Detroit’s Von Bondies started recording their third album, “Love, Hate, and Then There’s You” nearly four years ago. And the band kept the project alive even as the group split with its major label, Sire Records, endured a series of personnel changes and frontman Jason Stollsteimer divorced from his wife.
Now the album will finally see the light of day, with a scheduled Feb. 9 release.
“It’s been hard to sit on these songs,” says Stollsteimer, 30, who along with drummer and group co-founder
financed “Love, Hate ...” as well as Von Bondies’ continued touring. “We wanted to play them live, but it would be a waste of time doing that for four years if nobody could listen to them at home.”
Stollsteimer and Blum did release a Von Bondies EP earlier this year that included “Pale Bride,” which became something of a grass roots hit and will be the first single from “Love, Hate ...”, with a video recently shot on Belle Isle and in Detroit’s Indian Village. Von Bondies — which now includes Detroit musicians Leann Banks on bass and Christy Hunt on guitar — are gearing up for more touring in early 2009 to support the album, and Stollsteimer says that while there were moments of despair while trying to get it out, he can see a definite silver lining now.
“If we had put out the record four years ago when we first turned it in, it would’ve sucked,” he explains. “There are only three songs from when we first handed it on that are still on the album, so it was a blessing in disguise that (Sire) said no to it. We kept writing and recording and wrote our best songs while all the business (stuff) was going on.
“We couldn’t have seen that at the time,” he adds with a laugh, “but we really feel like (the album) is much better now. It wound up being a pretty great ride.”
The Von Bondies headline Friday's (Oct. 31) Crofoot Creepy Cheapy Halloween Treat. They’ll be joined by Takeover UK, Army/Navy and the Shys in the Crofoot Ballroom, while Prussia, Javelins and Wildcatting will perform in the Pike Room and the Pop Project will play at Phonotropic in the Vernors Room. DJs will spin in the Crofoot Cafe and on the Crofoot Patio, and Wolfman Mac from WMYD’s (Channel 20) “Nightmare Sinema,” will marry couples at the Erebus Haunted Attraction. There will be costume contests as well. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $5. The Crofoot is located at 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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