Articles of Faith (band)

Articles of Faith (band)

Articles of Faith were a highly influential Chicago-based hardcore punk band (1981-1985) notable for songwriting in a class above most of their contemporaries (and successors). The band's later work, the posthumous "In This Life" LP in particular, either founds or foreshadows the emo and emocore sound.Fact|date=March 2007 The typical AoF song featured hummable melodies and conspicuous hooks, showing funk, reggae and jazz influences, accompanied by lyrics bemoaning the difficulty of finding freedom and fulfillment in a cookie-cutter mass-consumption driven society, typically but not always, delivered at a searing pace. While the band's influence was blunted by being based in Chicago, they maintained close musical and thematic ties to the Washington DC / Dischord Records scene. Drummer Virus X briefly left the band in 1984, due to the relative waning of the band's political emphasis, but returned to record "In This Life".

Vocalist and guitarist Vic Bondi was originally a protest singer with decidedly leftist views. He went on to form Alloy and Jones Very after AoF's demise. At the time of AoF's original breakup, Bondi was working as a history instructor at the University of Massachusetts. Bondi's subsequent day jobs included working on Microsoft's Encarta as managing editor of the Encarta Interactive English Learning edition (Bondi's comments on this fairly ironic form of employment can be found [ here] ). Alternative Tentacles Records released the complete discography of the band in 2002. Bondi resurfaced with another politically charged band, Report Suspicious Activity, in 2006, and was featured prominently in the documentary "American Hardcore".


Groups who have cited Articles of Faith as a prominent influence include Heroincite news
title =Blood Runs Deep: 23 Bands Who Shaped the Scene
pages =126
publisher =Alternative Press
date =2008-07-07
] and Disfear. [Brandon Stosuy, "Show No Mercy", "Pitchforkmedia", March 26, 2008. [] Access date: September 11, 2008.]


*Dave Shield (bass, voc)
*Bill Richman aka Virus X (drums)
*Dorian Tajbakhsh (git)
*Vic Bondi (voc, git)
*Joe Scuderi (git)
*Pat Gruber (management)
*Steve Ross (road)


*What We Want Is Free (EP 1982) - Version Sound, re-released on the band's DIY label, Wasteland Records
*Wait (EP 1983) - Wasteland (3 song ep)
*Give Thanks (LP 1984) - Produced by Bob Mould
*In This Life (LP 1987) - Lone Wolf Records, Produced by Bob Mould

Anthologies and Posthumous Collections

*Core (CD 1991) - Bitzcore (a collection of EPs, comp appearances, and unreleased tracks recorded from 1981 to 1983)
*Give Thanks (CD 1992) - Bitzcore
*Your Choice Live (1994) - Tobby Holzinger (last night of 1991 European reunion tour)
*AoF Complete Vol. 1 (2002) - Alternative Tentacles, all AoF vinyl recorded between 1981 and 1983
*AoF Complete Vol. 2 (2002) - Alternative Tentacles, all AoF vinyl recorded between 1983 and 1985

Compilation contributions

*"Buried Alive" and "False Security" on the "Master Tape" compilation LP (Affirmation Records, 1982)
*"Five O'Clock" - On "The Middle of America" compilation LP( H.I.D. Productions, 1984)
*"Up Against The Wall" on the "P.E.A.C.E." compilation LP (R Radical Records, 1985)
*"Buy this War" and "American Dreams" on the "Fortunate Son" split EP (2 old AoF songs along with a solo Vic Bondi performing one original and one cover song) (Alternative Tentacles 2003)

External links

* [ Vic Bondi's website]
* [ Older Bondi homepage]
* [ AoF Photos at Chicago Punk Pix]
* [ More AoF Photos at CPP]
* [ AoF Interview with Bullshit Detector Zine]
* [ Suburban Voice Interview] - Articles of Faith interview from 1984
* [ 2007 Interview With Vic Bondi]
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