Mallonee & Vigilantes Of Love
Bill Mallonee, the lyrical and inspirational source behind
the Vigilantes of Love, started playing music in Athens in
the late 80's. Mallonee learned guitar quickly and the post-punk-pop
of the La's, XTC, Elvis Costello, the Clash and Squeeze filled
his family house. Great college scene bands that passed through
Athens, Georgia during that time were Athen's own R.E.M.,
the dbs (with the great Chris Stamey and Peter Hosapple),
Mitch Easter's 'Let's Active,' the Bongos and Tommy Keane:
these were also big influences. Each of those bands proudly
wove indebtedness to the first "British Invasion"
into their musical flags.
The strange thing was that somehow Mallonee's love for Dylan
and Neil Young won out (temporarily shall we say) over these
early influences. The terrain viewed from the inside of a
van for 10 years and over 10 albums by the Vigilantes of Love
seemed to lend itself more to the themes of Americana and
alternative country....and so they went with it. Until now.
With VoL behind him, Bill is focusing on the solo artist gig.
He's back to being "just a guy in a college band from
Athens, GA. That reference point and those elements will always
surface in the work. It's the clang and bang of 12-strings,
joy without lock or key, unapologetic...and above all...unafraid."
He's back to bringing guest artists on the road with him—utility
men like Billy Holmes, Kenny Hutson and other strong artists
from various regions that put a punch in the show.
the summer of 2003, Lo-Fidelity released Bill's "Need
To Bleed" EP to coincide with his performance at Cornerstone.
This release is SOLD OUT.
Visit Bill Mallonee online at: www.billmallonee.net