The Bowery Ballroom
Guided By Voices

Guided By Voices

Doug Gillard, Atomic Forces

Fri, May 23, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY

$40

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This event is 21 and over

Guided By Voices
Guided By Voices
Twenty-two years ago in 1994, 38-year-old school teacher Robert Pollard & his merry band recorded Bee Thousand in a Dayton, Ohio basement on a 4-track cassette recorder. This improbable rock classic became an enormously influential album; Spin and Pitchfork have called it one of the best records of the ’90s, and Amazon picked Bee Thousand as #1 on their list of the 100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums Of All Time. An amazing live band with a rabid following, the Washington Post called GBV “the Grateful Dead equivalent for people who like Miller Lite instead of acid!”

After 22 albums, 24 solo records and countless side projects, Pollard has recorded a new GBV album by himself and has assembled an exciting new GBV line-up for 2016 touring: Doug Gillard (guitar), Bobby Bare Jr (guitar), Mark Shue (bass) and Kevin March (drums).
Doug Gillard
Doug Gillard
Doug Gillard is a guitarist's guitar player. Over the past two decades he's lent his considerable talents to a huge array of recordings, and has been an integral member of Death Of Samantha, Guided By Voices, Richard Buckner's Band, and most recently Nada Surf. His technical prowess and creative, angular melodies have influenced a generation of indie rockers.

Most people, however, don't realize Gillard is also a prolific songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. On April 8th, Nine Mile Records is releasing Gillard's third solo outing - Parade On - a collection of razor-sharp gems that recall the halcyon days of power-pop acts such as The Knack, Squeeze, and Graham Parker.

Gillard sings and plays nearly every note on Parade On (with the exception of drums and occassional backing vocals), and, although the songs range from aggressive punky New Wave to melodic 70s influenced psych, this is assuredly a pop record that should appeal to fans of all of his other outfits.

The upbeat mood and sugary melodies of Parade On also mask some dark subject matter. Songs such as "Ready For Death," "I Shalt Not Want," and the title track deal head on with issues of loss and mortality. However, it's clear that Gillard approaches these topics with the assuredness of someone who's been through a lot and come out the other side stronger, wiser, and more confident; a fitting metaphor for his career in music.
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002
http://www.boweryballroom.com/