Guided By Voices Brings 'Truths' To Matador
Proving that you can go home again, ageless underground rock outfit Guided By Voices has re-signed with Matador Records, for whom it released three albums in the mid-'90s. Although terms of the deal aProving that you can go home again, ageless underground rock outfit Guided By Voices has re-signed with Matador Records, for whom it released three albums in the mid-'90s. Although terms of the deal are still being finalized, the first release will be the new Guided By Voices album "Universal Truths and Cycles," due June 18. As previously reported, the 19-track set was recorded in Dayton and Kent, Ohio, and self-produced by the band.
After such college rock staples as "Alien Lanes" (1995) and "Under the Bushes, Under the Stars" (1996), GBV left Matador in 1999 for TVT, which issued that year's Ric Ocasek-produced "Do the Collapse" and 2001's "Isolation Drills." In the interim, GBV frontman Robert Pollard has released a steady stream of music on his Fading Captain Series via Rockathon Records, including two albums with former GBV guitarist Tobin Sprout and a recent collaboration with Superchunk's Mac McCaughan.
"It's great to be reunited with our good friends at Matador, fellow rock geeks with the same basic philosophy on record artistry," Pollard said in a statement. "We are very happy getting back to autonomously making records ourselves and have the ball back in our court." Says Matador founder Gerard Cosloy, "we have long regretted the interruption of their tenure with the label and are grateful this partnership will recommence."
Guided By Voices' latest swing of tour dates hits Grand Rapids, Mich., on April 2. As previously reported, the next release in the Fading Captain Series is a double-vinyl collection of pre-GBV songs Pollard recorded with his brother Jim and future GBV guitarist Mitch Mitchell.