The Von Bondies

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The Von Bondies
Background information
Also known asThe Baby Killers
OriginDetroit, Michigan, United States
GenresAlternative rock, indie rock, garage rock revival, post-punk revival, punk blues (early)
Years active1997–2011
LabelsMajordomo Records US/CAN Label
Fierce Panda UK/EURO Label
Sire Records
Sympathy for the Record Industry
Dim Mak Records
Intheact Records
Model Citizen Records
Associated actsHounds Below
Jerry Harrison
Butch Walker
Jim Diamond
Peter Katis
Rick Parker
Websitehttp://www.vonbondies.com/
Past members
Jason Stollsteimer
Leann Banks
Christy Hunt
Don Blum
Marcie Bolen
 
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The Von Bondies
Background information
Also known asThe Baby Killers
OriginDetroit, Michigan, United States
GenresAlternative rock, indie rock, garage rock revival, post-punk revival, punk blues (early)
Years active1997–2011
LabelsMajordomo Records US/CAN Label
Fierce Panda UK/EURO Label
Sire Records
Sympathy for the Record Industry
Dim Mak Records
Intheact Records
Model Citizen Records
Associated actsHounds Below
Jerry Harrison
Butch Walker
Jim Diamond
Peter Katis
Rick Parker
Websitehttp://www.vonbondies.com/
Past members
Jason Stollsteimer
Leann Banks
Christy Hunt
Don Blum
Marcie Bolen

The Von Bondies was an American alternative rock band active from 1997 to 2011.

The original line-up formed at the 1997 Cramps/Guitar Wolf show by Stollsteimer and Marcie Bolen.[1] They went through a variety of member changes and band names, including The Baby Killers, before settling on 'The Von Bondies' in 2000. Don Blum joined the band around 1999 after attending numerous Baby Killers shows, while Leann Banks was picked via an audition. The Von Bondies got their break by playing a New Year's Eve show in Detroit, Michigan in 2000. In attendance at the show was Long Gone John, owner of the Sympathy for the Record Industry label. This led to Sympathy releasing the band's debut album Lack of Communication in 2001.

In 2003, the band released the live Raw and Rare through Dim Mak Records, which was followed by their 2004 breakthrough release, Pawn Shoppe Heart, on Sire Records. Pawn Shoppe was produced by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads and co-produced by Stollsteimer.

The album reached a peak of No. 36 in the UK Albums Chart,[2] and No. 8 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart and stayed in that chart for eight weeks.[3] The hit single from this release was "C'mon C'mon," which reached No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and garnered national radio play.

A shortened version of "C'mon C'mon" was the theme song to the TV series Rescue Me and was performed live by the band in Michael Winterbottom's film 9 Songs. MLB Network also uses a brief clip of the song as the opening of their show 30 Clubs in 30 Days.

In 2008, the band signed with indie label Majordomo Records,[4] joining label mates The Airborne Toxic Event[5] and Earlimart.[6] Their label debut, Love, Hate and Then There's You, was released in February 2009 featuring the single "Pale Bride."

Known as a touring act, The Von Bondies have headlined tours of the United Kingdom/Europe, Australia, and the United States, taking along supporting bands like The Kills, Kasabian, Franz Ferdinand, Modey Lemon, SSM, The Subways, The Stills, Hot Panda and The Donnas.[7] They have also appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, Last Call with Carson Daly and CD:UK.[8]

The group disbanded in July 2011.[9] Its lineup at the time was Jason Stollsteimer on vocals and lead guitar, Christy Hunt on rhythm guitar and Leann Banks on bass guitar.

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Biography

Early days

In 2000, Stollsteimer attended a concert by Japanese garage punk band Guitar Wolf with Marcie Bolen. At the time, Stollsteimer was working a job as a bowling alley bartender and Marcie as a hairdresser. The performance spurred him to create his own band, The Baby Killers, which toured with fellow Detroit bands The Detroit Cobras, The Go and The White Stripes. After recruiting Lauren Wilcox on bass and Don Blum on drums the band changed their name to the Von Bondies.

While playing a handful of shows in the Detroit area, the quartet recorded singles "It Came From Japan," an ode to Guitar Wolf, and "Nite Train."

