Sean Bonette and Ben Gallaty are busy guys. The duo, who perform under the name Andrew Jackson Jihad, both have day jobs in their home town of Phoenix, Arizona, spent a good portion of this summer touring the United States and have just released their tenth studio recording in less than seven* years, Can't Maintain. Previously relying almost completely on the pairs acoustic guitar and upright bass, Can't Maintain finds the band expanding their sound, from going electric on the first track, "Heartilation," to adding strings and horns, making their sound alot more on the "indie folk" side of things than the "folk punk" we're used to hearing from the fellows.
The Neutral Milk Hotel influence that the band has always had but I never heard before is audible on a vast portion of the cd, from the horn section in "Love Will Fuck Us Apart" to "Truckers Are The Blood," which starts out sounding incredibly similar to the band's recent cover of "Two Headed Boy." Can't Maintain finds the band at their strangest ("Kazoo Sonata in C Major" is exactly what the track would lead you to believe.) and their most darkly optimistic . "I have seen the darkest heart of humanity," Bonette sings on You Don't Deserve Yourself before insisting "But I believe we are capable of good as well."