Lack of Communication

Lack of Communication

by The Von Bondies


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Amid the national and international focus on Detroit's garage rock scene, the Von Bondies emerged with this very strong full-length debut. Lack of Communication succeeds, like much of Detroit's garage rock scene, by sounding reminiscent of bands of the past -- in this case, the MC5 and Gun Club -- while still standing on its own merit. The album must also contend with the huge shadow of Jack White (White Stripes), who had not only become a high-profile figurehead for the Detroit garage rock revival, but took the Von Bondies under his wings and acted as producer on Lack of Communication. That said, Jason Stollsteimer's vocals are to Jack White what Gene Vincent's were to Eddie Cochran: cut from the same cloth, but slightly more forceful and aggressive (the analogy is all-around high praise, yet still surprisingly appropriate). The album is also full of the sort of distorted-guitar hooks and heart-on-the-sleeve tales of relationships in the dirty city ("Cass & Henry," "No Sugar Mama") that will be endearing and expected by fans of the Detroit garage rock revival. As such, the band pushes the mold just enough to avoid pure derivation: the four-piece setup allows for more interesting interplay than the de rigueur striped-down blues setup; Marcie Bolen and Carrie Smith are given many opportunities for shared vocal duties (the chorus of "Going Down" in particular stands out); and Don Blum's drumming somehow swings while playing what is essentially forceful, straight-ahead rock. Furthermore, as a final, hidden track, Bolen takes lead vocals on a well-executed cover of Sam Cooke's "Bring It on Home to Me." Beginning with the prominent, opening title track, the Von Bondies don't so much smolder on Lack of Communication as they do burn, and, in the process, nimbly straddle the line between being fresh and familiar.

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Release Date: 07/17/2001
Label: Sympathy 4 The R.I.
UPC: 0790276065826
catalogNumber: 658
Rank: 105992

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Lack of Communication 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first song gives you the feel of a crowds feet stomping, the song cass and henry is a masterpiece
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is really good...even if it only clocks in at around 39 minutes. Which is the only gripe I have about this CD! It leaves me wanting more! Why the domestic release does not have the bonus track, which the import does, makes no sense to me! This CD has a very raw garage sound. A little classic punk (classic punk, not Green Day-ish junk), a little garage, a little sixties rock-n-roll and a dash that is all their own! Cryin' is a track that really stands out on this release! One of the best up and coming Detroit bands out there! Rumor has it they just signed to a major label (V2) and it will be interesting to see if they can still maintain that raw edge. I have a feeling they will!