Guided by Voices (often abbreviated as GBV) is an American indie rock band from Dayton, Ohio. It has made frequent personnel changes but always maintained the presence of principal songwriter Robert Pollard.
Noted at first for its lo-fi aesthetic and typically Portastudio four-tracks-to-cassette production methods, Guided by Voices' music reveals influences from postBritish Invasion garage rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, punk rock and post-punk. The band has also garnered much attention for its prolific output, releasing 24 full-length albums since its formation, and countless other releases, such as EPs and singles. Most songs are in the two-minute range, but many are even shorter; often they end abruptly or are intertwined with odd and homemade sound effects.
Guided by Voices initially disbanded in 2004, but in 2010 the "classic lineup" reunited to perform at Matador Records 21st anniversary party, subsequently touring and releasing six new albums. GBV broke up a second time in late 2014, but Pollard again rebooted the band with a new album and a new lineup in February 2016. The band's most recent album, August by Cake, was issued in April 2017.