Watch Justin Vernon of Bon Iver Play A Battle Of The Bands In 1998

An old buddy of Justin Vernon of Bon Iver named Andy Schumann posted footage from 1998 when Vernon and his friends competed in a Battle of the Bands under the name Mount Vernon. The video of Mount Vernon features Vernon with a handful of his future collaborators, such as Phil Cook (DeYarmond Edison, Megafaun, Gayngs), Brad Cook (DeYarmond Edison, Megafaun), and Joe Westerlund (Megafaun, Grandma Sparrow).

See? Everyone has to start somewhere.