Guided by Voices is breaking up after the release of their next album:
After almost 20 years, assorted lineups, and countless albums, EPs, singles, triples, stolen bases, misdemeanor convictions, and broken hearts, Dayton, OH’s fortunate sons are taking leave of your senses. ‘Half Smiles Of The Decomposed,’ to be released August 24 on Matador Records, will be the final album from Guided By Voices, one of the most acclaimed independent rock bands of all time.
It’s sad to hear, but it’s not like Pollard’s dropping off the radar. The band has seen so many configurations, it seems more like the he’s retiring the name than anything. He’ll keep pumping out albums every year. Hopefully they come to Toronto again before the split, I’d like to see them again.