As THE VON BONDIES gear up for the February 3 release of Love, Hate And Then There's You--their third studio album and debut for Majordomo Records (an imprint of Shout! Factory)--the Michigan-based rock outfit has teamed up with MySpace to present their "Love, Hate And Then There's You" tour with special guests Nico Vega. The first round of dates commence in mid-February and includes stops throughout the Northeast including Toronto, Montreal, New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Cleveland and Ann Arbor. Additional dates for the Midwest and West Coast legs of the tour will be announced in early 2009.
Joining THE VON BONDIES' frontman and guitarist Jason Stollsteimer and drummer Don Blum on the dates are bassist Leann Banks and guitarist Christy Hunt. They'll perform songs from Love, Hate And Then There's You, filled with highlights like the first single and video "Pale Bride," "Accidents Will Happen," and "21st Birthday." Stollsteimer's newest batch of songs, as well as Blum's co-writes, were penned over the past few years and recorded sporadically during that period. Producers Butch Walker (Hot Hot Heat, The Donnas, All-American Rejects) and Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) fine-tuned the recordings.
What can fans expect to hear? In an early review of the album, the national Venus (winter 2009 issue) wrote: "The thrilling and bombastic drumbeat opening of 'This Is Our Perfect Crime' quickly establishes the record's driving pace. Stollsteimer's got a knack for writing hooks and choruses that beg you to sing along. 'Pale Bride' unapologetically boasts power chords and Stollsteimer's sneering chorus 'I don't care anymore' is full of rock n' roll swagger" (Lindsay Trapnell).
The confirmed tour dates are as follows:
Fri 2/13 Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, CANADA
Sun 2/15 Les Saints Montreal, CANADA
Mon 2/16 Mercury Lounge New York City, NY
Tues 2/17 Jammin Java Vienna, VA
Weds 2/18 The Khyber Philadelphia, PA
Thurs 2/20 Grog Shop Cleveland, OH
Fri 2/21 The Blind Pig Ann Arbor, MI
About The Von Bondies:
The roots of The Von Bondies can be traced back to the late '90s-at one point Jason had a band called the Baby Killers-but things really began in earnest when Blum teamed up with Stollsteimer in 1999. The name Von Bondies was born in 2000, and the first album Lack of Communication came the following year.
Raw and Rare, a collection of live BBC recordings, followed in 2003, then Pawn Shoppe Heart. It featured their huge 2004 hit single "C'mon C'mon," which subsequently took on a second life as the theme to Denis Leary's highly acclaimed FX TV series "Rescue Me."
The Von Bondies spent 2008 touring in support of their self-released EP We Are Kamikazes, which featured selected tracks from the February 2009 release Love, Hate And Then There's You, their third studio album and debut for Majordomo Records (an imprint of Shout! Factory). A limited edition 7-inch single of "Pale Bride" backed with the non-album "Falling In Love" is in stores now.