GUIDED BY VOICES

The Guided By Voices classic line-up are back and have had one of their finest years to date! First was ‘Let’s Go Eat The Factory’, the first album of new material in fifteen years. This was followed by the astonishing ‘Class Clown Spots a UFO’ and if that wasn’t enough, the third record of a year, ‘The Bears For Lunch’ hit stores in November 2012. “English Little League” was their next release, and this was followed by yet another “Motivational Jumpsuit”, which came out in February 2014. Add in “Cool Planet” which came out in May 2014 and you’ll realise that this has been a pretty productive couple of years for the band.

After a fifteen year hiatus, the “classic line up” of Guided By Voices (Robert Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Greg Demos, and Kevin Fennell) finished off its year-long reunion tour 2011 by releasing an album of 21 new songs, deliberately choosing to return to what bandleader Robert Pollard calls the “semi-collegial” approach of iconic GBV albums like ‘Bee Thousand’ and ‘Alien Lanes’. ‘Let’s Go Eat The Factory’ is much more than a mere return, however: sprawling, variegated, heavy, melodic, and yet still recognizably and coherently Guided By Voices in both its literal and mythic senses.

At first I said: no reunion, period,” explains Pollard about the decision to revive Guided By Voices. “And definitely no record or re-formation. But the tour went so well; the response was really unexpected. I thought at some point that a lot of people would like to hear new GBV music. The chemistry was still there.
’Let’s Go Eat The Factory’, ‘Class Clown Spots A UFO’, ˜The Bears For Lunch’, ˜English Little League’ ˜Motivational Jumpsuit’ and ‘Cool Planet’ are available now on Fire Records on CD / LP and Digital download.

Guided By Voices is Robert Pollard, Mitch Mitchell, Kevin Fennell, Tobin Sprout, Greg Demos with Jimmy Pollard.

Even when Robert Pollard was exploring new extremes in amateur home-recording, hyper-prolific songwriting, and Budweiser consumption in the 1990s, he was always picky about which of the thousands of songs he wrote was officially issued under the Guided by Voices name. Pitchfork