Longstanding indie rockers Guided by Voices have broken up. The Dayton, Ohio, five-piece band posted the news to their website on Thursday (Sept. 18) and canceled a run of tour dates scheduled to start Sept. 26 at Portland, Ore.’s Crystal Ballroom and to finish Nov. 29 at Detroit’s Magic Stick.
“Guided By Voices has come to an end,” wrote frontman Robert Pollard, who has been hinting at GBV’s end since last year’s English Little League, which he suggested might be their final album. “With 4 years of great shows and six killer albums, it was a hell of a comeback run. The remaining shows in the next two months are unfortunately canceled. Our sincere apologies to those that have purchased tickets and made travel plans. Thanks to everyone who has supported GBV.”
GBV’s tour would have been in support of Cool Planet, the May LP that marked the prolific band’s 22nd full-length since forming in 1983 and their sixth since 2012’s Let’s Go Eat the Factory with their “original lineup” from the 1990s. In June they celebrated the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough record, 1994’s Bee Thousand, with BEER Thousand, a customized brew in partnership with Dogfish Head Ale.
Let’s pour one out for Pollard’s high kick.