Not so much a rarity but always a treat, new material from Robert Pollard is certainly something that pricks up my ears. And when that new material comes in the form of the first album in fifteen years from the “classic” Guided By Voices lineup–Robert Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Greg Demos, Mitch Mitchell, and Kevin Fennell–my ear pricks get particularly pronounced. Well, look out hat brim, hear comes advance single, “The Unsinkable Fats Domino,” from the forthcoming album Let’s Go Eat the Factory.
Let’s Go Eat the Factory is the first proper GBV record since 2004’s Half Smiles of the Decomposed, and it’s the first to be recorded by the classic lineup since 1996’s Under the Bushes Under the Stars. “The Unsinkable Fats Domino,” a chuggingly rhythmic bit of indie pop from Uncle Bob and the boys, is dependably melodic songwriting from the band that re-ups its own ante by reuniting the vocal harmonies of Pollard and Sprout on its oblique chorus. All in all, it keeps my expectations high for the full-length album.
“The Unsinkable Fats Domino” b/w “We Won’t Apologize” is out November 22 via Matador Records. Check it out here.