'Godspeed You! Black Emperor', Dürer Kert Budapest, 21 April

  • 11 Feb 2024 10:04 AM
'Godspeed You! Black Emperor',  Dürer Kert Budapest, 21 April
Godspeed You! Black Emperor, often abbreviated as GY!BE or Godspeed, originated in Montreal, Quebec, in 1994, and is a notable Canadian post-rock band.

They release their music through Constellation, an independent record label based in Montreal. Following the debut of their album F♯ A♯ ∞ in 1997, the band embarked on regular tours from 1998 to 2003. Their second album, Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven (2000), received widespread acclaim and is recognized as one of the standout albums of the decade.

The subsequent release, Yanqui U.X.O., came in 2002. Taking a hiatus in 2003, members pursued other musical endeavors, leading to occasional breakup rumors. However, the band regrouped in 2010.

Since then, they've produced four more albums: 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! (2012), which earned them the 2013 Polaris Music Prize; Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress (2015); Luciferian Towers (2017); and G_d's Pee at State's End! (2021).

With a devoted cult following and a significant influence in the post-rock genre, Godspeed You! Black Emperor is recognized for their mainly instrumental compositions characterized by contrasts between ambient soundscapes and intense crescendos.

They incorporate field recordings and spoken word monologues while focusing on dystopian, anarchist, and anti-war themes. Various members have ventured into side projects, such as Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, Fly Pan Am, HṚṢṬA, Esmerine, and Set Fire to Flames.

Notably, their track "East Hastings" from the 1997 album F♯ A♯ ∞ gained recognition when featured in the 2002 film 28 Days Later, despite not appearing on the film's soundtrack due to rights issues.

In early March 2021, the band announced its seventh album, G_d's Pee at State's End! through Constellation Records. 

In February 2022, a copy of All Lights Fucked on the Hairy Amp Drooling was posted to 4chan's music board.

The band eventually uploaded the full audio of the tape to its official Bandcamp page on February 14.


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