If any of you thought that Bon Iver was over and that the band would be no more following frontman, Justin Vernon releasing a side project, Volcano Choir then stop your whining because Vernon himself confirmed that Bon Iver “is not dead.”
For those of you that feel that you missed a big part of what is going on, don’t fret. Some blogs out there, we won’t name them, were reporting that it is the end of the indie act. Vernon and their record label have denied the claims that the act were over and that they were in fact still alive; when they would be releasing a new album is the red herring.
The following statement was released on behalf of Vernon and the record label, Jagjaguwar earlier today when they caught wind of the rumors:
“Bon Iver is not over by any means. Justin isn’t currently writing Bon Iver songs, but that doesn’t mean he won’t write them in the future. Bon Iver is off-cycle, and that is not new news. Right now Justin’s concentration is on preparing for the Volcano Choir tour, the first date being in Chicago on Friday.”
But then again, could you really doubt those blogs about their instant assumption that Bon Iver was no more? While on Australia’s Triple J Radio, in the midst of promoting Volcano Choir’s album, Repave, he did make some statements that would make people think that Bon Iver was no more.
“I don’t really write songs anymore. The last Bon Iver record was a very ‘sitting down with a guitar and writing’ kind of record… I really have to be in a specific headspace to even begin to illuminate an idea that would create another Bon Iver record, and I’m just not there. I’m really honored that Bon Iver gives me a platform to do whatever I want, but there’s only so much time you can spend digging through yourself before you become insular. I’m not in a hurry to go back to that temperature. All of the music I’ve been making shifting away from Bon Iver feels really good … so if I ever do go back to Bon Iver it will be all the better for it.”
See? But before you start standing outside your neighborhood record store for the new Bon Iver album, Vernon said that there is currently no concrete plans of a new album coming out soon.
Sorry about that.