectively. That overriding sense of solidarity pervades this album, exaggerated by the best way the band take a look at it extra like a mixtape than a report within the conventional sense–fully indulging AJJ’s vast musical vary and their tendency to play with style, whereas additionally defying expectations as to what songs about sure topics ought to sound like. Certainly, this feels extra like a band report than AJJ have ever made earlier than. Most likely as a result of it’s.
That AJJ are nonetheless capable of supply up their distinctive model of humor and irreverence as an answer to the world’s ills virtually 20 years into their profession is not misplaced on them. “I did not ever count on AJJ to be what it is develop into,” says Gallaty, “however I am actually pleased with it. A few of my favourite individuals play within the band, and the entire bigger group we get to be a part of simply blows my thoughts. It is actually exhausting to think about a life with out it.”
Take heed to the brand new singles right here: