A year ago, you may have not even heard the name Bon Iver. But with a memorable Saturday Night Live performance (following last week's Lana Del Rey) and nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year at this year's Feb. 12 Grammy Awards, the indie-folk rockers are making a name for themselves.
Holocene, the Grammy-nominated single performed by the nine-piece band on SNL, featured slow and melodic guitar tunes under Vernon's falsetto vocals, and was well received by the studio audience. The group also performed another track off their self-titled album called Beth/Rest.
In a way, we don't know how to feel, drummer, pianist and vocalist Sean Carey said to his hometown paper Walworth County Today of the band's recent spotlight. It's exciting and we are honored, but I guess we just want to stay focused on making meaningful music.
However, the Wisconsin natives will not be performing at the prestigious award ceremony. According to Billboard, Bon Iver was asked to perform as a collaborated set with another artist.
We wanted to play our music, but we were told that we couldn't play, Vernon said to Billboard. And we just felt like it was such a large stage-we're getting nominated for this record that we made. Me and Brian [Joseph] and a bunch of our f--king friends and we were given accolades for it, and all of a sudden we were being asked to play music that had nothing to do with that. We kind of said 'f--k you' a little bit and they sort of acted like they wanted us to play, but I don't think they wanted us to play.
Despite the resentment towards a joint invitation, this underdog success story may sound familiar to some. At least year's Grammy ceremony indie rockers Arcade Fire took home the Album of the Year award for their third album, The Suburbs, beating out commercial heavyweights Eminem and Lady Antebellum.
You may not be seeing Vernon perform at The Grammy's, but you can check out his workout routine. According to prefixmag.com, the front man appeared in an Internet exercise trailer this past Dec. The trailer features Vernon and others performing squats, lunges, and other aerobic and stretching techniques with soft music as the back drop.
Check out Bon Iver's SNL performance: