Guided By Voices announce split and end ‘comeback run’ with immediate effect

The band have cancelled all forthcoming live dates

Guided By Voices have announced that they are to split.

The band first called in a day in 2004. They then reunited their 1993 – 1996 lineup in 2010 to perform at their label Matador Records’ 21st anniversary event. Following that gig, they toured extensively and put out three albums in 2012, another album and an EP in 2013, and two further albums in 2014.

However, in a statement on their website, the band have announced that they are to split again. “Guided by Voices has come to an end. With four years of great shows and six killer albums, it was a hell of a comeback run…. Thanks to everyone who has supported GBV.”

Refunds for all scheduled US shows will be available at point of purchase, a statement reads.

Back in October last year, the band became embroiled in a row with their former drummer, Kevin Fennell, after he tried to sell his drumkit on eBay with a $55,000 (£34,000) starting bid.

Following the listing, Fennell’s former bandmates posted on Facebook that they had “nothing to do” with the listing and that the drummer was no longer part of the band.

In an email exchange between Fennell and the band’s frontman Robert Pollard, which was originally posted online, Fennell claims he resigned from the band, while Pollard maintains he was fired.

“You have made a fool of yourself by your asking price,” Pollard wrote. “Most people would like to know who the fuck you think you are and who you think Guided By Voices is that you can warrant that kind of asking price for your fucking drums.”

“You’re an amateur,” the email continued. “You play too fast (which is the sign of an amateur)… I’ve asked you to slow down and get behind the music but I can tell that you don’t know what I’m even talking about,”

“Do not delude yourself, Kevin, that people gave a shit who was behind that drum kit,” he concluded.

Bidding closed on the drumkit without any interested party.