Since 2004, Phoenix’s Andrew Jackson Jihad have been pumping out a steady stream of folk-punk, including five full-length albums. Today marks something of a new chapter in their career, however, as they’ve decided to change their name to the short and simple AJJ.
In a post on their official website, AJJ note the two biggest reasons for shedding their longtime moniker:
“1.) We are not Muslims, and as such, it is disrespectful and irresponsible for us to use the word jihad in our band’s name. 2.) We no longer wish to be a living reminder of president Andrew Jackson. Interesting historical figure as he was, he was an odious person and our fascination with him has grown stale.”
“We are very sorry to any people the name has offended,” the band goes on to say. “We would like to thank those who have reached out over the years to let us know that the name is problematic, especially those who reached out with kindness.”
To coincide with the name change announcement, AJJ have also let loose a new song titled “Now That I’m at the Top of my Game”. The resilient number was recorded in Dallas with John Congleton, the renowned producer who worked on AJJ’s previous LP, Christmas Island.
Check it out below via its corresponding music video filled with body builders.