What: The Alabaman singer/songwriter plays haunting, minimalist folk with introspective and haunting lyrics
Bondy’s third album, Believers,
just dropped and ups the ante by plugging in the sound but still finds the timeless troubadour on the outskirts of Anywhere, U.S.A.
Where: The Casbah
Just out of curiosity, where does the Scott
A.A. Bondy: It was my great-grandmother’s middle name.
SM: You did your first record in N.Y., the second in Mississippi and Believers in California. Was it important to change your geography?
AAB: I seemed to be following something around. I’m not quite sure what, and I’m not sure if I still am. But I think I’ll be at the beach for a while.
SM: Believers moves more to an electric sound than the first two albums. Conscious move or just happen that way?
AAB: There were electric songs on the first and second records, but obviously, this whole record is electric. I just liked the sustain -- and the color -- of it. I felt like being more 20th-century, I guess.
SM: Believers has a very lonely, cinematic feel. Can you talk a little about the writing process?
AAB: I think it’s just more blurred. And it is more like a film score at times. There’s the song, which is simple, and then we kind of scored the song itself.
SM: Did you spend much of the process alone?
AAB: I just wanted it to feel like an unknown landscape. The first-time-you’ve-been-somewhere kind of thing. I don’t think I was aiming for lonely. There’s a difference between lonely and alone.
SM: In what ways has the last few years of go-go-go helped (or hurt) the creative process?
AAB: It’s been good and bad, like anything else. A home out in the wind. Then, don’t like it in the wind -- like the song says.
SM: Prefer it solo or with the band?
AAB: We are four in number, and I like it better in a lot of ways. I did solo for a long time. Seems like a lot of people do it that way till they save their pennies and get a band.
SM: Read an interesting quote from you that said Believers was "the last couple of years in one long exposure." Is that indicative of your process as a whole?
AAB: A lot happened in the two years prior to this record. And the way it came out in the songs is the way I felt about that time passing. The hungover walk to the elevator, Mount Rainier from a van window, days adrift in the Midwest. And then you’re back home around people you love. Normal is strange. Strange is normal.
SM: When this tour winds down, what's next?
AAB: A beach somewhere with a nice left.
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