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fallontears
04-25-2004, 10:07 AM
Man this sucks.


http://www.billboard.com/bb/daily/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000496110

Guided By Voices To Split At Year's End

Beloved indie rock act Guided By Voices will split at the end of the year, frontman Robert Pollard announced on stage last night (April 24) at New York's Bowery Ballroom. The group's final album, "Half Smiles of the Decomposed," will be released Aug. 24 via Matador. A full announcement is expected from the label on Monday.

"That's it," Pollard said about an hour through the three-hour set, which featured a guest appearance by Chavez/Zwan member Matt Sweeney on "Quicksilver" and a cover of AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie." "You can't be the Rolling Stones. You've gotta quit while you're relatively handsome."

GBV's 21-year career will "go out in a blaze of fire," Pollard insisted, adding that the group's final show will be held on New Year's Eve in New York. "We are the kings of indie rock. When we quit, indie rock will die."

Pollard did not give a specific reason for last night's announcement. In recent years, he has spent as much time recording with GBV as he has immersed in solo projects with current and former GBV members, including guitarist Doug Gillard (Lifeguards), bassist Tim Tobias (Circus Devils) and guitarist Tobin Sprout (Airport 5).

GBV's touring plans for the rest of the year have yet to be announced beyond three U.S. shows in June, beginning June 17 in Champaign, Ill.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y



edit: From GBV's website.
http://gbv.com/gifs/hsotdcov.jpg

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM GUIDED BY VOICES

After almost 20 years, assorted lineups, and countless albums, EPs, singles, triples, stolen bases, misdemeanor convictions, and broken hearts, Dayton, OH's fortunate sons are taking leave of your senses. 'Half Smiles Of The Decomposed,' to be released August 24 on Matador Records, will be the final album from Guided By Voices, one of the most acclaimed independent rock bands of all time.

"This feels like the last album for Guided By Voices," explains Robert Pollard, GBV's lone constant member, lead singer, and famously prolific songwriter. "I've always said that when I make a record that I'm totally satisfied with as befitting a final album, then that will be it. And this is it."

'Half Smiles Of The Decomposed' is the band's 15th full-length studio release, following 2003's 'Earthquake Glue' and retrospective box set, greatest-hits, and DVD releases. Although its tour later this year will be the band's last, Robert Pollard will continue writing, recording, and (possibly) touring as a solo artist. "I love the guys in the band, but I'm getting too old to be a gang leader," he explains. "There's a sense of maturity, and even integrity, I think, in continuing as one's own self."

sledge
04-25-2004, 12:05 PM
Oh well, it was bound to happen.

Mayfuck
04-25-2004, 01:06 PM
Finally.

Mason R Butler
04-25-2004, 01:29 PM
Yeah right, like a mere breakup will stop Bob Pollard. Expect a new boxed set by 2006.

sppunk
04-25-2004, 01:32 PM
Originally posted by fallontears


GBV's 21-year career will "go out in a blaze of fire," Pollard insisted, adding that the group's final show will be held on New Year's Eve in New York. "We are the kings of indie rock. When we quit, indie rock will die."



:rofl:

jenniferkate
04-25-2004, 10:57 PM
Originally posted by Mayfuck
Finally.

:love:

Pudge
04-26-2004, 12:33 AM
hands down one of the worst bands ever. i would say about time but 10 bucks says they will be back in a year and a half with "a new lineup" or some shit. someone should shoot the lead singer in the meantime to prevent this from ever happening again.

bowmaan
04-26-2004, 01:46 AM
Hopefully GBV will get the attention and respect they deserve when they're broken up. They are a great and talented band and bashing on GBV is unacceptable.

sledge
04-26-2004, 09:01 AM
Originally posted by Pudge
hands down one of the worst bands ever.