Published Jul 27, 2007The Von Bondies (remember them?) will return after four years in early 2008 to release their third album. In an interview with Billboard.com, front-man Jason Stollsteimer revealed that the band has undergone some transformations: long-time guitarist Marcie Bolen and bassist Yasmine Smith (who replaced original bassist Carrie Smith in 2005) have both left the band, and were replaced by Alicia Gbur, Leann Banks and Matt Lannoo. Original drummer Don Blum is still with the band.
The follow-up to 2004's Pawn Shoppe Heart is titled Love, Hate and Then There's You (a reference to his now ex-wife, his old band members, Jack White???), and according to Stollsteimer, the reason for the lengthy wait was a need to relax and revitalise.
"When we got off of touring Pawn Shoppe Heart, we were so exhausted. In my own head, I was like, 'I don't want to ever do it again.' But these three years have revived my energy to do it again," he said.
"I wanted to get out and keep the momentum going, of course, but the truth is the momentum wasn't, like, millions of records, although it was really good. Most people knew us as the band who sang this one song ("C'mon C'mon") and not really who the band was or anything like that. So in that regard it didn't make sense to put out records two years ago. It wouldn't have been as good as it is today."
On top of that, Stollsteimer is also working with another band he formed, Hounds Below, which he admits is "a good outlet to help me write better lyrics and help me finish the Von Bondies record."
The Von Bondies "C'mon C'mon"