GBV fans, make yourselves known! I don't think I know anyone in real life who appreciates them. Perhaps they've never heard of them. To the newbie GBV fan, I guess it can be a daunting prospect, given the sheer size of their output and Bob's solo stuff, let alone side projects. I got properly into GBV I guess mid 2000's. I'm a 90s kid and always loved US alternative type stuff (Pavement, Built To Spill, Afghan Whigs, Sebadoh, etc) but GBV simply weren't on my radar. My first exposure was hearing Teenage FBI on the radio and picking up Do The Collapse. At the time I thought it was just an ok indie rock album, with a few great songs and a lot that didn't do anything for me. I still think this now really. Anyway, I didn't like it enough at the time to explore the band further. Then, over the next couple of years I realised that I kept seeing the likes of Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes pop up in 'albums of the decade' lists that I'd read so made a mental note to pick up the first album I saw of theirs. Soon after I found Under The Bushes, Under The Stars (with Tigerbomb EP bonus disc) in Vinyl Exchange in Manchester. I instantly loved it and was hooked. I then proceeded to hunt down as many GBV releases as I could find, then when I had most of them, it was onto tracking down Robert Pollard's solo albums. I've also picked up side project stuff along the way though they are harder to find over here. My username is my homage to one of Pollard’s obscure classics. How I would have loved Pop Zeus to have been on Do The Collapse with matching production! Last summer I played through every GBV album I have a couple of times each as I wanted to make a CD of my faves to play in the car. I ended up with about 60 songs spread over 2 CDs and even then there were songs I hated leaving out. I'll post the playlist later, man did I play those songs to death last summer. This year I'm gonna do the same with RP solo stuff. The risk / reward aspect of GBV & RP releases can be infuriating, but trawling through them to find your fave songs is all part of the fun of being a GBV fan. Personally I think it’s an exciting time to be a GBV fan. I love the current lineup with Doug Gillard back in the band. The last 3 albums have been excellent. How Do You Spell Heaven in particular, for the songs and production quality. August By Cake’s production is not as good, it’s a bit muddy in places, not enough clarity, on some songs it’s like a blanket has been thrown over the drum kit. Otherwise still enjoyable and a good variety of songs written by all band members. Space Gun is great too, especially the title track. What do you think of the recent albums? A lot for GBV fans to look forward to in 2019. . . Zeppelin Over China, double album in Feb Warp & Woof (four EPs bundled together as an album, two of which already came out, other two to follow in March, vinyl only I think, despite initial announcement mentioning CD) in April Rise of the Ants album in Oct (initially announced as Street Party) GBV! GBV!