Jeff Gomez: Zeppelin Over Dayton – book review

Zeppelin Over Dayton by Jeff Gomez Out Now (Jawbone Press) In his new book, Jeff Gomez breaks down the discography of one of the most prolific cult bands of all time: Guided By Voices. Elliott Simpson reviews. When you decide to get into an artist, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start. […] The post Jeff Gomez: Zeppelin Over Dayton – book review appeared first on Louder Than War.

Jeff Gomez: Zeppelin Over Dayton – book review

Zeppelin Over Dayton by Jeff Gomez

Out Now

(Jawbone Press)

In his new book, Jeff Gomez breaks down the discography of one of the most prolific cult bands of all time: Guided By Voices. Elliott Simpson reviews.

When you decide to get into an artist, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start. And it’s especially true for Guided By Voices.

Three and a half decades deep into their career, the band have a total of 29 albums to their name, as well a couple of dozen EPs and standalone singles. Not only that, but frontman Robert Pollard has also released more than a hundred albums and EPs under various side-projects. It’s the sheer wealth of content that makes penetrating the world of GBV such a daunting task.

With Zeppelin Over Dayton, Jeff Gomez attempts to make things just that little bit less daunting. The book serves as a guide to the cult band’s discography, acting as a bridge between the world of GBV and us outsiders.

The book is structured as an album by album guide, with each of the band’s first 28 albums receiving its own chapter. Gomez explores the context surrounding each album’s release, where it fits into the band’s overall story and breaks down each track individually. Given how much music the band have put out, many of their albums featuring over 20 songs, it’s a herculean task and clearly the work of a huge fan.

The album by album format makes Zeppelin Over Dayton the perfect reading companion when listening through a Guided By Voices album. The added context assists in making the ever-cryptic Pollard that little bit easier to understand.

It’s also worth noting that Gomez’s approach when discussing each album is pretty unabashedly opinionated. Whether this is a good or bad thing depends on what you’re looking for from the book – and it’s likely that you’ll disagree with his opinions from time to time. However, it definitely helps to give Zeppelin Over Dayton some colour.

In addition to functioning as an album by album guide, the book can also be read as a band biography. Using the albums as tentpoles in the Guided By Voices story, Gomez explores the full history of the band, focusing primarily around Pollard.

From the early days, when album recordings took place in Pollard basement, through to the band’s eventual breakthrough and cult status, it provides a helpful overview. Additionally, certain albums are a lot easier to appreciate in the context surrounding their inception – such as the abrasively lo-fi Vampire On Titus.

If Zeppelin Over Dayton falters at all, it’s because it’s trying to be two different books. It doesn’t quite work as a comprehensive guide to Guided By Voices’ discography, missing out the aforementioned EPs and other non-album releases, and it doesn’t quite dig deep enough into the band’s story to work as a full biography.

Still, it serves as a great introduction to the world of the band. Whether you’ve been interested in digging into Guided By Voices’ discography for a while or would just like to learn more about their fascinating story, this is as good a starting place as any.

You can purchase the book on the Jawbone Press website.

All words by Elliott Simpson. You can find more writing by Elliott for Louder Than in his author’s archive and other work in his portfolio.

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WATCH THIS! The Lovey Eggs new single

Today sees the release of The Lovely Eggs brand new single ‘Long Stem Carnations’ via Egg Records. The track, taken from their number one selling album ‘I am Moron’, is released on limited-edition coloured 7” vinyl and backed by brand new B side ‘The Voyage’. The post WATCH THIS! The Lovey Eggs new single appeared first on Louder Than War.

WATCH THIS! The Lovey Eggs new  single

PSYCH-PUNK DUO THE LOVELY EGGS RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘LONG STEM CARNATIONS’ OUT TODAY VIA EGG RECORDS

WATCH THEIR HOMEMADE CLAYMATION VIDEO

UK DATES ANNOUNCED FOR FEBRUARY 2021

NUMBER ONE SELLING NEW ALBUM ‘I AM MORON’ OUT NOW!

Today sees the release of The Lovely Eggs brand new single ‘Long Stem Carnations’ via Egg Records. The track, taken from their number one selling album ‘I am Moron’, is released on limited-edition coloured 7” vinyl and backed by brand new B side ‘The Voyage’.

