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' hits stores in November. Add in seven 7 inch singles and this year etches itself in history as a remarkable one for GBV and fans alike.
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' and 'Class Clown Spots A UFO' are available now on Fire Records on CD / LP and Digital download.
The new album (and third release this year!) 'The Bears for Lunch' is out now.
Guided By Voices is Robert Pollard, Mitch Mitchell, Kevin Fennell, Tobin Sprout, Greg Demos with Jimmy Pollard.