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‘Pretty amazing’

AJJ is touring in support of “Gook Luck Everybody.” (Courtesy of

It’s a few hours before a show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Sean Bonnette is getting some rest.

Five shows into his current tour, the band is loosening up and having more fun.

“It’s been pretty amazing,” he says. “We’re all sharing parts on this tour and switching up playing instruments.”

Bonnette is a member of the folk punk outfit AJJ.

Ben Gallaty, Preston Bryant and Mark Glick round out the band, which is touring in support of its latest album, “Good Luck Everybody,” which was released Jan. 17.

The tour stops on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Launchpad.

AJJ was formed in 2004 as Andrew Jackson Jihad but uses the initials today.

The band is known for its lyrics, which tackle social anxiety, poverty, religion, addiction and politics.

Bonnette says work began on “Good Luck Everybody,” the band’s seventh studio album, in late 2018.

“That’s when the theme began to reveal itself,” he says. “There are songs on the album that have been around since 2012. They were just waiting to come to life at the right moment.”

Bonnette says that while working on the album, he made some changes to his writing process.

He says that during the writing for 2016’s “The Bible 2,” he did automatic writing techniques, such as stream-of-consciousness writing.

“With this album, I would play guitar every day,” he says of “Good Luck Everybody.” “I remember ‘No Justice, No Peace, No Hope’ and trying to write and make it fit perfectly. It’s like getting into Narnia and you have to go through the wardrobe. When you try to get back, you have to figure out a new way to get in.”

As the writing process moved forward, Bonnette realized the album was going to be more political than previous albums.

“There are topics that need to be addressed,” he says. ‘Since so many other bands have been silent to the rise of fascism in America, it was really easy to fit.”

Bonnette says he took his time editing the album.

“I’m not the most articulate person speaking,” he says. “I’m the best communicator when I’m writing songs. I get to craft my statement into something.”

Bonnette is constantly on tour and finds opportunities to skateboard in the cities he visits.

Downtown Albuquerque is one of his favorite skating spots.

“It’s interesting, because you can find out a lot about a city or town by skateboarding,” he says. “It’s a way I keep myself mentally and physically fit. It’s my time to escape.”

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