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Guided by Voices

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Dayton, Ohio, United States (1983 – 2004, 2010 – present)

Guided by Voices is an band which formed in Dayton, Ohio, United States in 1983. The band’s lineup has changed constantly throughout the band’s history, with its only constant member being singer/songwriter Robert Pollard. The current lineup of the band is identical to that of its 1993-1996 lineup: Robert Pollard (vocals, guitar), Tobin Sprout (guitar), Mitch Mitchell (guitar), Greg Demos (bass) and Kevin Fennell (drums).

Noted at first for its lo-fi aesthetic and typically Portastudio four-tracks-to-cassette production methods, Guided by Voices’ music revealed influences from post-British Invasion garage rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, punk rock and post-punk. The band also garnered much attention for its prolific output, with a seemingly endless stream of releases. Most songs are in the two-minute range, but many are even shorter; often they end abruptly or are intertwined with odd and homemade sound effects.

Formed in Dayton, Ohio in the early 1980s, Guided by Voices began their career as a bar band working the local scene. As lineups and day-jobs shifted, however, Pollard moved the band towards a studio-only orientation. Guided by Voices’ recording career began with a stream of self-financed, independent releases. With only a few hundred copies of each album being pressed, these tended to circulate only among the band members’ family and friends.

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  • ed_poa

    This band. Overlooked. Undervalued. Just insatiable. Love.

    3 Jul 3:05pm Reply
  • goldfishclowns

    I speak in monotone, leave my fucking life alone!

    2 Jul 6:59pm Reply
  • KeylaSliver

    Hooooot freaks!

    24 Jun 3:04am Reply
  • mattmacneil

    HAPPY 20TH BDAY TO BEE THOUSAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    22 Jun 9:01pm Reply
  • mattmacneil

    V lol

    21 Jun 2:00pm Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    There's a new album out that no one seems to have noticed.

    17 Jun 8:05pm Reply
  • mattmacneil

    it really is like soul man

    17 Jun 1:51am Reply
  • mattmacneil

    tobin sprout is the best

    15 Jun 10:21pm Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    Well, they were absolutely fantastic. It's true, Bob was drinking liberally and even handing out beers to random people in the audience between songs. He was happy that LA seemed to be more receptive to the "new shit" than a lot of other cities. They played a lot of their most popular songs, like Game of Pricks, Teenage FBI, Cut-Out Witch, Motor Away, Exit Flagger, and about half the songs from Bee Thousand including ones I wasn't expecting at all like Ester's Day and Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory! I think my favorite moments were Wished I Was a Giant and Smothered In Hugs. I'm so fucking glad they played those two. :,)

    15 Jun 9:08pm Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    I'm so excited I'm getting to see them on Friday! :D In order to familiarize myself with the newer stuff, I took on the challenge of making a stronger album out of standout songs on the first four post-reunion albums. Just for fun. I'm very pleased with how some of these flow into each other. Here's the list: http://www.last.fm/user/naotas_forehead/journal/2014/06/08/63rxcu_my_post-reunion_gbv_playlist

    12 Jun 1:42am Reply
  • robot_boy71

    Saw them in Portland last night...For me the newer stuff is a hit and miss, as I'm more into punk and new wave and it seems that Bob has moved on quite a bit from that mid-90s sound into more of a classic rock and power pop vein. But they were a ton of fun live. It's still a drunken debaucherous experience that has to be witnessed. 2+ hours and 50+ songs...I sure as hell hope to have that much stamina when I'm 56. But I do miss the old sound...On my 11 hour drive down from Canada I listened to a bunch of GBV bootlegs...the shows from right around the Alien Lanes and UTBUTS period are insanely good...Bob could literally not write a single bum song...Can't wait for tonight's show in Seattle :P

    9 Jun 2:00am Reply
  • wiseblood-

    See you in Boston, my beautiful friends.

    7 Jun 2:26am Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    I mean, Waving at Airplanes and Waking Up the Stars are nice but they just sound like straight up rip-offs of 60's/70's songs. Compare that to the greatness of Spiderfighter, Shine (Tomahawk Breath), The Quiet Game, All of This Will Go, etc. It's just disappointing.

    26 May 5:51pm Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    Actually, I've been listening to post-reunion GBV, and I would say The Bears for Lunch would EASILY be the best album... if Tobin Sprout's songs weren't so weak on that one! Which is weird because on every other album, his songs are usually the strongest... Very frustrating. :/

    26 May 5:43pm Reply
  • mattmacneil

    Tobin's songs on every release since Let's Go Eat The Factory have been really really staggeringly great.

    26 May 5:28am Reply
  • Drowntone

    Cool Planet is good, but so far Motivational Jumpsuit stands head and shoulders over CP for this years best GBV album. Hopefully there will be one more to come, maybe two!

    26 May 2:07am Reply
  • masasimone

    please come to Japan

    15 May 10:45am Reply
  • mattmacneil

    so pleasantly surprised with cool planet. GBV have finally warmed up. These last two have been great.

    8 May 6:01pm Reply
  • british-rocker

    Please Come to Germany

    2 May 5:45am Reply
  • mattmacneil

    Their albums from the last ~2 years have been somewhat disappointing but Motivational Jumpsuit is actually really good.

    30 Apr 8:09pm Reply
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