“Littlest League Possible,” off Guided By Voices‘ upcoming album Motivational Jumpsuit, is short, vigorous and open to interpretation. An energetic guitar buzzes in the foreground while a violent drum kit builds and Pollard drawls, “Gonna have a lot of fun/ Gonna hit a home run/ In the littlest league possible.” As with many GBV tracks, the song ends in just over a minute.
As frontman Robert Pollard told Rolling Stone recently, the song was a metaphor about his lack of desire to compete with other bands. “No competition, no pressure, no rules. The way I do things now is an absolute blast,” he said. “I think one earns it when entering one’s golden years. It also means that you don’t necessarily have to act your age.”
Indeed, Pollard is releasing albums at the rate of a man half his age. Motivational Jumpsuit is just the latest offering following GBV’s English Little League LP in April, a solo Pollard album called Honey Locust Honky Tonk in July, two albums by his experimental project Circus Devils in October and another solo LP called Blazing Gentlemen due on December 9th.
Motivational Jumpsuit is out February 18th on Guided By Voices Inc. in North America, and Fire Records overseas.