The rumors are true. For months I’d been hearing from sources of varying quality that Guided by Voices had either planned to record a new album or were already knee deep in the process of recording. Those rumors hit a fever pitch during the Pitchfork Music Festival this past July when people who’d just attended GBV’s yearly fan festival in Dayton, Ohio reported it as truth, there will be a new Guided by Voices album.
Today comes word that the classic era Guided by Voices lineup of Robert Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Greg Demos and Kevin Fennel did indeed find time in the studio during their year long reunion tour to put a new record together. Let’s Go Eat the Factory will be released on New Year’s Day 2012 and will feature 21 new songs. The tracklist is below.
Laundry And Lasers
Doughnut For A Snowman
Hang Mr. Kite
God Loves Us
The Unsinkable Fats Domino
Who Invented The Sun
The Big Hat And Toy Show
How I Met My Mother
The Things That Never Need
Cyclone Utilities (Remember Your Birthday)
Go Rolling Home
The Room Taking Shape
We Won’t Apologize For The Human Race
More details, an official announcement and pre-order details are sure to come out soon. I couldn’t be happier.
UPDATE: According to Rockathon Records, Let’s Go Eat the Factory will be available for pre-order on October 31st (Uncle Bob’s Birthday) via their website. Also, Robert Pollard has announced via his facebook feed that a second, new Guided by Voices record will be released on May 22, 2012. This one is titled, Class Clown Spots a UFO, and that title is all the details we have right now.