Jason Stollsteimer and crew were back in full Detroit rock force with the addition of an extra tour guitarist, (are three guitarists really necessary?) to add even more rock to their already heavy, melodic and swooning cache of musical numbers. The hits were all there, yet it’s hard to believe it’s been almost four years since the release of Pawn Shoppe Heart. The band is definitely back and their sound is still pure Bondies, and needless to say, Stollsteimer still has one of the best voices in indie rock.

After “C’mon C’mon” became a certifiable sing-along hit (the fact that it was the theme song to the Fox TV show Rescue Me didn’t hurt), where do you go from there? Well, the Von Bondies have a new album, Love, Hate and Then There’s You, coming out this year and some of the new songs, like “Pale Bride” and “21st Birthday” proved to be even more rocking than their older standards, but with added melodic finesse and twists and turns.

The last time I saw the band at Irving Plaza they sounded a tad bit better, but that really has more to do with the sound system of that larger venue. In any case, the Von Bondies have been on hiatus for a while, but they still throw down with the best of them. Jason’s croon has gotten even smoother over the years and the VBs give their audience one of the best rock shows on the circuit. Their old stuff rocks, their new stuff rocks and that’s all that is important when it comes right down to it. Von Bondies rule, okay!–Chris David/photos by CD

 
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