Guided By Voices Extend Fall Tour | "Please Be Honest" Out Now Via GBV Inc.


Photo Cred: Matt Davis
Guided By Voices have announced new dates on their Fall tour, including a New Year's Eve show at Music Hall Of Williamsburg with The Moles. The dates will feature the new lineup, with former GBV guitarist Doug Gillard rejoining the band. The new lineup, Gillard, Kevin March (drums), Bobby Bare Jr. (guitar) and Mark Shue (bass) will be recording a new GBV album with leader Robert Pollard in September.  Pollard comments:  "We're all extremely excited to have Doug back in the band.  He is one of the best guitar players in the world, if not the best.”

Robert Pollard wrote and recorded and played all the instruments on Please Be Honest and when he finished it felt to him like a Guided By Voices record. He's not wrong. The songs are compact and tuneful, the playing expertly slack, the production raw and unpolished: sounds pretty much like every review of Bee Thousand.

A better cognate, however, might be Vampire On Titus, Pollard's 1993 pre Bee Thousand(somewhat overlooked) lo-fi tour de force. On that record Pollard similarly played every instrument -- and while his drumming skills then were so rudimentary that he had to record the bass drum and the snare parts separately, which is no longer the case -- as with everything he does, it's about the songs, man. Of which Please Be Honest has no shortage, fifteen of them clocking in at just over 33 minutes. The point being there's precedent for a GBV record where Pollard plays everything, and maybe more importantly there's a reason for that precedent.

Robert Pollard is Guided By Voices. This has never not been true, certainly, and is now more true than ever. He delights in confounding expectations, and you have to at least suspect that after over twenty-years of making records under any number of pseudonyms, of which Guided By Voices is just one, and maybe not even his favorite one, he chafes at the notion that there exists some Platonic ideal of "Guided By Voices" that isn't just Bob writing and recording the songs with whatever musicians he wants to use. Guided By Voices' new live line-up reflects not just a possibly subconscious desire to prove that unalterable fact, but fits with Pollard's unchanging changeability. He does what he wants. He is who he is. The only "classic lineup" that has ever mattered is singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/band leader/magician/thunderstorm Robert Pollard. Long may he reign.
Aug 13 Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
Aug 14 Dallas, TX - Trees
Aug 16 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
Aug 17 Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
Aug 19 Los Angeles, CA - The Teragram Ballroom
Aug 20 Los Angeles, CA - The Teragram Ballroom
Aug 22 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
Aug 23 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
Aug 26 Seattle, WA - Neumos
Aug 27 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom - Music Fest NW presents Project Pabst
Aug 31 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Sep 01 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
Sep 03 Chicago, IL - Metro
Sep 09 Maquoketa, IA -  Daytrotter Presents at Codfish Hollow Barn / GARP Festival
 Sep 16 Ottawa, ON - CityFolk Festival
Sep 17 Toronto, ON - Toronto Urban Roots Festival
Oct 07 Charlottesville, VA -  Jefferson Theater
 Oct 08 Philadelphia, PA - Project Pabst Philadelphia / Electric Factory
Nov 01 Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Room
Nov 4-6 Austin, TX - Sound On Sound Festival
Nov 06 New Orleans, LA - The Republic NOLA
Nov 07 Birmingham, AL - Saturn
Nov-09 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
Nov 11 Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
Nov 12 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
Dec 31 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
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