SOUNDING as good as the album in a live show is usually compliment for a band.
But that would be a mediocre night for American indie folk band Bon Iver.
Backed by a nine-piece band, including two drummers, front man Justin Vernon treated fans to a musical feast last night in the first of three sold out Brisbane shows.
Opening the show with the Australian-inspired Perth, Vernon brought Bon Iver's two studio albums to life with more blues and rock takes on the studio vocals.
Bon Iver's first tour of Australia in 2009 sold out and his current tour has been no different, with all nine shows selling out months in advance.
Friday night's show at The Tivoli featured many songs from the band's Grammy-winning sophomore album Bon Iver, Bon Iver, including Holocene, Calgary and the latest single Towers.
But arguable the most popular song of the night was Skinny Love from the band's debut album For Emma, Forever Ago.
Vernon closed the show with For Emma, but was soon back on stage to play Bon Iver's live shows bring an entirely new dimension to the band's soothing studio recordings.
If the band ever releases a live album, I highly recommend fans go out and get it.
Bon Iver plays two more sold out shows at The Tivoli in Fortitude Valley tonight and tomorrow.