Bon Iver‘s record label Jagjaguwar have refuted claims that the band could be ‘over’.
Justin Vernon, the songwriter behind the band, recently spoke to an Australian radio station about how his approach to songwriting had changed since the release of the last Bon Iver LP in 2011. “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,” he told Triple J. “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.”
Consequence of Sound contacted Jagjaguwar to clarify Vernon’s comments. They responded by saying: “Bon Iver is not over by any means.”
The record label continued: “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.”
Vernon recently released ‘Repave’, his second album with Volcano Choir, following 2009’s ‘Unmap’ and it was recently reported that Vernon will feature alongside Vampire Weekend and Kurt Vile on a Grateful Dead covers album The National are working on. No tracklisting or release date has been announced yet, but proceeds are set to go to not-for-profit organisation Red Hot, which is focused on raising AIDS-awareness.