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Godspeed You Black Emperor Done

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.



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Feb. 11th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
Wow, that's beautiful. Who made that? And is the monologue lyrics, or something else?
Feb. 11th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
dunno. i just found it on youtube, so whoever put the video, i guess.

the monologue is part of the song, yeah. godspeed doesn't use lyrics int he conventional sense, just bits of monologues and dialoges. they didn't use it in the last album, which is perhaps why i found it somewhat not to my taste as much.
Feb. 11th, 2008 11:02 am (UTC)
Any idea as to where they got the monolegue from? Did they record it themselves or is it part of something else all together? I've been never been able to tell myself, but am quite curious.

Feb. 11th, 2008 11:29 am (UTC)
it's apparently part of a film that efrim wrote, but never made.
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Feb. 11th, 2008 11:28 am (UTC)
and then we all die.
Feb. 11th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
Drats. I guess that if it had to come to this, it's rather fitting as to why. This make them the one band I did get to see before they split. Unlike the Ramones, or the Pogues (who didn't get split up but lost their edge when they had to fire Shane McGowan). I must say it was quite an experience.

Feb. 11th, 2008 11:28 am (UTC)
yeah? i got envy. i never saw them perform, but i heard they were pretty cool.
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