Lo-fi indie legends Guided By Voices are set to release their twenty seventh studio album in February 2019. Scheduled for release on the 1st of the month, the mammoth thirty two track ‘Zeppelin Over China’ will be, unbelievably, the Ohio legends’ tenth album since releasing ‘Let’s Go Eat The Factory’ in 2012.
In addition, there’s more great news for UK fans, since Robert Pollard and company have confirmed a UK visit. Since their appearance at All Tomorrow’s Parties in 2011 was cancelled, this will be the first UK GBV gig in fifteen years.
More details on the new album and gig, along with a link to a streaming track can be found in the press release below. Real Gone’s review of ‘Let’s Go Eat The Factory’ can be read here.
GUIDED BY VOICES ANNOUNCE FIRST UK PERFORMANCE IN OVER 15 YEARS
STREAM NEW TRACK “THE RALLY BOYS” HERE
NEW ALBUM “ZEPPELIN OVER CHINA” OUT FEBRUARY 1ST
Photo Credit: Tony Nelson
We are extremely excited to announce that GUIDED BY VOICES will be returning to the UK for the first time in over 15 years in June.
Their long anticipated return to British shores will see the band play 5th Juneat Village Underground.
Tickets go on-sale at 10am GMT this Friday, 11th January.
The announcement follows the band’s announcement for Primavera Sound Festival 2019 in Barcelona (May 30).
This will be the legendary band’s first return to Spain since 1997. GBV has played just one show in Europe (2011) in the past 15 years.
The band today also release a brand new track, “The Rally Boys”, a short slice of perfect pop and the lead single from GBV’s forthcoming epic double album, Zeppelin Over China (in stores on February 1st).
STREAM “THE RALLY BOYS” HERE
READ NME PREMIERE HERE
Zeppelin Over China is a major and majestic work in the GBV canon, spotlighting the scope and genius of Pollard’s songwriting. With 32 songs in 75 minutes, the massive Zeppelin reaches lofty heights on its musical journey. Pollard continues to deliver endless invention and emotional wallop in 2 and 3-minute guitar rock gems.
Pollard has assembled his greatest supporting cast ever — Doug Gillard (guitar), Kevin March (drums), Mark Shue (bass), Bobby Bare Jr. (guitar) and Travis Harrison (engineer) — and this line-up’s virtuosic talents spur him to his most ambitious work yet, a grand album of emotional resonance and narrative drama.
After well-deserved acclaim for the mind-boggling milestone of Pollard’s 100 career albums, Zeppelin Over China is a wonderful entry point for new listeners to experience Guided By Voices for the first time. Not resting on his laurels, Pollard’s tireless tenacity pays off with spectacular results.
Guided By Voices
Zeppelin Over China
out February 1st on GBV Inc.
Further information on Guided By Voices:
In 1994, 38-year-old school teacher Robert Pollard & his merry band recorded Bee Thousand in a Dayton, Ohio basement on a 4-track cassette recorder. This improbable rock classic became an enormously influential album: Pitchfork and Spin have called it one of the best records of the ’90s, and Amazon picked Bee Thousand as #1 on their list of the 100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums Of All Time. Numerous artists have cited GBV as a favorite including The Strokes, Cat Power, Thom Yorke/Radiohead and Waxahatchee to name just a few. A legendary live band with a rabid following, the Washington Post called GBV “the Grateful Dead equivalent for people who like Miller Lite instead of acid!”
The fantastically prolific Pollard has composed and recorded over 2300 songs, and released his 100th album in 2018, but he’s never been content to rest on his laurels. Coming in 2019 will be double album Zeppelin Over China, followed by two more full-length records: Warp And Woof and Rise Of The Ants.
The band’s present-day line-up is nothing less than a new Golden Age of GBV. Flanked by returning bandmates Doug Gillard (guitar) and Kevin March (drums), plus Mark Shue (bass) and Bobby Bare Jr. (guitar), the band has been wowing audiences in North America. June 5 at the Village Underground will be GBV’s first London appearance since 2003!