I've started spending some time with Earthquake Glue and Isolation Drills. By far, the most polished GBV albums from the ones I've been listening to (Be Thousand, Alien Lanes, Under The Bushes Under The Stars)
Get big 70s rock vibes all over Earthquake Glue. Some of the tracks sound so much like The Who. So far, tracks I'm loving Earthquake Glue are:
My Kind of Soldier I'll Replace You With Machines Useless Inventions The Best of Jill Hives A Trophy In Particular Apology In Advance
This week, I'll probably have Isolation Drills on heavy rotation. Had a couple of spins yesterday and most loved Fair Touching, Chasing Heather Crazy & Glad Girls. But, I'm sure there'll be more. Seems that a lot of GBV have hidden gems that get under your skin with repeated listens.
Also, started my own GBV/Pollard playlist, and so far I've got 31 tracks from the 5 albums I've given some time to. Looking forward to uncovering more gems!
Fucking pussy, I did the entire back catalogue in under 12 months!
I mean, tbf, I'm onto my 6th record (I listened to Do The Collapse twice tonight; once on the train and once walking round Morrisons) so this week my time will be spent between Isolation Drills (which I've spun about 5 times since Friday) and probably, mostly, Do The Collapse. Then, the plan is to dive back into Be Thousand & Alien Lanes to see how they feel having being exposed to some of the more well-produced stuff.
Maybe I'll make the new one the next one I dive into, just to mix things up a bit. Re: your comment about nothing on the new one being memorable, I've found that with almost all of the albums I've listened to so far. Bar a couple of gems, it mostly seems forgettable, but then on repeated listens, things just sort of jump out or fall into place a bit more.
I said it earlier, but I have to reiterate; I'm honestly going to have a hard time tearing myself away from Guided By Voices, and there is still so much more to listen to. At this rate, I'm not sure I'll listen to enough records to do a Top Albums of 2019 post come the end of the year. I've got the fucking fever.
I've decided that the next 2 albums I'll jump into are actually the latest 2 - Space Gun & Zeppelin Over China. I'm starting with Zeppelin Over China which is playing right. So far, it's pretty drab. I'm upto Send In The Suicide Squad which has probably been the strongest track so far.
Also, I had Isolation Drills on this morning and it really clicked in a big way. I liked it quite a lot anyway but this morning it just sounded incredible.
But I've just spent the past 12 months listening to Pollard & I've loved it but.... CONNECTIONS debut is better than ANY GBV RECORD. I've got it on for the first time in a year or two now and it sounds fucking incredible. Everything indie-rock should be. I don't care if they are essentially a GBV ripoff band, they fucking mastered that sound first time around. Sucks that they have zero fans and will never come to the UK. All I want is to punch people to Stuck Lung.