Last night, I had the Distinct pleasure to see Ohio’s own indie rock legends Guided By Voices LIVE in concert at Skully’s Music diner. Even though they’re originally from Dayton, Bob Pollard and his crew treated this set as a “Hometown Show” playing to a sold out crowd to get a rare chance to see GBV Live.
Opening for GBV was another Acronym heavy band called DTCV. Their post punky riffs lend very similarly stylistically to Guided By Voices’ signature Lo-Fi sound, which is probably why this group has toured both with GBV proper and former Voices member Tobin Sprout. DTCV also featured two members from Columbus, including local scene favorite Kyle Sowalsh on bass.
After DTCV Ripped up the stage with a fantastic set, fans waited for a good 40 minutes before GBV took the stage. Entering in pitch black to the stage, the band began a MONSTEROUS set, spanning over 2 hours with a setlist (pictured below) as jam packed as ever. Bob Pollard and the boys played songs off their new record (which we play here at WXCU) called August By Cake, Hits and rarities from the humongous GBV Catalog (Their newest record is Bob Pollard’s 100th album he’s wrote / released to date!), and songs from various side projects between Pollard and other members of the current GBV Lineup.
They closed the set with an incredible 8-9 song encore, including GBV faves like “Teenage FBI” and a cover of the Who’s “Baba O’Reily”!! Friday Night’s set was truly a chance to witness Indie Rock History in Columbus Ohio.