There's a whole lotta bands in the history of rock. And there is an equal lot of cover bands emulating their rock and roll heroes. In the case of The Guided By The Voices, the live shows were such an essential part of the Geebs experience. So it's no wonder that a crop of amazing GBV tribute bands have sprouted up over the last few years.
One of my personal favorites are the mighty Heedonists
, spawned from the GBV message board Disarm The Settlers
(and the heed of The Heed) for the sole purpose of playing Heedfest I
. And they brought the rock with authority. Ever since, the Heedonists have been in high demand- playing both Bob Pollard's 50th birthday party and a GBV tribute night at Southgate House in Cincinnati. Equally brilliant are the lovely Canadian ladies of The Girl Guides
(links for all these bands with music clips, tour dates, etc. will be permanently housed in the links over there --->)
But there's a special place in my heart for Chicago's own Textbook Committee
. Had a blast hanging out in teh windy city with Andrew and TTC for their November '07 gig opening for Pollard. Then I shared an equally harrowing and hilarious van pool with the band through a blizzard down to Bob's Southgate House show (Karl Malone and Sam Malone, maligned).
This winter, Blob Pollard (or Tobin Stout) and The Textbook Committee have been on tour, melting faces in Newport, KY (with The Heedonists et al at the aforementioned GBV tribute night), Brooklyn (with Doug Gillard!) and Minneapolis (with The Girl Guides and John Sellers
). Wish I could have gotten the word out about those amazing shows sooner. Alas, my life took an unexpected turn a month and a half ago (more on this later).
But its not too late for the final show on their home ice in Chicago this very Saturday (3/29)! Here's Andrew with the good word...
Resuming their roles as “Shitty Guided By Voices”, The Textbook Committee will embark on some serious freedom cruising around the Eastern half of the United States as the 2008 edition of the Electrifying Delusion tour comes your way.
Sat. 3/29/08 – Chicago, IL
The Textbook Committee
Tom Daily and the Volunteers
9:00 p.m. / Ages 21+
1565 N. Milwaukee Ave.
U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!