After a two-album stint with major indie TVT Records, Dayton's Guided By Voices has returned to Matador, the label-home to the band's breakthrough albums like Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes, for their superb new release Universal Truths and Cycles. Bob Pollard — one of the most prolific singer/songwriters today — and his crack band prove they are still capable of popping out masterful, hook-laden, Classic Rock-influenced songs with the (seemingly) greatest of ease. It doesn't hurt that Pollard is abetted by one of the best lineups in the band's storied, two-decade history. Highlights of the new album include the lovely, accomplished "Pretty Bombs," which slips swirling strings into the mix, the piano-laden "Back to the Lake," and "Cheyenne," this album's instantly addictive potential "hit." While a 20-year life-span is a near-impossibility for a Rock band these days, Guided By Voices has survived by being not only consistent, but consistently creative. Joining GBV is Cincy faves The Greenhornes, who have been keeping busy on the road gaining more fans and kudos along the way. The group has begun recording their third full-length, which is due out before the end of the year, and a live 7-inch single for the local Shake It Records is also in the works.
On Saturday at Bogart's.