On the first day of 2012, the "classic" lineup of Dayton, Ohio's legendary Indie band Guided By Voices will release its first album, Let's Go Eat the Factory. The 21-track full-length features the GBV lineup that has been touring for the past year — Pollard, Mitch Mitchell, Tobin Sprout Greg Demos and Kevin Fennell. It' the first new album by this lineup since 1996's Under the Bushes, Under the Stars. GBV diehards won't have to wait for the calendar to change to hear the "chemistry" (Pollard's reasoning — along with market demand — for putting out new songs after breaking GBV up just a few years back). A 7-inch single for new album track "Doughnut for a Snowman" is being issued Nov. 28 and you can give it a listen below.
The 7-inch will also feature four B-sides: A previously unrecorded
Pollard song (such things exist?), "So High," Tobin Sprout's "One, Two,
Three, Four," and "Without Necks" and "Fish on My Leg," two cuts
recorded at Mitchell's house by Pollard, Mitchell and Pollard's brother
(often referred to as GBV's "secret weapon"), Jimmy.
The press release for the new single ends with this bold, fan-enticing claim: "Devoted fans of Bee Thousand will not be disappointed."
Here's the audio for "Doughnut for a Snowman" (including a sizzling, shredding recorder solo by Bob!) the third track on Factory.
Guided By Voices - Doughnut For A Snowman by FIRE RECORDS
UPDATE: Within 24 hours of posting this, another press release was issued revealing Matador's plans to release a different 7-inch single, this one for new album track "The Unsinkable Fats Domino" (backed with "We Won't Apologize for the Human Race"). Give it a listen on Mr. Pollard's site here. The single is due out Nov. 22. And next month, yet another 7-inch, for "Chocolate Boy" (backed with Sprout's "As the Girls Sing Downing"), will be issued through GBV Inc.
Insert "Bob Pollard is prolific" joke here.