You might not believe that such a thing could possibly exist, but today we get to see it: Footage of Justin Vernon performing with a full head of hair. In 1998, the future Bon Iver frontman led a nine-piece band called Mount Vernon. That year, they released the album We Can Look Up, and they also performed in a high-school battle of the bands in Eau Clair, Wisconsin, footage of which has just appeared online, as Pitchfork points out. The band included Brad Cook, Phil Cook, and Joe Westerlund, all of whom would later play with Vernon in DeYarmond Edison before going off on their own and forming Megafaun. And based on what I’m seeing in this video, they played some strange hybrid of 311-esque ska and jam-band music. There is at least one flute solo. Witness it all below.
Spoiler alert: Mount Vernon won the battle, taking home a cool $300. That’s more than $33 per member!