Godspeed You Black Emperor have announced their split.
The Montreal post-rock innovators have called it a day, but not for the reasons of 'musical differences' cited by many retiring bands.
Instead, founder Efrin Menuck declared that the band had become untenable due to "an existential freakout" relating to the Iraq war.
Menuck told Drownedinsound: "The last American tour that Godspeed did was in the run up to the current war in Iraq. For what Godspeed did, it was very difficult for us to work out a way to communicate directly with the audience about what was going on."
He continued: "We could talk to people after the shows, or we could make announcements from the stage, but so much what Godspeed was, was one-way communication, and I had an existential freakout about that, that those tactics aren't valid anymore.
"People didn't need a rock band pointing in the direction of (how the world was at that point). Maybe what they needed is some clumsy words, a presentation that was a little more human."
It's a shame to hear, but on the other hand, A Silver Mt Zion, which Efrin fronts, is scheduled to release a new album in March, so there'll still be music (and I think I would be more bummed if A Silver Mt Zion stopped putting out music, myself).
However, I am still bummed, as they did good stuff. The last album they put out was a little weak, in my opinion, but that's how it goes. Below, however, is a video someone made using the start of 'Dead Flag Blues', and it's really superb and atmospheric. If you've never heard the band, this here is a nice place to start. If you have, then this video really does capture the feel of the song, if you ask me.