Lack of Communication (2001-2002)

Jim Diamond produced the Von Bondies' debut album, Lack of Communication, in late 2001.[10] It was recorded in three days.[11] It was released in 2001 by Sympathy for the Record Industry, and in the UK by Sweet Nothing Records. The hidden bonus track was a cover of Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home to Me", with Bolen on lead vocals. The band said this is the least expensive album they made.[12]

Pawn Shoppe Heart (2003-2005)

The group relocated to a San Francisco recording studio in early 2002 with producer Jerry Harrison to begin work on Pawn Shoppe Heart.

Broken ties

On the evening of December 13, 2003, an altercation occurred between Stollsteimer and the White Stripes frontman Jack White during the record release party for the band Blanche at The Magic Stick (a Detroit music club.) Stollsteimer was treated for injuries at Detroit Receiving Hospital.[13]

Love, Hate And Then There's You (2009-2011)

The Von Bondies third album was Love, Hate and Then There's You.[14] It was released on February 3, 2009. They released a limited-edition 7-inch single of "Pale Bride" from the album, backed with the non-album song "Falling In Love."[15]

The Von Bondies celebrated their ninth year together with this release. This was the first time that a Von Bondies release saw Don Blum co-write with Stollsteimer. Love, Hate was produced by Jason Stollsteimer, with three songs by Butch Walker and three songs by Rick Parker. All songs were written by Jason Stollsteimer, except "Blame Game" and "Earthquake," which were co-written by Stollsteimer and Blum.

Members

Discography

Studio albums

YearAlbumU.S. Billboard 200UK Albums Chart[2]Label
2001Lack of Communication--Sympathy For The Record Industry
2003Raw and Rare--Intheact Records/Dim Mak Records
2004Pawn Shoppe Heart19736Sire Records
2009Love, Hate and Then There's You--Majordomo Records

EPs

Singles

YearSongChart positionsAlbum
U.S. Hot 100U.S. Modern RockU.S. Main- stream RockUK Singles Chart[2]
2004"C'mon C'mon"-25-21Pawn Shoppe Heart
"Tell Me What You See"---43Pawn Shoppe Heart

Compilations

Videography

Music Videos:

DVDs featuring the Von Bondies:

Media usage

Interviews

References

  1. ^ "How the band started". http://www.laweekly.com/2002-12-12/music/von-bondies-boogie-children. 
  2. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 588. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "Top of the charts". http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/searchResult.jsp?configType=BBCOM_SIMPLEDEFAULT&pubList=Billboard&an=bbcom&action=Submit&kw=&exposeNavigation=true&keyword=von+bondies&submit.x=0&submit.y=0&submit=Submit&searchType=ARTICLE_SEARCH. 
  4. ^ "Majordomo Records". Majordomo Records. 2009-02-03. http://majordomorecords.com/. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  5. ^ Un. "The Airborne Toxic Event | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Myspace.com. http://myspace.com/theairbornetoxicevent. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  6. ^ "earlimart". Earlimartmusic.com. http://earlimartmusic.com/. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  7. ^ "Tour with the donnas". http://www.livedaily.com/news/6976.html. 
  8. ^ "Von Bondies on CD:UK". http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/800347. 
  9. ^ "Von Bondies' Jason Stollsteimer Says Band is 'Done,' Launches the Hounds Below". Spinner. 2011-07-11. http://www.spinner.com/2011/07/11/von-bondies-jason-stollsteimer-hounds-below/. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  10. ^ "Welcome Back". http://www.realdetroitweekly.com/article_4289.shtml. 
  11. ^ "only 3 days". http://www.freewilliamsburg.com/april_2003/von-bondies.htmll. 
  12. ^ "Interview: Jason Stollsteimer of Von Bondies (The Scenestar)". Thescenestar.typepad.com. 2008-01-20. http://thescenestar.typepad.com/ss/2008/01/interview-jason.html. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  13. ^ "Jack White Pleads Guilty to Assault Charge". http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1481112/20031215/white_stripes.jhtml?headlines=truehtml. 
  14. ^ "The Von Bondies Sign To Majordomo". http://www.majordomorecords.com/newsDetails.php?nid=37/. 
  15. ^ "The Von Bondies Sign To Majordomo". http://www.majordomorecords.com/newsDetails.php?nid=37. 
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