During college, PJ Bond and his band, Outsmarting Simon, spent school breaks touring. Eventually, the group signed a record deal, but the bandmates decided to answer the calls of day jobs.
He’s also a nomad, calling many cities home as he travels the world. He’s toured Europe three times, twice since the release of his album, “Ten Degrees and the Floor,” on Dec. 31, 2011. During his Euro tours, he grew fondest of his temporary home in Austria. While there, he even recorded an album, “22 April: Vienna, Austria.”
“I had a great time in Austria,” he said. “A bunch of kids were willing to come out and sing along with all of the songs.”
When he writes, Bond takes material from real-life experiences, in order to make his music honest and thoughtful.
“Never hide what has happened,” he said. At shows, Bond is known to start conversations with the crowd, making them a part of the music. He hopes his fans leave each performance feeling like they saw something real and personal.
“There’s something beautiful about being a part of a smaller thing,” he said. Also on the HiLo bill are Black Canyon and John Moreland. Admission is $5.
For more information, visit hiloclub.net. —Mia Cantu