DTCV & Guided by Voices at the Teragram Ballroom

DTCV and Guided by Voices rocked out the Teragram Ballroom in downtown LA! Check out my concert review HERE.

 Guided by Voices perform at the Teragram Ballroom. Photo by Jessica Klausing

Guided by Voices perform at the Teragram Ballroom. Photo by Jessica Klausing

Guided by Voices may require a second listen. You'll notice that most of the songs are short or end abruptly with poor sound quality. Robert Pollard records his music like this on purpose. The band might not seem like much other than some bizarre experimentalists upon first listen.

I encourage everyone to re-listen to them but more closely. Pollard gets to the heart of the message instantly. No industry filler. No over-the-top lyrical metaphors. No bullshit. He just simply spits it out. The sound is heavily influenced by British post-punk and psychedelic rock. Pollard's work is a surrealist art form. He's brash with no interest to fit into the cookie cutter mold of rock perfection. Thankfully we still have a rebel in the music industry!

"Window Of My World" from Half Smiles Of The Decomposed is my favorite Guided by Voices song. Not all of their music is quirky and loud. Some of them have beautiful compositions. This band deserves a listen.