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Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Canadian experimental music group / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Godspeed You! Black Emperor (sometimes abbreviated to GY!BE or Godspeed)[2][3] is a Canadian post-rock band which originated in Montreal, Quebec in 1994. The group releases recordings through Constellation, an independent record label also located in Montreal. After the release of their debut album in 1997, the group toured regularly from 1998 to 2003. Their second album, 2000's Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven, received critical acclaim and has been named as one of the best albums of the decade.[4] In 2003, the band announced an indefinite hiatus in order for members to pursue other musical interests. In the intervening period, the group was occasionally rumored to have broken up,[5][6] but finally reconvened for a tour which began in late 2010. Since reforming, they have released four more albums, the most recent being G_d's Pee at State's End! in April 2021.

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Godspeed You! Black Emperor performing live in Roadburn festival in 2018
Background information
Also known as
  • Godspeed You Black Emperor!
  • Godspeed
  • GY!BE
  • God's Pee
  • Pee'd Emp'ror
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres
Years active
  • 1994–2003
  • 2010–present
Labels
Members
Past members
  • Mark Littlefair
  • Thea Pratt
  • Bruce Cawdron
  • Norsola Johnson
  • Roger Tellier-Craig
  • Grayson Walker
  • Christophe
  • Peter Harry Hill
  • Fluffy Erskine
Websitebrainwashed.com/godspeed/
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The band has gained a dedicated cult following and remains very influential in the post-rock genre.[7][8][9][10] Their music, mainly instrumental in nature, has been noted for its contrasts between ambient soundscapes and chaotic crescendos; use of field recordings and spoken word monologues; and focus on dystopian, anarchist and anti-war themes. In September 2013, their fourth album and their comeback release after 10 years, 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!, won the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.

One of the band's best known songs, "East Hastings", from their 1997 album F♯ A♯ ∞, was used in the 2002 film 28 Days Later.[11] However, it does not appear on the film's soundtrack because the rights to the song could not be obtained.[12]