WW: What's the biggest sacrifice you've made for the band?
Bob Pollard: I got divorced. That wasn't intentional. That's not what I wanted. It got to the point where it was either going to be family life--going home and sitting on the porch or whatever--or continuing to be serious about Guided by Voices. Like I said, it's not something I wanted, but it's something that had to give.
Do you regret that?
I would have had to keep GBV. That was something that was not going to give. I couldn't give it up when there was no attention. So once there became people interested and a growing legion of people that were obsessive about Guided by Voices--including myself--it was something I was not going to give up. I guess I could have salvaged my marriage if I would have said, "I'm giving up Guided by Voices," but it was something I couldn't do.
At what point did you come to the realization that maybe GBV should call it a day?
I didn't have any intention of breaking up the band going into working on the album. That decision was made afterwards. We did the record, and I was really happy with it. I thought it turned out really good. There is just this kind of melancholy, kind of bittersweet feel about the record itself and the way it was done. I just thought, "This sounds like a good one to end it on." Coupled with the fact that, after it was done, I found all these old songs that were really cool and I wrote all these new songs and I recorded a double-album solo record that I didn't want to see pushed aside. This is 15 albums. It's a good time to move on to something else. There are some people coming up to me and saying, "Oh, thank you for all the years of inspiration, and we're going to be so sad when you're gone." I'm not gone. I'm not dead yet.
Guided by Voices plays with the Joggers Monday and with the Thermals Tuesday, Nov. 15-16. Both shows at Berbati's Pan, 231 SW Ankeny St., 248-4579. 10 pm. $16 advance. 21+.