Vigilantes of Love

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Vigilantes of Love
Origin Athens, Georgia
Genres College rock, indie rock, Americana
Years active 1990–2001, 2008–present
Labels Core, Capricorn,[1] Compass, Paste, Fundamental, Meat-market, Warner

Vigilantes of Love is a rock band fronted by Bill Mallonee with a large number of secondary players drawn from the musician pool in and around Athens, Georgia. In its later manifestations in the later 1990s and early 2000s, Mallonee usually sang, played lead and rhythm guitar and harmonica, although in earlier bands he played drums.

The band takes its name from the New Order song "Love Vigilantes," although their sound tends more to folk, Americana, and country rock than new wave. Their 2001 album Summershine also showed some movement toward Britpop and R.E.M.-style college rock, which would be more fully explored in Mallonee's solo career.


The band formed in 1990 in Athens, Georgia, where Bill Mallonee attended the University of Georgia. The act developed as a mostly acoustic, side-project of The Cone Ponies, the last in a long series of line-ups beginning in the mid-1980s with Windows and Walls, and Bed of Roses. For their first two recording projects—Jugular, Drivin' the Nails—the band performed as a trio between Mallonee, Mark Hall (accordion), and Jonathan "Dog-Mess Jonny" Evans (harmonica); the Athens, Ga. performance venues in which they were booked regularly included The Flying Buffalo, the 40-Watt Club, Rockfish Palace, Uptown Lounge, and—their musical "home"—The Downstairs Restaurant (now DT's Down Under). For the third and subsequent cd projects, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Billy Holmes played an increasingly important role. Later, when greater local success led increasingly to engagements more widely in the Southeast, and with the departure of Mark Hall and Dog-Mess Jonny, the band then re-formed as a traditional touring four-piece rock band including front man Mallonee, Newton Carter, David LaBruyere (later became bass player for John Mayer), and Travis McNabb (later of Better Than Ezra and Sugarland.).

After many years of successful touring nationally and abroad—England and the Netherlands being particularly fond of Mallonnee's music—the band disbanded in 2001 as Mallonee went solo as a singer-songwriter/guitarist/raconteur playing to the renewed interest in roots-music Americana.

The band reformed in November 2008. The band played its first show back together on November 20 at the 40 Watt Club. That version of the band only lasted a short time before it broke up, and Mallonee returned to his solo career.[citation needed]

Band members[edit]

Besides Bill Mallonee, other band members have included at various times:


  • Jugular (Fingerprint Records, 1990)
  • Driving the Nails (Core, 1991)
  • Killing Floor (Fingerprint Records/Sky, 1992) Produced by Mark Heard and Peter Buck
  • Welcome to Struggleville (Capricorn, 1994)
  • Strong Hand of Love, tribute to Mark Heard, 1994
  • Blister Soul (Capricorn, 1995)
  • My Year in Review (1995, fan club cassette)
  • V.O.L. (Warner/Resound, 1996, compilation)
  • Orphans of God, tribute to Mark Heard, 1996
  • Slow Dark Train (Capricorn, 1997)
  • To The Roof Of The Sky (Meat Market, 1998)
  • Live At The 40 Watt (Paste, 1998)
  • Free For Good (A Startled Chameleon, 1998, Europe-only release)
  • Audible Sigh (True Tunes, 1999, pre-release)
  • Cross the Big Pond (EP) (1999, Free For Good + extra track)
  • Audible Sigh (Compass, 2000, wide release)
  • Audible Sigh w/ Room Despair EP (Compass, 2000, limited release)
  • Electromeo (EP) (2000, limited release)
  • Summershine (Compass, 2001)
  • Resplendent (Audibly Live) (2002)


  • Fade to Black: Live at the Axiom Arts Centre, Cheltenham, UK 1999 (2004?)

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