Guided by Voices announce new album, Surrender Your Poppy Field, and tour dates

Prolific outfit also shares the lead single "Volcano"

Guided by Voices Surrender Your Poppy Field New Album Tour Dates Volcano
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    A new year, a new Guided by Voices album. Fresh off a 100-song New Year’s Eve performance, Robert Pollard’s prolific alternative rock outfit has announced its first record of 2020, Surrender Your Poppy Field. The band has also shared the lead single, “Volcano”, and laid out a spring tour schedule.

    Spanning 15 tracks, Surrender Your Poppy Field is due out February 20th via Pollard’s own GBV Inc. It follows last year’s trio of releases: Zeppelin Over China, Warp and Woof, and Sweating the Plague. The effort’s title comes from a scene in The Wizard of Oz (in which “Surrender Dorothy” is written in the sky), as well as from one of GBV’s own past projects. As Pollard explained to Rolling Stone,

    “I think Wizard of Oz came to mind when it was first conceived. I did a five-song EP about four or five years ago under the name Sunflower Logic and we included a mock catalog for the label name we used, Pink Banana Records. In it there are 50 or 60 fake band names with titles for 45s, EPs albums and compilations and one of the songs was ‘Surrender Your Poppy Field’. It stuck and I decided to give it a real home on a Guided by Voices album.”

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    As a first listen to the LP, Guided by Voices have shared the lead single “Volcano”. It’s a slow-burning, scuzzy number that tears it open a third of the way through. Take a listen below, followed by the Surrender Your Poppy Field album art and tracklist. Be sure to stay tuned for more from Pollard’s project as the year continues, as he’s promised there’s already another completed record ready for release.


    In addition, GBV have unveiled a run of spring tour dates around their appearance at Shaky Knees Festival in May. Find their full itinerary ahead, and get tickets to all their upcoming shows here.


    Surrender Your Poppy Field Artwork:

    Guided by Voices Surrender your poppy field album cover artwork tickets tour

    Surrender Your Poppy Field Tracklist:
    01. Year of the Hard Hitter
    02. Volcano
    03. Queen Parking Lot
    04. Arthur Has Business Elsewhere
    05. Cul-de-Sac Kids
    06. Cat Beats a Drum
    07. Windjammer
    08. Steely Dodger
    09. Stone Cold Moron
    10. Physician
    11. Man Called Blunder
    12. Woah Nelly
    13. Andre the Hawk
    14. Always Gone
    15. Next Sea Level

    Guided by Voices 2020 Tour Dates:
    04/03 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
    04/04 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
    04/24 – Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest Cafe
    04/25 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
    05/01 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
    05/02 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
    05/08 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theater
    05/09 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency
    07/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Hall


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