Vic Bondi

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Vic Bondi
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Background information
Instruments Guitar,Vocals
Years active 1981-present
Labels Jade Tree Records
Alternative Tentacles
Your Choice Records
Associated acts Articles of Faith
Jones Very
Alloy
Report Suspicious Activity

Vic Bondi is a singer/songwriter and one of the founding members of political Chicago punk band Articles of Faith. 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 Boston. Bondi's subsequent day jobs included working on Microsoft's Encarta as well as other projects in educational and media software. After a hiatus in the late 90s, Bondi resurfaced with new bands, Report Suspicious Activity and Dead Ending.[1] He was featured in the documentaries American Hardcore and You Weren't There.

Musical career[edit]

Early life[edit]

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 graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1985 and earned a PhD in history at Boston University in 1992.[2]

Articles of Faith[edit]

Bondi founded Articles of Faith in 1981. Originally called Direct Drive, the band changed its name and began to play thrash and hardcore after Bondi saw the Bad Brains at the 930 club in Washington, D.C. in 1981.[3] 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. Bondi had already left Chicago by the time AoF disbanded in 1985.

Other projects[edit]

Bondi was also the lead singer and guitarist of Jones Very and Alloy and later fronted Report Suspicious Activity which also featured J. Robbins of Channels, Jawbox, and Burning Airlines, Darren Zentek from Kerosene 454/Oswego/Channels, and Erik Denno from Kerosene 454, and 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 three EPs. Bondi was also announced as a participant in Reed Mullin's Teenage Time Killers project.

Discography[edit]

With Articles of Faith[edit]

  • 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 Normal Catastrophe LP (Alternative Tentacles, 2012)

Compilation and soundtrack appearances

As himself[edit]

  • Ghost Dances (Bitzcore, 1988)

With Jones Very[edit]

  • 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 Alloy[edit]

  • Eliminate (Bitzcore, 1992)
  • Alloy (Engine, 1993)
  • Paper Thin Front (Engine, 1994)

With Report Suspicious Activity[edit]

  • Report Suspicious Activity (Alternative Tentacles, 2005)
  • Dreamland (Underground Communiqué, 2006)
  • Destroy All Evidence (Alternative Tentacles, 2008)

With Dead Ending[edit]

  • DE (Alternative Tentacles, 2012)
  • DE II (Alternative Tentacles, 2013)
  • DE III (Bridge Nine, 2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexander, Jeff. "Dead Ending release Second EP; Bondi Talks Punk Politics". Big Takeover. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Ensminger, David (December 2010). "What He Wants Is Still Free: An interview with Vic Bondi". Maximum Rocknroll (Maximumrocknroll.com) (331): 35. 
  3. ^ http://www.caughtinthecrossfire.com/music/interviews-2/vic-bondi-interview/

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