Despite having lost longtime guitarist Marcie Bolen, bassist Carrie Smith, replacement low-ender Yasmine Smith, and, uh, his wife since the release of 2004’s Pawn Shoppe Heart, Von Bondies principal Jason Stollsteimer, a.k.a. Jack White’s punching bag, soldiers on, capping efforts on Love, Hate, and Then There’s You, the Detroit-based project’s second major-label effort. The album, which has yet-to-be issued an exact release date, is expected to drop in early 2008.
“When we got off touring Pawn Shoppe Heart we were so exhausted,” Stollsteimer told Billboard.com about the album’s delay. “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.
Love, Hate and Then There’s You was chiefly recorded alongside Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) and Peter Katis (Interpol, The National), but also features the special touch of Butch Walker on the album’s last few tunes. He “was amazing ’cause I’ve never worked with a producer that was the front person of their own band, too, and could totally remove themselves from what they like and do whatever you wanted,” Stollsteimer said of working with Walker. “He definitely helped bring out the final songs on the record.”
The band, which now features original drummer Don Blum and Motor City musicians Alicia Gbur, Leann Banks, and Matt Lannoo, plan to hit the road this October and continue previewing material into the New Year.
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