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    Unhappy Godspeed Done

    According to NME.com

    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."

    But Menuck hinted that personal issues between the members also played a part in the decision to split: "On a personal level I now find (Godspeed) to be inappropriate. There's a complicated back story. I reached a point whereby I was no longer willing to contribute to the steering of the ship; it was like, 'Okay now, someone else point the direction, I love you all, but I need to ride shotgun for a while'. I think that bands do have a short shelf life."

    Godspeed You Black Emperor formed in 1994 and released six albums and EPs, culminating in 2004's 'Tiny Little Hammers'. Since when they have been on 'indefinite hiatus'.

    I know NME is notorious for inaccurate stories, but figured I'd post this anyway.
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    i mean...A Silver Mt. Zion is going strong...who knows what'll happen. I feel like Efrim's getting his point across with ASMZ, definitely at the shows I've been too. Though sometimes it seems as though he's kind of jaded when it comes to politics, not so much social issues.

    He once wanted people to say something meaningful. This kid said something about "corrupt gov't blah blah blah" and Efrim just said, "nnnaaaah." Then someone mentioned protesting some white supremacist thing and he was more excited about that. I guess Godspeed was more about the big picture and ASMZ is more about localized issues.

    I dunno, that's just my take

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    I thought this thread said "Godspeed Dome" and that the dome wasn't gonna be back at Coachella this year. I guess I would have been as indifferent about that as this band's split. Why did I click on this thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tylerdurden31 View Post
    i mean...A Silver Mt. Zion is going strong...who knows what'll happen. I feel like Efrim's getting his point across with ASMZ, definitely at the shows I've been too. Though sometimes it seems as though he's kind of jaded when it comes to politics, not so much social issues.

    He once wanted people to say something meaningful. This kid said something about "corrupt gov't blah blah blah" and Efrim just said, "nnnaaaah." Then someone mentioned protesting some white supremacist thing and he was more excited about that. I guess Godspeed was more about the big picture and ASMZ is more about localized issues.

    I dunno, that's just my take
    This just sucks. I hate when artists and musicians think it's their job to tell people about their political views and what the consumer should be doing about certain things. Isn't that just as bad if not worse than those/that they bitch about.
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    god damnit....and I never got the chance to see them live....
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    Quote Originally Posted by gratytrainridesagain View Post
    This just sucks. I hate when artists and musicians think it's their job to tell people about their political views and what the consumer should be doing about certain things. Isn't that just as bad if not worse than those/that they bitch about.
    i think they were more about getting people to think...at least at shows. Someone yelling "the gov't is corrupt" is like yelling "the sky's blue." There's no point, especially at a show like that of saying that. We all know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeamCoachellaHellYeah View Post
    god damnit....and I never got the chance to see them live....
    Same here, and they're my favorite band. A sad day indeed.

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    i thought they've been done for awhile now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by summerkid View Post
    i thought they've been done for awhile now.
    Ditto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by summerkid View Post
    i thought they've been done for awhile now.
    It was a hiatus, and there was always hope from fans that they would regroup eventually and give us another tour and the proper recordings of Albanian and Gamelan. Heh hope...


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    Hope lives! They are not "done". It's just highly unlikely due to the current political climate. Here's the primary source of the interview:

    http://www.drownedinsound.com/articles/2909075

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    Default Re: Godspeed Done

    So will they reunite when (if) the war in Iraq ends?

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    Quote Originally Posted by noisemachine View Post
    So will they reunite when (if) the war in Iraq ends?
    A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for Godspeed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpharuin View Post
    A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for Godspeed!
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    A Silver Mt Zion > Godspeed

    It's becoming more and more true as ASMZ has more albums released.
    *based upon tedious fact checking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorkfish View Post
    A Silver Mt Zion > Godspeed

    It's becoming more and more true as ASMZ has more albums released.

    Apples > Oranges

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    I agree.
    *based upon tedious fact checking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpharuin View Post
    Hope lives! They are not "done". It's just highly unlikely due to the current political climate. Here's the primary source of the interview:

    http://www.drownedinsound.com/articles/2909075

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    whew, thanks i threw up in my mouth a little reading the first post

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    I'm sure you all saw it today, but Efrim told Pitchfork GY!BE is still on hiatus.

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