Formed in 1983, the Dayton, OH-based Guided by Voices has been in many ways a cult-status band – the sort of band beloved and admired by musicians and music journalists. And although the band has gone through a variety of lineup changes, one thing has remained – principal songwriter and insanely prolific, creative force Robert Pollard. Influenced by garage rock, psych rock, prog rock, and post punk, the band is best known for writing songs within the 2 minute range and generally lo-fi aesthetic.
In 2004, Guided by Voices broke up with various members focusing on solo projects and other work. In fact, Pollard released a number of solo albums himself. But in 2010, the 1993-1996 lineup reunited for Matador Records’ 21st Anniversary party, and followed that up with a national tour, and several new releases. Motivational Jumpsuit, the band’s forthcoming album is slated for a 2014 release, and “Littlest League Possible” is one of the first singles from the new effort. Buzzing in at forceful 2 minutes, the song’s lyrics ironically talk about being a big fish in a small pond. But man it kicks ass and shows that even as he gets further into middle age, Robert Pollard can still bring big power riffs.