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Vic Bondi is a singer/songwriter and one of the founding members of political Chicago punk band Articles of Faith. Bondi was originally a protest singer with decidedly leftist views. He went on to form Alloy, and Jones Very after AoF's demise. At the time of AoF's original breakup Bondi was working as a history instructor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Bondi's subsequent day jobs included working on Microsoft's Encarta as managing editor of the Encarta Interactive English Learning edition (Bondi's attempt to fend off accusations of hypocrisy on this ironic career choice can be found here). Bondi resurfaced with another politically charged band, Report Suspicious Activity in 2006, and was featured prominently in the documentaries American Hardcore and You Weren't There.
Bondi is the son of a U.S. Navy captain and his family moved frequently when he was young: by his own count, he moved to new homes twenty-two times before the age of eighteen. He attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois where he majored in history.
Articles of Faith
Bondi founded Articles of Faith in the early 1980s. Originally a Springsteen / Clash cover band called Direct Drive, the group made an about-face and changed both its music and name after Bondi made a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. in 1981 and underwent a conversion he describes as an “epiphany.” Combining thrash, reggae, and noise, the group was notable for its political lyrics, three-guitar attack, and sponsorship of the Chicago scene. AoF released two EPs (What We Want is Free and Wait) and two LPs (Give Thanks and In This Life, both produced by Bob Mould, and toured North America several times from 1983-1985. Many of the band’s themes centered on the conventional leftist desiderata of solidarity and brotherhood, but even other leftist musicians found Bondi difficult and autocratic.  His truculence and cultivation of grudges have earned him a reputation as a “prickly hothead”, and a bizarre scene in "You Weren’t There” captures the chronically overwrought Bondi challenging Steve Albini to a fight. Bondi had already left Chicago by the time AoF disbanded in 1985.
Bondi was also the lead singer and guitarist of Jones Very and Alloy. Bondi fronted Report Suspicious Activity which also features J. Robbins of Channels, Jawbox, and Burning Airlines, Darren Zentek from Kerosene 454/Oswego/Channels, and Erik Denno from Kerosene 454, which released a record on Alternative Tentacles in 2005. Vic has also played with Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine in a project called Weatherman. Bondi now fronts hardcore band Dead Ending with members of Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Noise by Numbers & The Bomb. Dead Ending have released two 12" EP's on Alternative Tentacles, the first in 2012 and the second early in 2013.
With Articles of Faith
- What We Want is Free EP (Affirmation, 1982)
- Wait EP (Affirmation, 1983)
- Give Thanks (Reflex, 1984)
- In This Life (Lone Wolf, 1985)
- Core (Bitzcore, 1991)
- Your Choice Live Series 022 (Your Choice Records, 1994)
- Complete, Vol. One (Alternative Tentacles, 2004)
- Complete, Vol. Two (Alternative Tentacles, 2004)
- New Modern Catastrophe LP (Alternative Tentacles, 2012)
Compilation and soundtrack appearances
- American Hardcore - The History Of American Punk Rock 1980-1986 soundtrack (2006)
- Ghost Dances (Bitzcore, 1988)
With Jones Very
- Words and Days (Hawker/Roadrunner, 1989)
- Trains of Thought EP (Jade Tree Records, 1991)
- Radio Wave (Bitzcore, 1991)
- New Life For Lies (Jade Tree, 1992)
With Report Suspicious Activity
- Report Suspicious Activity (Alternative Tentacles, 2005)
- Dreamland (Underground Communiqué, 2006)
- Destroy All Evidence (Alternative Tentacles, 2008)
- Ensminger, David (December 2010). "What He Wants Is Still Free: An interview with Vic Bondi". Maximum Rocknroll (Maximumrocknroll.com) (331): 35.
- Vic Bondi official website
- Articles of Faith official website
- Interview with Vic Bondi on ChicagoPunkPics, 2007
- Interview with Vic Bondi on Scanner Zine, 2006