AA Bondy was born Auguste Arthur Bondy in New Roads, Louisiana in 1972. He played the trumpet as a boy. As a teenager he switched to guitar, rode skateboards and found Sonic Youth. From 1997-2003 he went missing as part of a rock’n roll band/soul-death experiment. In 2006 he found a piece of himself in the trees outside of Woodstock, New York and began a slow dance toward better dreams. Since then has released three albums for Fat Possum including 2011’s quietly praised Believers. He currently lives near the ocean north of Los Angeles.
Taj Raj’s elemental and atmospheric brand of indie-folk transports the listener to a world of its own making. Ethereal guitar melodies, earthy acoustic fingerpicking, breezy vocal harmonies, classical piano, and a driving rhythm section support stories inspired by English and German folklore. After two EPs and five years, the five members of Taj Raj have combined their distinctly unique musical backgrounds, including classical, folk, hardcore, punk, and shoegaze, settling into a sonic universe where aggression, grandeur, and sorrow can co-exist in a moment, ricocheting against one another amidst layers of reverberating melodies.