Guided by Voices Break Up, Cancel Tour
Prolific indie rockers Guided by Voices have broken up again. The band announced the news on its website and canceled all of the tour dates on its planned fall trek. Ticket refunds are available at point of purchase.
“Guided by Voices has come to an end,” the band said in its statement. “With four years of great shows and six killer albums, it was a hell of a comeback run…. Thanks to everyone who has supported GBV.”
The group had reunited its “classic ’93 – ’96 lineup” in 2010 to play Matador Records’ 21st anniversary concert. The band, whose membership has always revolved around frontman Robert Pollard, had broken up in 2004 with the singer-songwriter saying at the time that, after being a band since 1983, the time felt right.
After the 2010 reunion concert, the group picked up the rigorous touring and recording schedule that made them indie icons in the Eighties and Nineties, when they often put out multiple records a year. Guided by Voices issued three full-lengths in 2012 alone, a full-length and an EP in 2013 and two in the first half of 2014, in addition to many, many seven-inches and singles. In December, Pollard told Rolling Stone he would consider working on a third Guided by Voices album, in addition to other projects, but “it depends on how much live work we get.”
“When I make an album, I tire of it pretty quickly,” Pollard said in the interview to explain why he is so prolific. “I may listen to it for a week after it’s finished and then I put it away. Within another few weeks, I may have written 10 or 15 new songs. By the time one album comes out, I’m already tired of listening to it and on to the next. I’ve got quite a few vehicles to work with.”
Pollard has not commented on why the group chose to disband.