Von Bondies : London Highbury Garage
Their guitars are speaking in tongues...
It's a mixed blessing being friends, colleagues and compatriots of White Stripes. The Bondies have ridden the White slipsteam thus far, earning exposure and a chance to play loud in big venues. But The Von Bondies are so perfect in themselves, it hardly seems fair that they're the denim blue adjuncts to the all-conquering red and white flag.
If it's worth feeling, singer Jason Stollsteimer believes it's worth hollering. And so he and his fiendishly cool female bookends - guitarist Marcie Bolen and bassist Carrie Smith - rip though songs like the 'Lack Of Communication' with abandon. Where Jack White gives the impression of having closely studied classic texts of pain, Stollsteimer just spits gall. The VBs' debut, 'Lack Of Communication' is a messy breakup album, but one that struts off into the night - as on 'Please Please Man' - after howling at the moon.
For all the excellent rock 'n' roll recriminating, though, The Von Bondies are never finer than when they're just worshipping primal forces. And so 'It Came From Japan''s awesome chorus "we all hail/hail rock 'n' roll" is the night's rallying cry, and the final feedback scream, their hymn.
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