Remember earlier this year when Guided By Voices announced and then released Zeppelin Over China, their super-sized 32 track, 977th overall album?
You do? Ha, yeah, well… FORGET ABOUT IT. Throw it in the trash. That album is as old hat as a Montreal Expos snapback, not to mention the GBV album that came out before it.
Now, it’s all about Warp and Woof, the latest, greatest, and 978-est overall album from the uber-prolific indie rock legends. The 24-track affair came about after Robert Pollard, setting out to record only a few short EPs to figure out his next moves creatively, accidentally ended up writing six fully formed songs in under 30 minutes. (Hey, we’ve all been there, right?) Pollard figured he’d put that creative energy burst to good use and just go ahead and make the next full-on GBV album.
Ideas came to the band so fast, they recorded much of the album on the road wherever they could: hotel rooms, soundchecks, backs of speeding vans, secret dungeons hidden behind bookshelves, paddle boats shaped like swans, your parents’ garage while they were out for dinner last Tuesday…they all played host to the creation of what became Warp and Woof.
Check out “Angelic Weirdness,” the first single off of Warp and Woof, along with the album’s artwork and full tracklisting, down below. Guided By Voices are also hitting the road for a series of tour dates, a period during which they’ll presumably conceive of their next three albums or so. All of those dates can be found below as well. Warp and Woof is out April 26 via GBV Inc. Records, and can be pre-ordered here.
Warp and Woof tracklisting:
01. Bury The Mouse
02. Angelic Weirdness
03. Foreign Deputies
04. Dead Liquor Store
05. Mumbling Amens
06. Cohesive Scoops
07. Photo Range Within
08. My Dog Surprise
09. Tiny Apes
10. Blue Jay House
11. Down The Island
12. Thimble Society
13. My Angel
14. More Reduction Linda
15. Cool Jewels And Aprons
16. Even Next
17. It Will Never Be Simple
18. The Stars Behind Us
19. Skull Arrow
20. Out Of The Blue Race
21. Coming Back From Now On
22. The Pipers, The Vipers, The Snakes!
23. Time Remains In Central Position
24. End It With Light
GBV tour dates
05.17.19 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
05.18.19 – Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle Hall
05.30.19 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound
06.01.19 – Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands – Best Kept Secret Festival
06.05.19 – London, UK – Village Underground (SOLD OUT)
06.06.19 – London, UK – Village Underground (SOLD OUT)
06.08.19 – Porto, Portugal – NOS Primavera Sound
06.28.19 – Cincinnati, OH – Woodward Theatre
07.13.19 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace (SOLD OUT)