‘Long Stem Carnations’ was inspired by the Mars One programme, a global project which aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars.  Applicants are offered a one-way ticket- never to see earth again. This fascinated Lovely Eggs Holly and David who drew parallels between this mission and their own isolation as a band. ‘Long Stem Carnations’ is a funeral march for society’s outcasts and freaks. It’s an existential voyage in cosmic form. “Is there an internal self-destruct button that cannot be destroyed?” said Holly. “We are all the pilots of our own ship. You’ve just got to remember it’s important to try and hang on and see the mission through.”

For the video the ever-inventive duo used lockdown time wisely and creatively to handmake their own claymation video for ‘Long Stem Carnations’.

“We’ve been making the video for “Long Stem Carnations” ourselves at home over the last few months,” explains Holly. “It’s been a bit of a beast really. We love claymation and had done a bit of it in some of our previous videos, so we wanted to do something with animation. We forgot though that it just takes SO fucking long. And we had no idea it was going to turn out how it did. We started by doing some animation bits and then David got the idea to have our heads but animated versions. So, we made a plasticine mask to cover my face. We modelled it on the cut off head of a dummy and then transferred it to my face. It looked so freaky it was unreal and right there and then we knew the video was gunna take a drastic turn and we just followed it! We then decided that it would be a cool idea if I WAS the cut off dummy, cos the song is all about being cut off and isolation, so it was a perfect fit thematically. We then faced the task of actually figuring out how to film it and put it all together!! We are definitely not animators or video makers, so it was a big learning process that took two months to come to fruition. We also had our seven year old little boy at home with us throughout the whole process and if you can imagine making a claymation video out of plasticine with a 7 year old in the room, well I’m sure you can imagine!! But we’re glad it’s done and pleased how it turned out in its own freaky way. It’s for the big bunch of freaks out there who feel like they’re disconnected and out there on their own, but we’re all connected in some way. We’ve all just got to hang on for the ride!!! Long Stem Carnations forever!!”

Watch the video :

‘I am Moron’ was declared “Album of the Day” by BBC 6 Music and received critical acclaim from the national press. The Sunday Times called it “A Triumph”, ★★★★ “I am Moron is much cleverer than it would have you believe”- The Telegraph, ★★★★I Paper, 9/10- Louder Than War, “An act of fine calibration of noise and sweetness”- Q, “Packed with their observations of modern culture and the utter madness of the current world”- Sunday Mirror, Album of the month- Classic Rock, “Their Best Record Yet”- Long Live Vinyl, 8/10- Uncut, “Anarcho spirit dominates”- MOJO, “Excellent”- Brooklyn Vegan.

Despite all of this deserved praise and success, the band have obviously been gutted to not be able to play live throughout this period, and due to the on-going Coronavirus situation, have made the tough decision to cancel all scheduled live appearances this year and have focused their attentions and hopes on a UK tour in February 2021.

The Lovely Eggs are one of the most exciting, innovative and genuine bands of the Great British Underground. Welcome to their world. Welcome To Eggland!

Catch the band live at the following dates in February 2021:

Friday 5 Gorilla MANCHESTER (SOLD OUT)

Wed 10 The Bullingdon, OXFORD (Original show tickets still valid)

Thur 11 The Loft, SOUTHAMPTON (Original show tickets still valid)

Fri 12 SWX, BRISTOL (Venue change. Fleece show tickets still valid)

Sat 13 Concorde 2, BRIGHTON (Venue change. Komedia show tickets still valid) 

Sun 14 The Garage, LONDON (SOLD OUT)

Mon 15 Junction 2, CAMBRIDGE (Venue change. Portland Arms show tickets still valid)

Tues 16 Castle and Falcon, BIRMINGHAM (SOLD OUT)

Wed 17 O2 Academy, SHEFFIELD (Venue change. Network show tickets still valid)

Thurs 18 Metronome, NOTTINGHAM (New date announced!)

Fri 19 Phase One LIVERPOOL (New date announced!)

Sat 20 The Brudenell Social Club, LEEDS (SOLD OUT)

Thur 25 The Cluny, NEWCASTLE (Original show tickets still valid)

Friday 26 Stereo, GLASGOW (Venue change. CCA show tickets still valid)

Sat 27 The Mash House, EDINBURGH (Original show tickets still valid)

Sun 30 May O2 Ritz, MANCHESTER Bank Holiday Extravaganza with support from Phill Jupitus (Original show tickets still valid)

Fri 4 June Heaven, LONDON with support from Rob Auton (Original show tickets still valid)

Tickets available :

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