(Guided By Voices/Robert Pollard right-hand man/tour manager)
“I’m Burt Bacharach in reverse”
Robert Pollard uttered these words on The Electrifying Conclusion Tour back in 2004. He was referring to the amount of “hits” he has written with hardly anyone noticing. Over the years I’ve seen lots of “famous” musicians come back stage and pay homage to Bob. I always wondered why there wasn’t a massive Guided By Voices tribute album featuring REM, U2, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick (all bands who have had members who have praised Bob’s music). But I realize that maybe I was looking at this all wrong. It wasn’t the already famous that mattered, it was the number of young musicians that Bob was influencing that were more important. These were people that mattered. The ones who saw GBV play in the small clubs, the ones that played WITH GBV in the small clubs. They were the rock and roll warriors that share Bob’s rock and roll ethos. They are the spirit of GBV. Why you ask?
Guided by Voices are a truly influential band in the indie music sphere. Their 20+ year run provided the sonic groundwork for the lo-fi, DIY aesthetic so prevalent in today’s indie music scene. So it comes as no surprise that so many artists would be willing to provide covers from all eras of Guided by Voices work for the tribute album, Sing For Your Meat. Ranging from veterans such as The Flaming Lips, Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth fame), and Lou Barlow, to artists more recently making names for themselves like La Sera and Blitzen Trapper, the bands on this 23-track tribute pay loving homage to a band without whom they might not exist.
This album is a celebration of the many faces of Guided By Voices and the multitude of artists that they have influenced through both their music and mentality. Through a broad array of recording techniques and musical genres the artists have shown us all just how deeply they have been inspired and engaged by the works of GBV. Both contemporaries and current indie up-and-coming artists alike have contributed to what we feel is an authentically GBV’esque album. Some leaning heavily toward the lo-fi aesthetic while others mirrored the more produced side of the vast catalog, these fans-at-heart have created an album full of depth and raw character.
Tidbits about recording techniques:
Some of the tracks were literally recorded in bedrooms.
Western Civ’s tracks were recorded in their practice space (at Rich’s house) with a guy they had never met before and his portable recording rig. (Todd Fitch)
Lou Barlow recorded his track 12 times on a walkman like thing and then stacked them all. How cool is that? He gets my personal thumbs up for coolest technique!
Kelley Deal and The Buffalo Killers had never played their song together before they arrived at Candyland to record it it! (Talk about insta-chemistry!)
The world found out we were making this tribute when Wayne Cohen tweeted himself recording the
vocals for The Flaming Lips track.
La Sera’s track was done entirely by two people. Katy Goodman (vocals) and Brady Hall (instrumentation)
Both the Thurston Moore track and the James Husband track had been previously released on other projects. Thurston’s track was under the name Male Slut on the first GBV tribute, “Blatant Doom Trip” which was done by the infamous Trader Vic.
Mass Solo Revolt’s track was all played and recorded by one guy, Martin Brummeler.
Superdrag’s track is from the web! A friend of theirs (Dewey Cole) had recorded a live show. John Davies grabbed the track from the web in MP3 form and we sent it straight to the mastering engineer as is.
Which brings me to Dave.
Many thanks to our mastering engineer, Dave Harris of Studio B in Charlotte. He deserves multiple pats on the back for making all of this sound somewhat cohesive while still keeping the raw GBV feel. You sir have super human ears, and we think you rock.
01. Kelley Deal & Buffalo Killers – Scalding Creek
02. Thurston Moore – Stabbing A Star
03. Elf Power – Man Called Aerodynamics
04. Superdrag – A Salty Salute
05. Western Civ – My Valuable Hunting Knife MP3
06. Crooked Fingers – Tractor Rape Chain
07. Lou Barlow – Game Of Pricks
08. Sorry About Dresden – Echos Myron
09. James Husband – Buzzards And Dreadful Crows
10. Flaming Lips – Smothered In Hugs
11. La Sera – Watch Me Jumpstart MP3
12. I Was Totally Destroying It – I Am Produced
13. David Kilgour – How Loft I Am?
14. Cymbals Eat Guitars – Gleemer MP3
15. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Everywhere With Helicopter
16. The Pneurotics – I Am A Tree
17. Blitzen Trapper – Hot Freaks
Free Digital Companion
02. Gregg Yeti – Quality Of Armor
03. Western Civ – Goldheart Mountain Top Queen Directory
04. North Elementary – They’re Not Witches-Ex Supermodel
05. Marie Stella – Little Lines
06. Free Electric State – Weedking