Guided By Voices August By Cake (April 7, GBV Inc Records) is the one hundredth studio album that Robert Pollard has released since 1986’s Forever Since Breakfast. To put that in perspective, Bob Dylan has released roughly 39 studio albums since 1959. And that includes the Traveling Wilburys.
A highly anticipated record with the new line-up (returning GBV veterans Doug Gillard and Kevin March, virgins Bobby Bare Jr and Mark Shue) that has been wowing audience in clubs and festivals throughout 2016. It’s the most musically adept and versatile line-up Pollard has ever assembled. With 32 songs, August By Cake is also GBV’s first ever double-album, and song contributions from all five bandmembers is additional icing on this particular cake, setting album #100 apart from the previous 99.
The double album is an important format in Pollard’s own musical iconography, and he doesn’t take the form lightly — one reason he’s planned and abandoned several would-be GBV double albums in the past is his high regard for foundational works like Quadrophenia, the White Album, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Daydream Nation, Zen Arcade, Double Nickels On the Dime — “defining records for these bands,” says Pollard. It’s important to him that August By Cake not just be a double album but that it be a great double album.
Spring tour dates, including Coachella Festival are below, and there are several surprises in store for 2017.
4/7 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
4/14 – Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
4/15 – San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365 Club
4/17 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
4/18 – Seattle, WA – Nuemos
4/21 – Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
4/28 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner
4/29 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme
5/5 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
5/6 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
‘August By Cake’ – Tracklisting
00. Bob Intro
01. 5° On The inside.
02. Generox – Gray
03. When We All Hold Hands
04. Goodbye Note
05. We Liken The Sun.
06. Fever Pitch
07. Absent The Man
08. Packing The Dead Zone
09. What Begins On New Years Day
11. Keep Me Down
12. West Coast Company Man
13. Warm Up To Religion
14. High 5 Hall Of Famers
15. Hiking Skin
16. Sudden Fiction
17. Its Food
18. Cheap Buttons
19. Substitute 11
20. Chew the Sand
21. Dr. Feelgood Falls Off the Ocean
22. The Laughing Closet
23. Deflect Project
24. Upon The Circus Bus
25. Try It Out Its Nothing
26. Sentimental Wars
27. Circus Day Holdout
28. Whole Tomatoes
29. Amusement Park Is Over
30. Golden Doors
31. The Possible Edge
32. Escape To Phoenix