DIY venue hosts gig by US singer-songwriter PJ Bond

American singer-songwriter PJ Bond will play at the Nerd Hutch in Newcastle on July 13.
American singer-songwriter PJ Bond will play at the Nerd Hutch in Newcastle on July 13.

A wandering troubadour from America is playing a gig at a DIY North-East venue to promote his new album.

PJ Bond has just released an album, Where Were You?, on Xtra Mile Recordings, which is home to the likes of Frank Turner, Against Me and Skinny Lister.

The native of New Brunswick, New Jersey, is playing at the Nerd Hutch in Newcastle on Monday, July 13, as part of a tour of intimate UK venues.

He has been compared to singer-songwriters such as Elliott Smith, Micah P Hinson, and Wilco, while Dylan and Springsteen are obvious influences.

Essentially homeless, Bond spent years travelling and playing to anyone he could, while recording a heap of songs, including his breakout solo release You Didn’t Know I Was Alphabetical.

He came to Xtra Mile’s attention after a track of his, I’m In A Bad Way, was nominated by friend and now labelmate Billy The Kid for a compilation, Xtra Mile High Club Vol: 5 – Signed vs. Unsigned.

Talking about signing the deal, PJ said: “Xtra Mile is one of the rare labels where it seems that they put out music that they truly believe in, and are not so much constrained by genre that they’ll question whether or not it is a ‘good idea’.

“This approach by clearly music-loving people is what drew me most to XMR, and was supported by everyone with whom I spoke about them. Honesty, respect, heart, these are the common threads. All in all, I think I’ve found a lovely home.”

Where Were You? is available on CD or download from Amazon, and Google Play.

It is also available on vinyl in four different colours – maroon, yellow, navy and mint green.

The yellow and mint green versions are exclusive for the Xtra Mile Recordings store, the latter featuring hand-painted artwork by PJ digitally printed for the sleeve.

His gig at the Nerd Hutch, in the basement of the Travelling Man comic shop in Grainger Street, is free.