A new band to hit the scene? Awesome! Wait…they’re not new? Well who are they then? In 2003 The Von Bondies hit the music scene playing bar after bar and captivating bar goers and music lovers alike with they’re grungy in your face garage style of playing rock, but it wasn’t until they released their first single “C’mon, C’mon” did they get recognition. Everyone knows this song, for reference youtube the opening to the FX series rescue me. After this release they released their first record in 2004 called “Pawn Shoppe Heart” which wasn’t greatly received but helped them established a fan base. After extensive touring, playing lettermen, and getting into a bar brawl with jack white, the band took a bit of a break but still feverishly working to make a new release. With band members leaving, loss of interest, and a world being invaded by cruddy music, it seemed fans gave up hope from hearing anything from the bondies. But just when it seemed life went on and everyone forgotten, they announced the release of their new record “Love, Hate, And Then Theres You”. So what could be said about this album? Well if you were a fan of the first album I can see why it’d be hard to like this one, in other words: there a completely different band. But is that bad? When a band changes does it always mean it’s time to turn away? If your mom dyed her hair green would you disown her…don’t answer that on second thought, but I can assure you this is a record to give a listen to. The bondies are much more mature then they were in 2004. I believe it’s a true worth of the wait situation. The record opens with a foot stomping track called “This Is Our Perfect Crime” and then goes in with great guitar chords followed by Jason Stollsteimer’s (guitars and vocals) voice which upon hearing you can tell this guy wants you to listen to what he has to say! The bondies take their garage style of playing and throw it out the window and in a sense venture to the corners of alternative and indie with this new album. But in some songs such as “Only To Haunt You” and “Chancer” some of their old ways of playing can still be felt and boy does it feel nice. The best part about this record is not only is it a more mature album but it’s also a record you can tell was fun to make, the band clearly love making music and while listening I dare anyone to convince me otherwise. With really great laid out guitar chords, amazing basslines and songs you can even sing along to, this is defiantly a record to check out if you want something to be stuck in your head for weeks. Such songs as “Shut Your Mouth” and “She’s Dead To Me” are defiantly tracks that will have you fixated on Stollsteimers lyrics but also the bands mesmerizing way of playing. It is a short album (only 35 minutes long!) which is probably my only gripe with the record, but man we can we ask for a better record that appreciates the bass guitar? I honestly cannot imagine hearing anyone calling the bass not a real instrument after hearing this. Another mention is the fact that the female vocals are really toned down compared to their debut record, which does take away from the bands performances but overall Stollsteimer does deliver with his voice. So it certainly is an album worth checking out, and hey most likely your friends won’t be listening to this, so another bullet to add to the MTV rebellion.