A.A. Bondy at The Casbah
A surprisingly full midweek crowd filled the Casbah on Wednesday September 28th for the AA Bondy show as opening act Nik Freitas took the stage. Nik Freitas is a singer-songwriter based out of Los Angeles who has appeared as a member of Conor Oberst’s Mystic Valley Band. On this night he was playing his own material, and brought a back-up band of his own. The three-piece played a set that blended indie rock and folk elements into a pleasant and somewhat forgettable batch of songs.
A.A. Bondy and his band mates had set up their gear before the show started, so the lull between sets was minimal, which was a welcome departure from the normally torturous 45 minute break between bands due to breaking down and setting up equipment. They launched straight into a set that spanned all three of Bondy’s solo albums. The songs from his latest album featured much more atmospheric sounds, a product of integrating the use of synthesizers into his compositions.
The stage was lit solely by a video that was projected onto the back wall, over which a white sheet had been strung up. This left little illuminated except for their faces. A.A. Bondy played the set wearing a plain baseball cap and aviator sunglasses, only taking them off for the last song of the encore. Bondy exuded a quiet yet humble confidence and thanked the crowd throughout the show for coming out on a Wednesday night. The band finished the set with the title track from 2009’s When the Devil’s Loose, arguably Bondy’s most recognizable song.
After his initial set was over, the crowd didn’t budge and made quite a racket until Bondy came back on stage for a two-song solo encore, which included the dark track “Oh the Vampyre” off, When the Devil’s Loose. A.A. Bondy’s latest album, Believers, was released earlier this month on Fat Possum Records.