Legendary indie rockers Guided by Voices will perform at Wooly's in Des Moines tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets for the show are still available for $25 through the Wooly's box office and Ticketfly. The show will be an all ages affair with Bobby Bare Jr. serving as the opener.
Formed in the early Eighties in Dayton Ohio, Robert Pollard's Guided by Voices has been one of the most prolific indie bands around. While members have come and gone and returned over the years, Pollard has remained the driving force behind the chain-smoking, alcohol-fueled, marathons of two-minute songs through all of the band's incarnations over the years. Pollard has written over 1600 songs during his career, most for GBV projects or solo projects that included other GBV members, and has not been shy about releasing them to the public. Guided by Voices has released a number of boxed sets, and three of them were 4-CD sets of 100 unreleased tracks.
The reformed Guided by Voices (they played their "last" show on December, 31 2004—a four-hour, 63-song marathon at The Metro in Chicago—before reuniting in 2010) features most of the classic lineup the band had through the early nineties: founder Robert Pollard on vocals, Tobin Sprout and Mitch Mitchell on guitar, and Greg Demos on bass. Only drummer Kevin March is relatively new. The band picked up right where they left off, too, releasing albums in rapid-fire progression and claiming that each might be their last together. GBV has now released six albums and an EP since their 2010 reunion. Their latest studio album, Cool Planet, came out on May 13.
Catch the GBV playing their trademark lo-fi, high-energy best tonight because eventually their "last" album and "last" show might actually be their last. You can watch footage of the band performing in Oslo in 2011 in the embedded video.