Back in January, garage-rock ensemble Guided By Voices announced that they would be releasing their first double album, August By Cake, which would also rank as bandleader Robert Pollard’s 100th studio album, this spring.
Now, less than two weeks out from the record’s release, the band has premiered a new music video for their new song “5º On The Inside” via Tidal. The fact that Pollard still has songs this catchy and evocative is remarkable. It sounds like classic GBV, combining sleazy, oil-slick guitars and a mammoth bass line with a melody that wouldn’t have sounded out of place among David Bowie’s early ‘70s output, not to mention those trumpets that bring the song to life right from the top. All around, it’s an excellent song, begging the question of where Pollard’s been hiding it for the last 30 years.
The video itself, which you can watch even without a Tidal subscription, runs through a number of simply shot scenes, including searching through a record store for Guided By Voices albums and silk-screening t-shirts for Pollard’s Rockathon Records.
Watch the “5º On The Inside” video via Tidal here. August By Cake is out April 7 via Rockathon Records. GBV will be hitting the road for a handful of dates following its release, including stops at Coachella. See the tour schedule below, along with audio from a 1994 GBV show available via the Paste Cloud.
Guided By Voices Tour Dates:
07 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Ready Room
08 – Oklahoma City, Okla. @ ACM@UCO: Metro Music Fest
14 – Indio, Calif. @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
15 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Bimbo’s 365 Club
17 – Portland, Ore. @ Doug Fir Lounge
18 – Seattle, Wash. @ Nuemos
21 – Indio, Calif. @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
22 – West Hollywood, Calif. @ The Roxy Theatre
28 – Columbus, Ohio @ Skully’s Music Diner
29 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ The Pyramid Scheme
05 – Detroit, Mich. @ Magic Stick
06 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Grog Shop