Guided By Voices Disband, Cancel Tour
A picture of a neon sign reading "Closed" is now posted on the website for indie heroes Guided By Voices, signaling the end of the band.
"Guided By Voices has come to an end," a statement on the site reads. "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. "
The band originally called it quits in 2004 before the classic '90s lineup reunited in 2010 to play Matador Records' 21st anniversary show, Rolling Stone reports. After re-forming, the group began to tour and put out music at an impressive rate — they have three LPs in 2012, an LP and EP in 2013, and two more LPs this year to their credit. Frontman Robert Pollard spoke with RS last year about his tireless song-producing skills. "When I make an album, I tire of it pretty quickly," Pollard said. "I may listen to it for a week after it's finished and then I put it away. Within another few weeks, I may have written 10 or 15 new songs. By the time one album comes out, I'm already tired of listening to it and on to the next. I've got quite a few vehicles to work with."
Nothing further has come out about why the band broke up this time around.
Last October, original drummer Kevin Fennell left the band due to a dispute between him and Pollard. The disagreement stemmed from Fennell putting his drum set on eBay for $55,000, listing it as the kit that played on Guided By Voices albums. Some emails between the bandmates surfaced shortly thereafter. "After rejoining the band, I was hopeful that we would be more active regarding playing out and having the opportunity to earn money," Fennell wrote to Pollard. "As a result, I passed on two full-time job opportunities ... to make sure I was available for the band but we only played two shows this year, with no mention of anything in the future."