photos by Amanda Hatfield
Volcano Choir at Webster Hall - 9/14/13
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is a man of many projects, and over the weekend (9/14) he brought his band Volcano Choir (his collaboration with Milwaukee post-rock band Collections of Colonies of Bees) to NYC for a show at Webster Hall. The band's new album, Repave is Justin's most similar album to 2011's Bon Iver, Bon Iver thus far, but rather than providing the atmospheric guitar licks like he does in Bon Iver, he left that to the COCOB guys and instead manned the controls at a podium that he stood behind for their set. In addition to the Repave material, Justin & co played two new non-album songs -- "The Agreement" and "Valleyonaire" (the latter of which you can watch a video of from their Boston date, via Stereogum, below) -- and reached back to their debut, Unmap, including a mesmerizing performance "Still" (aka Volcano Choir's take on Bon Iver's "Woods").
Keeping things close to home, as Justin likes to do, the show was opened by tourmates Sylvan Esso, the duo of Nick Sanborn (of Megafaun, whose lineup includes three members that used to be in DeYarmond Edison with Justin Vernon) and Amelia Meath (of Mountain Man, who have toured as backing vocalists for Feist, who Bon Iver shared a bill with on said tour, and also once covered). Like Vernon (and certain other friends) has done himself, the duo brought a mix of sounds pulling from both indie folk and R&B, and did a pretty good job winning the crowd over.
It was the last date on Volcano Choir and Sylvan Esso's tour together, but VC will do some other dates later this year into 2014. More pictures from the Webster Hall show, along with the video of that new song and list of dates, below...
Volcano Choir - "Valleyonaire" in Boston - 9/11/13 (starts at 12:55)
Volcano Choir -- 2013/2014 Tour Dates
09/27/13 Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater w/ Field Report
09/28/13 Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theater w/ Hello Death
10/18/13 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue w/ Mark Mallman
10/19/13 Eau Claire, WI @ UW-Eau Claire's Schofield Auditorium w/ Adelyn Rose
01/17/14 Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
01/19/14 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
01/21/14 San Francisco, CA @ The Filmore
01/23/14 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
01/24/14 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
01/25/14 Seattle , WA @ Neptune Theatre