Rumors and press releases have been spreading this morning that Guided By Voices has once again broken up. Fortunately, an official statement from the band says otherwise:
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.
In other words, it sounds like the guys still have a lot of exciting plans down the road. The forthcoming studio album, Let’s Go Eat The Factory, is still scheduled for release on Jan. 1, 2012 and now, apparently, we’re getting another album called Class Clown Spots A UFO and a Pollard solo album.
Furthermore, the news of the band’s canceled dates came with some other major announcements as well. According to a press release, The Afghan Whigs have announced that they have reunited after being broken up for more than 10 years. The band will be replacing Guided By Voices at the All Tomorrow’s Parties I’ll Be Your Mirror event on May 27 in London.
The acclaimed group has released six successful rock albums—their last being the album 1965 from 1998. The Afghan Whigs will also play Asbury Park in New Jersey on Sept. 22. Tickets for that event will go on sale in early January.