Label: TVT Records - D12983 • Format: CD EP, Limited Edition • Country: Australia & New Zealand • Genre: Rock • Style: Lo-Fi, Indie Rock
We all know the legend: before Bob Pollard became a full-time musician, he was Our Legions Fight Religions - Haereticus - Our Legions Fight Religions fourth grade English teacher.
In fact, he once had his students color in the cover art for Guided by Voices' Propeller album. So, in keeping with the tradition of Pollard Hold On Hope - Guided By Voices - Hold On Hope EP the youth in the ways of rock, Pitchfork proudly presents: The Bob Pollard Guide to Writing and Performing Music :.
There's no Moving - Various - Satyr Demons thing as a throwaway People love records. The more records you put out, the more people will like you. Naturally, this means writing as many songs as you can.
I recommend setting up a tape recorder, taking in a pack of Michelob, noodling around on your guitar, and then waking up a few days later and listening to what you did. This invariably produces good songs. Never use the same band twice This is a big one. Bands are like beers. Once you've been through one, you want another. And another. And you can't drink Bud all the time. Sometimes you have to switch it up. Go with a Guinness or a Harp. Maybe a Rolling Rock once in a while.
Remember Zima? I liked a Zima now and again, but I have to say, a nice, warm Sam Adams tops 'em all. Oh, and never use bands from outside of your own state. Words are alright, and more importantly, necessary I never thought there were enough words in rock music.
I recommend picking at least two unrelated words and stringing them together. Then write a song about it. Some possibilities: "telephone hazings", "Everest imaging", "fraternal nightingale Hey, if you get really good at it, you can even try alliterating a bit: like "robotic reasons" or "the fantastic frying football fillet. Re-use songs This is cool. Sometimes a song is so good, you can't release it Hold On Hope - Guided By Voices - Hold On Hope EP once.
Also, sometimes you might be too drunk to remember which songs you've already released. Like this one time when I was recording this song with Doug Easley or someone, and we were just knocking 'em back. Anyway, it was like three in the morning, and the well ran dry. All we needed was just maybe another half a beer between us and this song would turn out awesome. So we dug around in my fridge and we found this old, stale open can of Pabst from probably like six months earlier.
And I just figured the alcohol had evaporated, but Doug found it had kind of fermented into this really potent, sickeningly sweet, weird beer. Anyway, we finished it off, and it was sick as hell, but we definitely thought it was stronger than Everclear. We were just on the floor, trying to finish this song.
Anyway, shit happened and Hold On Hope - Guided By Voices - Hold On Hope EP got the song done, and we realized after we put it out that it was just "Kicker of Elves" played faster. Friends, I'm gonna level with you: there was a time when Pollard could pull songs out of his ass that most songwriters would spend their lives trying to compose.
But, as Do the Collapse demonstrated, those days appear over. The band's new nine-song EP, Hold on Hopewhich consists mostly of outtakes from Do the Collapseis more of the same over-produced junk Pollard just can't stop himself from releasing these days.
And while Ric Ocasek's production is, in Pollard's words, "slick as snails," the glossy coating can't hide the fact that Pollard's on the verge of losing his muse. The only really worthwhile track on this EP is "Tropical Robots", a second acoustic ballad that harkens back to the good old days of GBV when UFOs were hardcore, demons were real, and blimps went Funny thing is, all of these outtakes are better than the actual album cut, the sugary-sweet "Hold on Hope".
Note to Bob: we all liked it La Calunnia E Un Venticello - Rossini* / Vittorio Gui / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* / Glyndebourn when your lyrics were whimsical and absurd instead of trite and infuriatingly dull. Skip to content Search query All Results. Pitchfork is the most trusted voice in music.
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