About Bon Iver
After the breakup of the band DeYarmond Edison, a relationship, and a bout with mononucleosis, Vernon left Raleigh, North Carolina, and moved back to Wisconsin to spend the oncoming winter months at his father’s cabin in Medford, Wisconsin. According to Vernon, it was during this time that the “Bon Iver” moniker first entered his mind; while bedridden with mononucleosis, he began watching the 1990s TV series Northern Exposure on DVD. One episode depicts a group of citizens in Alaska, where the show is set, emerging from their homes into the first snowfall of the winter and wishing one another bon hiver (pronounced: [b?n?iv???], French for “good winter”). This was initially transcribed by Vernon as “boniverre”; however, when he learned of its proper French spelling, he elected not to use it, deciding “hiver” reminded him too much of “liver”, the site of his illness at the time.
The band announced their intent to take a break from performing indefinitely after their last event of their 2012 tour in Dublin on November 12, 2012, confirming previous speculation and rumours by fans that began circulating in September 2012. Their label asserts that the band has not broken up, however.