Robert Pollard vowed to only release one new Guided By Voices album in 2018 and dedicate the rest of the year to touring, and that album, the recent Space Gun, has already come and gone. But that doesn’t mean that the legendarily prolific indie-rock institution is slacking off, or even slowing down — as … More »
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Have you ever been listening to gilded indie rock gods Guided By Voices and been like, “This is great and all, but I wish it had more noise?” And then you’re like, “Man, why can’t some kind of California experimental group cover these songs and breathe new life into them for the modern era?” And then, with increasingly precise foresight, you say, “I wonder if Felix Skinner and Ignat Frege, as Wreck and Reference specifically, would ever team up to tackle this beloved band’s lo-fi classics.” And then, from the other room, your romantic partner calls, “Who are you talking to, dear?” And you sheepishly reply, “Oh, no one…” because you know, deep down, they would never understand…
If I just described you, then this day belongs to you and you alone, my friend! That’s right: Wreck and Reference have dropped a four-song Guided By Voices tribute called Alien Pains!
For everyone else, though, this whole situation might come as a bit of a surprise, so allow the press release to guide you into an cursory understanding of the sonics at work before you dive head-first into some music you can’t possibly comprehend:
Across four tracks, Alien Pains mutates four GBV classics from blistering lo-fi pop into high-definition, noisy, monstrous tracks. Bob Pollard’s lyrics, meditations on self-doubt, betrayal, and modern aviation find new life in Wreck and Reference’s harrowing vision.
Consider me harrowed!
The album (EP? Mini-album?) is out now on all digital platforms, so grab yours over at Bandcamp. Alternatively, you could always read the tracklisting below for a full overview of which Alien Lanes cuts Wreck and Reference honored and which 24 got shamefully ghosted. “As We Go Up, We Go Down” will never forgive you, Felix and Ignat!
Alien Pains tracklisting:
01. Always Crush Me
02. Closer You Are
03. Game of Pricks
04. Striped White Jets
Guided by Voices will be releasing one album, AND ONE ALBUM ONLY, in 2018.
It’s, uh, it’s gonna be called Space Gun. It’s comin’ out on March 23, 2018 via Robert Pollard’s own Rockathon Records and is pre-orderable here.
The implication here is that this album — this ONE SINGLE GBV album to be dropped during the course of the earth’s next circuit around the sun — is gonna be especially good…or grander…or more ambitious…or…just…try-hardier, than Robert Pollard’s usual continuous stream of lovably uneven releases. With this band, it’s a risky proposition: Do you want a more polished, coherent GBV, or would that mean jettisoning some part of their ramshackle charm?
Bob Pollard probably doesn’t care about that, though; he’s just doing what the voices tell him to.
Speaking of voices, the voices have also guided Pollard and his latest lineup (including Kevin March, Doug Gillard, and Bobby Bare, Jr.) to play a bunch of dates in December and April, which you can peruse below, along with Space Gun’s title track and tracklisting. The dates actually start THIS WEEKEND, and some of ‘em are already sold out, but the voices guiding us told us to list them for you anyway.
Space Gun tracklisting:
01. Space Gun
02. Colonel Paper
03. King Flute
04. Ark Technican
05. See My Field
06. Liar’s Box
07. Blink Bank
08. Daily Get Ups
09. Hudson Rake
10. Sport Component National
11. I Love Kangaroos
12. Grey Spat Matters
13. That’s Good
14. Flight Advantage
15. Evolution Circus
Guided By Voices tour dates:
12.15.17 – Brooklyn, NY – Bell House (SOLD OUT)
12.16.17 – Hamden, CT – The Ballroom at The Outer Space (SOLD OUT)
12.30.17 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle (SOLD OUT)
12.31.17 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle (SOLD OUT)
04.13.18 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig
04.14.18 – Indianapolis, IN – HI-FI Indy
04.17.18 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
04.18.18 – Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle Hall
04.20.18 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
04.21.18 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
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What do you know: you can now catch two of your favorite veteran indie rock standard-bearers live this fall. After Built to Spill announced they’re rescheduling a bunch of West Coast concerts for November, Guided by Voices have extended their fall North American tour, with former guitarist Doug Gillard rejoining the group.
Gillard, who frontman and chief composer Robert Pollard calls “one of the best guitar players in the world, if not the best,” was a regular member of GBV between 1997 and 2004, and performed on the well-received albums Isolation Drills and Earthquake Glue.
Speaking of albums, Guided by Voices have a new one out: their twenty-second LP, Please be Honest. It was recorded entirely by Pollard during a temporary breakup of the band, just like the classic 1993 uber-lo-fi record Vampire on Titus. Listen to its lead single below, and then check the full list of tour dates:
08.13.16 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
08.14.16 – Dallas, TX – Trees
08.16.16 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
08.17.16 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
08.19.16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Teragram Ballroom
08.20.16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Teragram Ballroom
08.22.16 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
08.23.16 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
08.26.16 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
08.27.16 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom – Music Fest NW presents Project Pabst
08.31.16 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
09.01.16 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
09.03.16 – Chicago, IL – Metro
09.09.16 – Maquoketa, IA – Daytrotter Presents at Codfish Hollow Barn / GARP Festival
09.16.16 – Ottawa, ON – CityFolk Festival
09.17.16 – Toronto, ON – Toronto Urban Roots Festival
10.07.16 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
10.08.16 – Philadelphia, PA – Project Pabst Philadelphia / Electric Factory
11.01.16 – Little Rock, AR – Revolution Music Room
11.4-6.16 – Austin, TX – Sound On Sound Festival
11.06.16 – New Orleans, LA – The Republic NOLA
11.07.16 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
11.09.16 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
11.11.16 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
11.12.16 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
12.31.16 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg