HotStar: Bon Iver

The first time Adam Voith of The Billions Corporation saw Bon Iver live, the indie folk band’s frontman Justin Vernon was accompanied by a barf bucket.

Voith told Pollstar the show “was in a really shitty pizza place in Bloomington, Ind. He was sick with the flu and was throwing up all day so he only played four songs, with a bucket next to him on stage for ‘insurance purposes.’ There were probably 30 people in the room.”
The show still managed to charm the agent.

“The four songs were totally great,” Voith said. “I was really impressed.”

Vernon wrote and recorded the songs that would become Bon Iver’s debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago, in his father’s hunting cabin in Wisconsin after parting ways with his band DeYarmond Edison as well as his girlfriend.

He self-released the album in 2007, which earned glowing reviews from several music blogs and spots on numerous publications’ year end “best of” lists. The album was re-released in 2008 through Jagjaguwar.

Bon Iver’s songs were reinvented for the stage and the live show has since grown to a nine-piece band. The group released its self-titled sophomore album in June.

Although the band will continue performing with nine members for this record cycle, after that the lineup won’t necessarily stay the same.

“I think Justin wants Bon Iver to be a project that isn’t defined by what the band makeup is,” Voith said. “I think it’s imperative, in both a live setting, and as far as I know, a recording and writing scenario, that the project is boundary-less.”

Bon Iver has U.S. dates booked through late September followed by a European tour that begins in early October.

“I think we’re going to tour all of next year as well on the same record,” Voith said. “There’s definitely a lot of room to let it keep growing.”