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"Long" Break Ahead For Detroit's Von Bondies

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, August 28, 2009

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Jason Stollsteimer is celebrating 10 years of the Von Bondies — and getting ready to put the band on ice for a bit at the same time.

“This might be our last show for a very, very long time ... maybe years,” Stollsteimer, 31, says of Friday's (Aug. 28) homecoming concert at Detroit’s Magic Stick, which brings to an end several years of hard touring for the group and will be “probably the longest set we’ve ever played.

“I still love the Von Bondies. I’m not ever going to break (the band) up; the only way the Von Bondies will break up is if I’m dead. But everybody has other things they want to do. I don’t want to keep repeating the same thing, playing the same venues year after year after year. I’m proud of how well we do, but I’d like to try something new, too.”

The Von Bondies are certainly making some noise on their way out, with a new album — “Love, Hate and Then There’s You” — released earlier this year and the band’s 2004 single “C’mon C’mon” part of the Rock Band video game. But Stollsteimer, who remains with drummer Don Blum from Von Bondies’ original lineup, is particularly keen to get going with Hounds Below, an Americana-styled group that’s been together for two years but is now gearing up for its own round of touring and recording.

“It’s a totally different kind of band than the Von Bondies,” reports Stollsteimer, who describes Hounds Below as “a mix between Roy Orbison, Conway Twitty and the Jesus & Mary Chain ... It’s kind of like starting over in way, but we have a leg up ’cause people know me from the Von Bondies. We’re getting a lot of show offers.”

But before the conversation is over, Stollsteimer backs off a bit from his prediction of how long Von Bondies will be in hiatus.

“Well, it won’t be for years, I guess,” he says with a laugh. “You’ll probably hear in six months that we’re putting out a new record, then after the record out we’ll start touring again. But it will be at least a little while ... ”

The Von Bondies, 800beloved, the Juliets and Karl Marx Bros. perform Friday (Aug. 28) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majestic detroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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