NEWS: Bon Iver 2012 Australian Tour…

Bon Iver followed up the stellar debut with this year’s self-titled grower of an LP and the god news today is that he is heading back to Australia to play some special venues in March next year. Vernon and Co will be playing the Golden Plains festival as well as a string of dates across the country…

  • Saturday, 3 March 2012 @ Perth International Arts Festival, Red Hill Auditorium, Perth, WA

For more details & bookings go to Perth Festival phone 08 6488 5555 Festival Launch and Festival Friends priority sale from Wed 2 Nov, 6pm & General On Sale Monday 7 November, 9am.

  • Tuesday, 6 March 2012 @ Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide: 

Venue Tix or phone 08 82258888. On sale today Fri 30 Sep 10am. For more details go toHandsome Tours

  • Thursday, 8 March 2012 Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne:

Book at the www.theartscentre.com.au or 1300 182 183, & Ticketmaster or phone 136 100. On sale today Fri 30 Sep 10am. For more details go to Handsome Tours

  • Saturday, 10 March 2012 Golden Plains Sixxx, Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, Victoria:

Ticket ballot now open at Golden Plains.

  • Sunday, 11 March, Monday, 12 March, Tuesday, 13 March, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

For more details & bookings go to Sydney Opera House. Sydney Opera House members presale Tue Oct 4, Mailing list presale Wed Oct 5, General Public presale Fri Oct 7

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NEWS: Details of of Bon Iver’s new self-titled album…

For Emma, Forever Ago was a brilliant moment both musically and by the nature of its word of mouth evolution from a low key, introspective folk album to one that soundtracked bookstores and worldwide media acclaim. Justin Vernon followed it up with the Blood Bank EP featuring the mesmerising title track and some hints of where he might head with more contemporary sounds and a cleaner palette. Vernon cast his musical net wide since then with collaborative work with Gayngs, Volcano Choir a contribution to Lia Ices’ album and a tribute to the music of John Prine.

Now we have the news that the new self-titled Bon Iver record will be released on June 21st via Jagjaguwar.

According to the press release…

Bon Iver, Bon Iver was recorded and mixed at April Base Studios, a remodeled veterinarian’s clinic located in rural Fall Creek, Wisconsin. The main recording space is constructed over a defunct indoor pool attached to the clinic. “It’s an unique space and destination; it’s our home out here,” says Vernon, who purchased the structure with his brother in late 2008 with the sole intention of converting it into his ideal recording studio. “It’s been a wonderful freedom, working in a place we built. It’s also only three miles from the house I grew up in, and just ten minutes from the bar where my parents met.” The creation of Bon Iver, Bon Iver was a three-year process, and Vernon says the completion of the studio paralleled the completion of the album. “I was writing and recording in the windows of time snatched between tours in support of For Emma,” he says. “When I finally came home to hunker down for a solid stretch there was a feeling of solid ground and an opportunity for liberation waiting in the space for me.”

TRACKLISTING

01. Perth
02. Minnesota, WI
03. Holocene
04. Towers
05. Michicant
06. Hinnom, TX
07. Wash.
08. Calgary
09. Lisbon, OH
10. Beth/Rest

LIVE REVIEW: BON IVER Live @ City Recital Hall, Angel Place

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21st January 2009

Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago was Doubtful Sounds’ number one album of 2008 so you can imagine the feeling of anticipation heading into this gig.  Justin Vernon and band were in town as part of the Sydney Festival and as well as three nights at the Famous Spiegeltent they also appeared for two nights at the City Recital Hall that normally hosts classical and choral performances.

With all shows well and truly sold out it was a hipster audience of beards, frocks and flannel that filled the seats of the impressive venue.  On time and with little fanfare as the lights went down, the band strode onstage to a warm welcome from the audience.  The first impression was Vernon’s loss of weight and longer hair.  No surprise after a year of solid performances and promotion that saw the band rise from zero to Letterman in such a short time.

It is always interesting to see how bands fill a live set on the back of their debut album.  Some play a short set while others fill it out with covers, try out new songs or extend other songs.  Bon Iver did all this and they did it almost perfectly.

They began with the first track on the album, ‘Flume’ and it was an immediate goosebump moment as the the audience was silent and the sustained notes of the guitarist rang out with clarity and intent through the hall. They proceeded to play all tracks from the album plus a Talk Talk cover sung by the drummer and new songs from the Blood Bank EP that was released worldwide this week. It is impossible to pick out highlights but ‘Creature Fear/Team’ stood out as the song grew from its sparse beginning to a swelling wave of noise driven by the rhythm section and the soaring, pleading chorus.

As part of the introduction to Wolves (Act I and II) Vernon requested the audience sing along to the refrain “What might have been wrong” which repeats through Act II.  Tentative at first, the crowd warmed to the task and the song was a stellar moment as the band drove the song into a rushing, clattering cacophony as we opened our throats and sang along.  It was a truly encompassing moment between band and audience.

As great as the rest of the band are it was a touching moment when Vernon sang ‘re:stacks’ solo with just his voice cutting a lone figure on stage.  The whole hall was silently captivated by the softly strummed chords and gentle falsetto as he coaxed the song from the author to the audience. The applause exploded with passion and true gratitude rather polite appreciation as the last notes rang out.

Given the nature and rawness of his songs one might presume that Vernon is a shy and humble creature.  The latter is for sure but it was a pleasant surprise to hear him speak often between songs, seemingly relaxed and at ease at the front of the band.  He spoke of the crazy year they have had and the toll it has taken, regardless of the happiness that success brings.  He seemed genuinely taken with Australia, perhaps the distance between here and the USA and Europe was a chance for them to exhale at the end of their endless touring and wind down to the break they all need.

The end of the main set finished with a standing ovation and Bon Iver all seemed to scurry for the wings, a little unsure how to react in the face of the rapturous response.  Returning, they ended the show with ‘Blood Bank’, such was their confidence in ending with a new song.  It is one of Vernon’s most upbeat and musically positive songs and it rose and surged to its conclusion with a strength that hints at where the band may be heading. As the crowd once again rose to their feet in applause the band this time paused and soaked it up, Vernon in particular looked slightly overwhelmed and genuinely moved.  It was a performance that will rank up there with the most memorable and those who witnessed Bon Iver at this stage of their career will surely be talking about it for years to come.

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