Guided By Voices Not Breaking Up


Premature announcement
from ATP followed by quick denial from the band.


By Fred Mills


That itching in your hairy palms you felt yesterday? Word
that Guided By Voices had split up again, and on the near-eve of its new album Let’s Go Eat The Factory (Jan. 1), no
less. An email sent out by organizers of the All Tomorrow’s Parties announcing
that the Afghan Whigs were reuniting to play the Mogwai/ATP-curated May 27 “I’ll
Be Your Mirror” concert in London also included this notation:


“We’re very sad to announce the disappointing
news that Guided By Voices will no longer play on the Sunday of the event. The
band are breaking up and have cancelled all 2012 live appearances. Those of you
who bought Sunday Day tickets for this event are invited to claim a refund if
you no longer want to attend. Please contact your ticket agency before the end
of January to do so. Once again we’re very sorry to be the bearers of this bad
news and sorry to those of you who it has inconvenienced.”


Hold on, not so fast,
whizz kids: GBV quickly stepped in to issue their own counter-statement:


“Guided by Voices have
not split up and continue to work on new material together. In addition to the
album release of Let’s Go Eat the Factory for January, the band are at work on
another album, Class Clown Spots A UFO. Robert Pollard
will also be releasing a solo record in March called Mouseman
Cloud.Unfortunately Guided By Voices are canceling their appearances at
Primavera and ATP/I’ll Be Your Mirror, due to personal
reasons. The band apologizes for any inconvenience and disappointment, and
thanks Primavera, ATP and the fans for their longterm
support. including the plans to have played at next year’s I’ll Be Your Mirror
event in the UK.”


What’s next? Is this all some insidious promotional
strategy? Stay tuned!


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