Guided By Voices’ August By Cake is the one hundredth studio album that Robert Pollard has released since 1986’s Forever Since Breakfast.
August by Cake isn’t just a landmark release for its founding and only consistent member; it also serves as Guided by Voices’ first-ever double album. The 32 tracks were recorded with a new line-up featuring GBV regulars Doug Gillard (guitar) and Kevin March (drums), along with 2016 additions Mark Shue (bass) and Bobby Bare, Jr. (guitar).
The double album is an important format in Pollard’s own musical iconography, and he doesn’t take the form lightly — one reason he’s planned and abandoned several would-be GBV double albums in the past is his high regard for foundational works like Quadrophenia, the White Album, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, Daydream Nation, Zen Arcade, Double Nickels On the Dime — “defining records for these bands,” says Pollard. It’s important to him that August By Cake not just be a double album, but that it be a great one.