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Interview: Von Bondies’ Guitarist Forms The Hounds Below

After ten years leading Detroit garage rockers the Von Bondies, guitarist Jason Stollsteimer saw an opportunity to move in a completely different direction with his new band The Hounds Below.

“I’m very proud of what I did with the Von Bondies, said Jason. “But this is what I’m doing now.”

Encompassing a sparse almost fifties-like early Elvis sound with a renewed emphasis on vocals reminiscent of Roy Orbison, the Hounds Below has emerged with a distinctively refreshing approach that is miles away from the Von Bondies.

“The Hounds Below is way more crooner oriented,” said Jason. “It’s a different kind of fun. I’m not as angry in this band. Maybe a little more sad and hopeful at the same time. In my old band it was angrier. I’m not angry anymore."

This September evening was the opening show of a three week national tour showcasing new material that will come out on a full length album come January. While the band may be new, the energy created on stage is pure adrenalin straight from the Von Bondies bag of tricks. From the alt-country infused rocker “Two Steps” to the haunting ballad “Crawling Back to You”, the five piece band demonstrated the diversity of Jason’s songwriting capabilities on a rock n’ roll canvas.

After the show I got to sit down with Jason Stollsteimer and talk about the Hounds Below. He was reluctant to talk directly about the Von Bondies, referring to them only as his “old band.” 

The Hounds Below

The Hounds Below 

The Hounds Below - Crawling Back to You

The Hounds Below - Two Step

The Hounds Below - Love's No Longer Here

 

 

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Earth w/ Holy Sons,
Droids Attack
The Frequency
Tues, Sept. 8

Eagles of Death Metal
w/ Jesika Von Rabbit
High Noon Saloon
Thu, Sept. 10 (sold-out)
 
Ratatat
w/ Hot Sugar
Orpheum Theater
Fri, Sept. 11

Thurston Moore Band
w/ Mikal Cronin,
The Cairo Gang
High Noon Saloon
Fri, Sept. 11

Field Report
w/ Solid Gold,
Anna Vogelzang,
Simon Balto
Edgewater Plaza
Fri, Sept. 11 (Free!)

Desaparecidos
(feat. Conor Oberst)
w/ Joyce Manor
Turner Hall (Milw)
Mon, Sept. 14
 
Yonatan Gat
w/ Lover's Spit
Minotaurs,
The Frequency
Thu, Sept. 17
 
Low w/ Andy Shauf
High Noon Saloon
Fri, Sept. 18

Live on King Street
feat. Benjamin Booker
w/ Hippo Campus and
The Hussy
Majestic Theatre (Outside)
Fri, Sept. 18 (Free!)
 
Father John Misty
w/ TBA
Orpheum Theater
Sun, Sept. 20
 
Wavves
w/ Twin Peaks,
Steep Leans
Majestic Theatre
Mon, Sept. 21

Beach House
w/ Jessica Pratt
Pabst Theaer (Milw)
Mon, Sept. 21

Noah Gunderson
w/ Ivan & Alyosha
High Noon Saloon
Wed, Sept. 23
 
Zola Jesus
Memorial Union
Shannon Hall
Thu, Sept. 24 (Free!)

Pure Bathing Culture
w/ Wild Ones
The Frequency
Thu, Sept. 24
 
Holly Miranda
w/ Gracie & Rachel
The Frequency
Fri, Sept. 25
 
Toro Y Moi
w/ Astronauts, etc.
Majestic Theater
Fri, Sept. 25

Shemekia Copeland
w/ TBA
High Noon Saloon
Fri, Sept. 25
 
Heartless Bastards
w/ Alberta Cross
Majestic Theatre
Sat, Sept. 26

The Decemberists
w/ Olivia Chaney
Overture Hall
Wed, Sept. 30
 
Avett Brothers
w/ Brett Dennen
Nicole Atkins
Breeze Stevens Field
Fri, Oct. 2 (sold out!)

Dilinger Four
w/ Night Birds,
Tenement
High Noon Saloon
Sun, Oct. 4

Glass Animals
w/ Hinds
Orpheum Theatre
Tue, Oct. 6

PHOX
w/ MILO
Shitty Barn
Spring Green
Wed, Oct. 7

CASHMERE CAT
w/ Yacht Club,
Dense City
@ Liquid
Fri, Oct. 9

Titus Andronicus
w/ Spider Bags, Baked
The Frequency
Sat, Oct 10

Bully
w/ Heat
The Frequency
Sun, Oct 11

DIIV
w/ No Joy,
Sunflower Bean
Majestic Theatre
Tue, Oct 13

Teen Daze
w/ Heavenly Beat
The Frequency
Sat, Oct. 17
 
GARBAGE
w/ Torres
Orpheum Theater
Sun, Oct. 18
 
Youth Lagoon
w/ Moonk King
Turner Hall (Milw)
Tues, Oct. 20

Neon Indian
w/ TBA
Majestic Theatre
Wed, Oct. 21

Grace Potter
w/ Rayland Baxter
Barrymore Theatre
Sat, Oct. 24
 
Of Montreal
w/ Diane Coffee
Majestic Theatre
Sun, Oct. 25
 
Matisyahu
w/ TBA
Majestic Theatre
Mon, Oct. 26
 
Wild Child
w/ Elliot Moss
Majestic Theatre
Wed, Oct. 28
 
Shannon & the Clams
w/ Shopping
The Frequency
Tue, Oct. 27
 
Telekinesis
w/ Say Hi
The Frequency
Thu, Oct. 29

PHOX
w/ Cougar
Capitol Theater
Sat, Nov. 7

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