Guided By Voices already broke up once, and very ceremoniously so, with a lengthy 2004 farewell tour culminating in a New Year’s Eve blowout in Chicago. The Ohio indie-rock legends reunited their classic mid-’90s lineup in 2010 for a run of shows that turned out to be semi-endless, and in January 2012 they released the comeback album Let’s Go Eat The Factory, which turned out to be the first of six LPs in just over two years. Now GBV’s second run has come to a close with far less fanfare than the first time around. As The Music Charger points out, the band recently canceled its remaining 2014 tour dates and posted this message on its official website:
Guided By Voices has come to an end. 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 parted ways with drummer Kevin Fennell last year in messy fashion after he put his drums for sale on eBay for $55,000. The band’s publicist could not offer further comment on the split. For further GBV reading, check out our 20th anniversary tribute to the band’s classic 1994 breakthrough Bee Thousand.
UPDATE: Pollard sent an email to The New York Times with some further details. An excerpt from the NYT report:
“I feel we’ve done some great work with these albums,” [Pollard] wrote, “it wasn’t just a reunion to cash in. But it’s gone as far as it was going to go and to go beyond this point, to any degree or any length would be just going through the motions. It’s time to wrap it up with this particular entity.”
Mr. Pollard will continue to work with his other bands, Teenage Guitar, which has a new album due this month; Circus Devils, which has an album due in November; and a new group, Ricked Wicky. Mr. Pollard is also planning to release a solo album in 2015. There was no word on the other band members’ plans.