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A.A. Bondy

A.A. Bondy is actually the birth name (the initials stand for Augeste Arthur) of Scott Bondy, the former lead singer of Birmingham, Alabama's Southern grunge darlings Verbena, frequently compared to Nirvana because of their gritty, aggressive sound and Bondy's searing vocals. The band, which also initially included drummer Les Nuby and bassist Daniel Johnston, was formed when all three were in high school in the early '90s. Later, singer and guitarist Anne Marie Griffin joined the trio, then called Shallow. Nuby eventually left the group and was replaced by original Remy Zero drummer Louis Schefano, and after a name change to Verbena, the band released the EP Pilot Park on Merge. Nuby rejoined the band a year later in time for Verbena's debut full-length, Souls for Sale, which caught the ears of Dave Grohl, who agreed to produce the band's major-label debut, Into the Pink. Johnston left the band, making Verbena a trio once again, and it was as a trio that Verbena recorded their third album, 2003's La Musica Negra, before calling it quits. Bondy retreated to his Catskills home in Palenville in upstate New York, and in time, began writing songs again, emerging with a stripped-down indie folk sound. He recorded and mixed his debut solo album, American Hearts, at a barn near his home, releasing the project in 2007 on the Superphonic imprint. The album was picked up by Fat Possum and re-released early in 2008. A second Fat Possum album, When the Devil's Loose, appeared in 2009, with a third, Believers, following two years later in 2011. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi
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erinodowd
Rosemary, that description is of Verbena, Bondy's old band.
artsygrl44
What is up with the description? "gritty, aggressive sound" ???????
cool-io!
He is amazing. Cannot thank my friend enough for introducing me to him. Loveeee his music.
kseale53
This guys music is the Bomb and I can't understand how somebody can believe this music bites. To each their own but damn, this guy is absolutely freaking great! Come on!!
irish9828
Bondy is an amazing artist that writes and plays about his life ......
irish9828
To bobonnit it's all about where u are at
Sorry u don't get it
jazzyblues79
AA Bondy is great. Awesome artist.
I don't understand the comment below.
This artist bites. Depressing
When I was first introduced to Bondy it was, of course, to the American Hearts album. For a long time I thought this was his best album. However, over time I came to appreciate the genius of both Devil's Loose and Believers. Believers is especially mind blowing. For those American Hearts lovers, you have to listen to Believers again... a rare case where an artist's evolution is a good one.
webersf
Many say that no good music came with the last generation , that the sixties were better . I say no no , this generation is as good or better . I am 67 and A.A. Bondy and many others prove it !
a little like fleet foxes
forest_roy
You're the man, A.A. Can't wait to see you again in Colorado.
rayraybann
American Hearts is a monumental Work of genius/ Bondy has floored me on this record. On par with Dylan ,Neil Young James taylor ,you are a true master, Thank You for this prolific work of art. Please come to Austin Texas .All the best, AA / WE LOVE YOU MAN !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! T h e Bann
LOVE LOVE his music! please tour in NY! :)
firefancy
Wish he'd come back to Knoxville.
trucksvc
Love his sound ...
Very nice
Solid
rayraybann
A core original of Indie folk and BEYOND . We love you Man !! All the best . The Bann = AUSTIN TEXAS..
There is something about his sound which is simultaneous l y sad and joyful. He is amazing.
mrlucky1979
Both albums are fantastic, but American Hearts is one of those albums that will have longevity that outweighs its sales. It's a masterpiece for its music and its testament to DIY recording.
into it...
Pretty cool tuneage, I do believe.
Superior artist. American Hearts is one of the best albums I've heard in a long time. Haven't seen him live as yet.
charlesspock
I've seen him live several times, wonderful artist. American Hearts is simply an amazing album.
mrneer
Spend some quality time with AA Bondy. Saw it live- genuine artist with amazing sound. We were a small crowd, but he played for the true fans and made some new ones in turn.
forest_roy
A.A., your show at the Hi-Dive kicked a**! You're mad talented. Keep it up, bub.
sprestridge
Guitar is done better by Elizabeth Cotton. Lyrics done better by Blind Blake, Blind Willie McTell, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson, Tampa Red . . . somebody stop me.
A flawless album. Go buy it right now. Going to see him for five bucks next week.
One of the better albums put together in awhile. Seeing Bondy live is a treat as well

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