Jason Stollsteimer

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Jason Stollsteimer
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Stollsteimer in 2009
Background information
Birth name Jason Elliott Stollsteimer
Born (1978-04-22) April 22, 1978 (age 38)
Southfield, Michigan, United States
Genres Indie rock, garage rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Labels Sire, Fierce Panda, Dim Mak, Intheact, Sweet Nothing, Sympathy for the Record Industry
Associated acts The Von Bondies, Hounds Below

Jason Elliott Stollsteimer (born April 22, 1978 in Southfield, Michigan, United States) is an American musician who was the vocalist and guitarist for the indie rock band The Von Bondies, which disbanded in 2011. Stollsteimer also was the main songwriter and producer of the Von Bondies. He released three studio albums with The Von Bondies and currently is the frontman of Hounds Below.

Musical career[edit]

Lack of Communication[edit]

His debut album, Lack of Communication, was released in 2001 on Sympathy for the Record Industry. Jason toured the states with the first incarnation of The Von Bondies featuring longtime friend Carrie Smith on the bass, Don Blum on drums and Marcie Bolen (Silverghost, Slumber Party) on Guitar. Over ten U.S. tours were done in order to help promote the record. The group shared the stage with The Cramps, on their 8th US tour. Jason and The Von Bondies also played several shows in the U.K. and Europe and a live performance on the Later... with Jools Holland in London.

Raw & Rare[edit]

In 2003 the Von Bondies released a live record that consisted mostly of recording from live BBC recordings from the John Peel sessions.

Pawn Shoppe Heart[edit]

In 2004, Stollsteimer released his second studio album, Pawn Shoppe Heart, and toured extensively in the US, UK, and Europe

"C'mon C'mon" was the first single and reached the UK Top 25 for the first time (peaking at #21), and also generated some huge buzz for Stollsteimer.

One other single was released from the album. "Tell me what you see" which reached number 43 in the UK charts. Almost every track from the album has appeared in numerous commercials, Movies and TV shows. One song in particular (c'mon c'mon) was used more than all the others combined. From uses in local radio commercials/adverts to the main theme song of the hit F/X television show Rescue Me. While touring this record Stollsteimer played the Reading and Leeds Festivals, Glastonbury Festival and Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Love, Hate and Then There's You[edit]

Jason Stollsteimer's last release with the Von Bondies, "Love, Hate and Then There's You," has gone through a long process of discovery and change before coming to its current polished form.

In early 2006, a handful of demos were posted on the Von Bondies Myspace page. Later the band posted more songs on the MySpace page including "Shut Your Mouth," "Pale Bride," and "Only to Haunt You." Don Blum played drums on these recordings with all other instruments played by Jason. Love, Hate and Then There's You was the first time Stollsteimer ever collaborated songwriting with anyone. The songs 'This is our perfect crime" and "Accidents will Happen" were co-written with Butch Walker who also produced some songs on the album. The songs "blame game" and "Earthquake" were co-written with longtime drummer Don Blum. The album was eventually released in 2009 on Majordomo Records.

Hounds Below[edit]

Stollsteimer is currently the frontman for Hounds Below, which he established in 2009 and has focused on full-time following the breakup of the Von Bondies.[1] Hounds Below released their debut album, You Light Me Up In the Dark, in 2012.

Early life[edit]

Stollsteimer was born in Southfield, Michigan. His mother was a nurse, and his father an architect. He grew up in the Detroit suburbs of Plymouth, Michigan with his one brother, Eric. As a child, he went to school at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park. He later lived in Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti, where in 1997 he became friends with his new schoolmate at College, Marcie Bolen, who would become his band's first guitarist. A year later, while studying at Washtenaw Community College, Stollsteimer met Don Blum who would eventually become his drummer in the band The Von Bondies.

Musical equipment[edit]


Effects pedals:



Jason and Jack White of The White Stripes had a confrontation on December 13, 2003, at the Majestic Theatre Center, in a Detroit night-club called The Magic Stick.[2] This was the second time the two had been in a physical altercation over the unresolved issues surrounding the production credit that Jim Diamond believed he deserved on the 2001 Von Bondies album, Lack of Communication. Mr. Diamond and the rest of the Von Bondies both agreed that Jim Diamond did most of the production work, but Jack denied their claims and personally placed his own name on the credits of the album as the sole producer, which led to the brawl.[3] Additionally, Jim Diamond was also suing the White Stripes at the time claiming he produced their two earliest albums, which may have added fuel to the conflict. The first attack was one year earlier, also in Detroit. White's and Stollsteimer's police reports on the incident contradict each other as to who started the scuffle. In March 2004, Jack White plead guilty to assault and battery, was made to pay $750 (including court costs) and to attend anger management classes.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Detroit Metro Times". Realdetroitweekly.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  2. ^ "Cops Probe Fight Between Jack White, Jason Stollsteimer". Fox News. 2003-12-15. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  3. ^ "White Stripes Frontman In Motor City Fracas". The Smoking Gun. 2003-12-15. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  4. ^ "Von Bondies Speak Out Over Jack White Court Case | News". Nme.Com. 2004-03-11. Retrieved 2014-07-12.