Guided By Voices previews new album with two free songs

Robert Pollard was fine on his own, but he’s somehow so much better with Guided By Voices, which last year reconvened in its “classic lineup,” after a 6-year hiatus, for a tour before recording a new album, “Let’s Go Eat at the Factory,” which is due digitally Dec. 20 in physical formats in January.

They weren’t kidding about classic, either: in typical GBV form, the new album is 21 songs long. Pollard and company have been giving little tastes of the new material, first via “The Unsinkable Fats Domino” and now with a new single, “Doughnut for a Snowman.” GBV devotees know the band’s songs tend to fall into one of two categories: surging rockers that grab on and don’t let go, and weird little shambling pieces that sometimes sound like sketches. So far, the band has given us one of each: “The Unsinkable Fats Domino” rides waves of gnashing guitar and snappy drums, while “Doughnut for a Snowman” opens with a reedy flute sound and acoustic guitar.

And because it wouldn’t be Robert Pollard, or GBV, without that dizzying sense of prolific output, “Let’s Go Eat at the Factory” is the first of two records planned for 2012. The other, said to be called “Class Clown Spots a UFO,” doesn’t have a release date yet.

Photo by Rich Turiel

The Unsinkable Fats Domino
Doughnut For A Snowman

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