Ground Control Touring Presents
Guided by Voices
Wavves, Surfer Blood, The Babies
North 12 and Bedford
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
Doors 3:00 PM / Show 4:00 PM
This event is all ages
Guided by Voices
After breaking up Guided By Voices in 2004, Robert Pollard recently reunited the "classic" GBV line-up for a short tour. Tobin Sprout (guitar) Charles "Mitch" Mitchell (guitar), Greg Demos (bass) and Kevin Fennel (drums) will be joining Pollard on classic GBV songs from 1992-1996 from the albums Propeller, Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes and Under The Bushes, Under The Stars.
Since GBV's breakup, their 1994 album Bee Thousand was heralded by Amazon.com at the top of their list (#1) of the "100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums Of All Time" and Spin magazine picked the record as #26 in the "Top Records of the Past 25 Years."
"If Matador at 21 were a game, Guided by Voices would've won -- they earned the most encores, the most fist pumping, the most singalongs, the most pushing against the stage and the most chanting of the whole weekend." - L.A Times
"Guided By Voices capped the (Matador) weekend with an amazing high-energy set..." - Rolling Stone
"Pollard's hooks have always ranked among rock's best." - Wall Street Jourmal
"Since late 2008 or so, Pollard has enjoyed a late-career renaissance, consistently rewarding those of us still paying attenion." - Pitchfork
Call it a surf rock revival, Wavves is a band that is not only riding the current wave, but perhaps leading the pack. With three albums in three years, Wavves have evolved from a grungy, distorted noise pop band, to a full fledged act with depth and style. On their most recent, King of the Beach, there are hard hitting singalongs such as “Post Acid,” mellow melodies like “When Will You Come,” and everything in between. In just 36.9 minutes the record plays out as a great BBQ soundtrack for the upcoming summer days.
When you think of Palm Beach, Florida, what comes to mind? Palm trees swaying gently in the balmy breeze? Scantily-clad bikini buxom babes rollerblading down an infinite slab of coral-colored concrete? How about anthemic, bombastic, life-affirming indie pop? If the latter didn't occur to you, let us introduce you to Surfer Blood: they call West Palm Beach home and, while still in their early 20s, have penned an album worth of catchy, summery indie songs that even the most hook-laden power pop band would rightfully be jealous of.
In the winter of early 2008, Kevin Morby moved into Cassie Ramoneʼs small apartment in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, for a few months. Kevin, who plays bass in Woods, and Cassie, who sings and plays guitar in Vivian Girls, wanted to start a band. They both missed the sweaty loft shows they used to play before their bands moved on to larger venues and longer tours. So they wrote some songs on acoustic guitars and casually talked about playing some house parties.
The next winter, when both Woods and Vivian Girls had a longer-than-usual break from touring, they came back to their idea. Justin Sullivan, who had played with Cassie in Bossy, began practicing with them on drums, and the Babies debuted in March 2009.
The Babies’ songs are roughed up jewels that come from the same cloth as Hazlewood/Sinatra, VU/Nico, Pisces/Linda Bruner & other dream marriages.