Lost in the news that the reformed Guided by Voices (Robert Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Kevin Fennel, and Greg Demos) would be releasing an album of new material on January 1st, was the announcement of an additional album of new material to follow in May 2012. The first album, Let’s Go Eat the Factory, was recorded in the style of classic GBV albums Propeller, Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes and Under the Bushes, Under the Stars, in various garages and impromptu studios across the country. The second, meanwhile, will find the reunited band amping up and cleaning up that sound for a bigger, bolder experience. Consequently, “The Unsinkable Fast Domino,” the first single from Let’s Go Eat the Factory, is just about what you’d expect from their lo-fi side. It clocks in at just about two minutes. The guitars, and there are many of them, are loose and jangly, but pointed at just the right moments. And the melody is immediate even if the lyrics themselves, are obtuse. Take the chorus, “Then disregard unthinkable and be like the unsinkable Fats Domino.” Who knows what Robert Pollard is trying to get across? Like many of his best tracks the meaning will remain a mystery. What is unmistakable, however, is how the fans are likely to react — With Miller Lites and cheers and more and more Miller Lites.
“The Unthinkable Fats Domino” 7″ single will be out November 22nd on Matador Records. You can pre-order that record here. The full length, Let’s Go East the Factory, will be released Jan 1st on A second new album, Class Clown Spots a UFO, will follow in May.