Wisconsin's Volcano Choir is Bon Iver's Justin Vernon with Collections of Colonies of Bees members Jon Mueller, Chris Rosenau, Jim Schoenecker, Daniel Spack, and Thomas Wincek. Their album, Unmap, recorded in the fall of 2008, comes out September 22nd on Jagjaguwar (9/21 in the UK). The label described their sound as "ranging from David Sylvian and Steve Reich to Mahalia Jackson and Tom Waits." About the Volcano Choir record, Vernon said to Pitchfork, "I sing on it, but there aren't a lot of lyrics-- it's definitely more on the experimental side of things."
Bon Iver @ Sasquatch Fest 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
No word on whether Volcano Choir will play any live shows, but Bon Iver is currently on tour. That group has summer dates all over the place (Europe, the West Coast, Europe again, the West Coast again), up to Austin City Limits in October.
Bon Iver will be premiering a new piece in NYC on Thursday, January 21st, 2010, at Merkin Concert Hall. The show, part of the New York Guitar Festival's "Silent Films/Live Guitars" series, will feature a Vernon-commissioned score to Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush. He'll be joined by Volcano Choir collaborator Chris Rosenau. Performing separately at the show will be Steve Kimock, of Zero and Crazy Engine, who is scoring Buster Keaton's Cops. Tickets will be available as 4-show series subscriptions and individually.
More Volcano Choir band pictures, album art, track list and Bon Iver tour dates, below...
Unmap track list
1. Husks and Shells
3. Island, IS
5. And Gather
6. Mbira in the Morass
7. Cool Knowledge
Bon Iver - 2009 Tour Dates
06.28.09 - Glastonbury, London - Other Stage (inc TV)
06.30.09 - London, UK - Hyde Park - Serpentine Sessions
07.09.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Twilight Concert Series @
07.11.09 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
07.12.09 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
07.14.09 - Santa Barbara, CA - The Granada Theatre #
07.16.09 - San Fresno, CA - Tower Theatre #
07.18.09 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery #
07.23.09 - Galway, Ireland - Big Top Festival
07.25.09 - Doset, UK - Camp Bestival
08.07.09 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza - Grant Park
08.12.09 - Oslo, Norway - OYA Festival 2009
08.14.09 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
08.15.09 - Haldern, Germany - Haldern Pop
08.16.09 - Leicester, England - Summer Sundae
08.20.09 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08.21.09 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands 2009
08.22.09 - Powys, UK - Green Man Festival
09.19.09 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
09.24.09 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
09.25.09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
10.03.09 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
01.21.10 - New York, NY - Merkin Concert Hall !
@ w/ Jenny Lewis
# Justin Vernon solo, w/ The Indigo Girls
! Justin Venon + Chris Rosenau play The Gold Rush