Tobin Sprout (of Guided By Voices)
TUE APR 25
Tobin Sprout, former guitarist / songwriter of indie-rock icons Guided By Voices, has a new album (his first in 7 years), The Universe And Me (Burger Records), out on January 27. The Universe and Me takes a deliberately primitive approach that focuses on feeling, as opposed to production. The result is a vague bridge between the ballads of psych-era Beatles, and the haunting vulnerability of Daniel Johnston’s Hi, How Are You?.
Sprout penned and sang GBV classics including 14 Cheerleader Coldfront, It’s Like Soul Man, Awful Bliss, Ester’s Day, To Remake The Young Flier and Islands (She Talks In Rainbows). Burger Records will also be reissuing Sprout’s out-of-print 1990s Matador solo albums, Carnival Boy and Moonflower Plastic. In 2017, Sprout will be performing throughout the US with his 4-piece band.
DTCV (PRONOUNCED "Detective") was born late at night at a party in the Hollywood Hills mansion of a film producer, where Lola G., French musician in the L.A. stoner/garage scene met novelist, screenwriter and guitarist James Greer. Uninterested in mingling with celebrities and bored with the dildo collection in the living room, Lola and James started a conversation about Super-Fuzz pedals and the imminent worldwide collapse of the capitalist paradigm and decided to form a band, named DTCV for willfully obscurantist reasons.
With both Lola and James as songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, DTCV quickly had enough songs to record several albums. A first EP, BASKET OF MASKS, was recorded in the Oakland warehouse of garage prodigy Greg Ashley (The Gris-Gris, King Khan), followed by the album HOWEVER STRANGE released on Burger Records in 2012.
After a year of touring, they released HILARIOUS HEAVEN (Xemu Records, 2013), an ambitious double album recorded by stoner legend Steve Kille of Dead Meadow. Later that year, a radical life change and desire to escape the domesticated world took them to the Mojave desert, where they settled in a Joshua Tree cabin and now live as desert hermits.
Desert life inspired the album UPTIME! which came out on Xemu and Lolipop Records (cassette) following THE EARLY YEAR, a comp of their early EPs/singles released by Mock Records in 2014.
In 2015, while listening to Clifton Chenier's French Zydeco and the Nouvelle-Vague-inspired Brian Jonestown Massacre album Musique de film imaginé, Lola felt an urge to write songs in her native tongue and the resulting album CONFUSION MODERNE was recorded with psych guru Joel Jerome. CONFUSION MODERNE is a mix of classic French pop, garage, 60s yé-yé, and DTCV's own signature post-punk inflections that the band likes to call "Françoise Hardy fronting Buzzcocks.".