Release Date: Mar 23, 2018
Record label: Guided by Voices, Inc.
Robert Pollard has long taken pride in being recklessly prolific, cranking out albums with his band Guided by Voices at a dizzying pace while also issuing a steady flow of solo releases and side projects. When GBV released August by Cake in April 2017, Pollard announced it was the 100th album he'd appeared on, and several fans contested his math, insisting he'd been on even more LPs than that. So when Pollard declared that Space Gun would be the only Guided by Voices album of 2018, it was hard not to wonder what he was up to.
Guided by Voices were on a quest to make the perfect rock song. Now, they're here to make the perfect rock album. This second reunion is one where, as a listener, you can really hear GBV's experimentation creating different formulas to get there. The release of their recent effort, Space Gun, sounds closest to what one imagines could be GBV's final form. Space Gun is a release that sonically departs from their last three releases since their 2016 reunion, and is a little more what you would expect from a GBV album.