Record Label: Lauren Records
AJJ (Formerly Andrew Jackson Jihad) surprised released their latest mini album, Back In The Jazz Coffin, with cassettes on Lauren Records. This release follows two full-length records from the prolific, Phoenix-born band on Side One dummy Records. Both Christmas Island (2014) and The Bible 2 (2016) signified a departure from the group's former name and the largely acoustic sound, while Back In The Jazz Coffin seems to touch back to the familiarities of their album Knife Man (2011).
Back In The Jazz Coffin delivers honesty and appreciation as singers Sean Bonnette recounts experiences as varied as a childhood memory or spats with Border Patrol and an ex. Such scenes perfectly refract the sights and sounds that grow up to become memories. With five songs that clock in at less than ten minutes, Back In The Jazz Coffin reminds us why we fell in love with AJJ in the first place: they blow the cap off secrets with an awe-inspiring degree of candidness. Bonnette trusts listeners with his darkest moments and deepest sources of shame, shedding wisdom all the while.