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Godspeed You Black Emperor!

The instrumental multimedia Montreal group Godspeed You! Black Emperor create extended, repetition-oriented chamber rock. The minimal and patient builds-to-crescendo of the group's compositions results in a meditative and hypnotic listen that becomes almost narrative when combined with found-sound splices and the films of their visual collaborators.

GY!BE formed in 1994, and that year self-released a limited-run (33 copies) cassette entitled All Lights F**ked on the Hairy Amp Drooling. The band's next recording, F#A#(Infinity), was initially a limited-run release of 550 LPs on the Canadian label Constellation, but was picked up by Kranky and released on CD as well. Early 1999 brought the EP Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada (released by both labels) and increased recognition for a band intent on retaining anonymity. Nevertheless, interest in GY!BE only continued to grow among new music fans, with much positive attention from The Wire magazine, the band's participation in the John Peel-produced Peel Session for the London BBC, and the group's consistently impressive live shows, including their performance at Quebec's 1999 new music festival FIMAV and a tour with Labradford later that year.

GY!BE performances generally include at least nine or more musicians and a projectionist. The instrumentation consists of three guitars, two basses, French horn, violin, viola, cello, and percussion. The year 2000 brought about the release of Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven, pushing their diverse orchestral rock sound even further into the universe. Yanqui U.X.O. followed in 2002. GY!BE remained in absentia until they reassembled for a tour in 2010. Another tour commenced in September of 2012 with stops at both the Pitchfork and All Tomorrow's Parties festivals of that year. In October, GY!BE announced 'ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND!, their first recording in a decade, a mere two weeks before it was released. Drummer Tim Herzog replaced Bruce Cawdron around this time and GY!BE played sporadically for much of the next two years as they worked on their sixth album between late 2013 and 2014. Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress was recorded in Montreal and North Carolina; it marked the band's first single LP-length release since 1999. Recorded and mixed by Greg Norman, it was issued in the spring of 2015. ~ Joslyn Layne, Rovi
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Most beautiful band I've ever came across of.
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skullduggery , they declined the award. from wikipedia:In 2013 the band won the Polaris Music Prize, but they criticised the cost of the ceremony during the time of austerity, stating maybe the next celebration should happen in a cruddier hall, without the corporate banners and culture overlord
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Rockets Fall On Rocket Falls - epic
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Man.......to o damn good, sad Mafioso is their best, and Moya is pretty good too
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wardjeffe what did they do with thier music award?
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Just discovered these guys, simply amazing!
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callofduty4_ 9 3
Got the vinyl for Adba and never plan to open it.
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This band always comes up with music worth listening to. No paint-by-num b e r s music here! Love what they did with their music award.....
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Ghgvb
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Don't have time for a twenty minute song right now.
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Every one of the musicians have created so much great music, rooting from this awesome band.
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mystery8
I don't know exactly what they do differently from other bands...but whatever it is takes them to a unique level. Absolutely fantastic.
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Everything these guys have written is just godly.
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I thank God there is something still out there for me, regardless of all the rest....
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'ALLELUJAH
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Best instrumental band ever. Just great.
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Best instrumental band I've ever heard. Amon my top ten favorite artists
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elrod696
Curious addiction, the emotion they pour into their music is beautifully haunting and makes me want to crawl to the back of my closet and whimper for the rest of the day but I keep coming back for more...
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The only unfortunate thing about this band is that nothing will ever compare to how ridiculously beautiful its music is. I listen to F#A# infinity symbol over and over but i find myself falling more in love with it each time
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jessedphilli p s
The packacing for F#A# Infinity is great. I remember buying it and the enjoyment of discovery upon opening it.

http://en.wi k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / F % E 2 % 9 9 % A F _ A % E 2 % 9 9 % A F _ % E 2 % 8 8 % 9 E # P a c k a g i n g
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Absolutely love these musicians (so that would include Esmerine). And I completely support their story.
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kacelj
I cannot tell you how much I love Skinny Fists. It is and will always be in my top 10 albums of all time. Such beauty and a musical journey. Those who haven't heard it are losing out big time.
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MUSICAL GODS
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a first for me let the tune play 9 15 00 and was ready to press the not like button but no and i loved it lucky for me
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@Tyler During the band's older years, the name was punctuated Godspeed You Black Emperor! Now the name is punctuated Godspeed You! Black Emperor
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It's actually Godspeed You! Black Emperor. You have the "!" in the wrong spot.
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instrumental a r y , m y dear watson - instrumental a r y !
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i have no idea what angel of anarchy is talking about, but it seems like a bunch of herp-a-derp.
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Been a fan for 10 years and missed seeing them play in Seattle back then. Got my chance a couple of nights ago. Holy s**t, this band is amazing. One of the only bands in the last ten years that I can listen to regularly and not tire of the sounds. WOW!
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beautifully composed and masterfully crafted.
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im much dumber than 328-but this is music for smarty pantz-like silver mt. zion and albini's pretentious, o b n o x i o u s , s p o i l e d brattish-big black.at least the band-OM- don't talk...
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328, got mine too!
I was introduced to GYBE about a year ago, and have fallen in love with their music since then. Cannot wait to see them live.
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Godspeed will always remain as one of the most original and creative musicians this world has ever seen.
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The greatest post-rock band ever.
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Instrumental = all instruments, no vocals.

Got my tickets in the mail to see them February 17th. 4 and a half months away, but the tickets sold out in 2-3 days so im glad I picked them up when I did. Can't wait.
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joeatstarbuc k s
What does instrumental mean?
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leongmilt
these guys are unique
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this site suck
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Peace, Love and Lots'a Ammo!
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"P.S. I'm pretty sure the whole band is against the internet you should be too! Read a BOOK!!!"

It's ironic when people are basically saying to get off the internet, while they're on the internet, telling you to get off the internet..Lo v e it.
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lol?
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im in love with tristancloy
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99.maic
Does anyone have ALFOTHAD? lol
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99.maic
I love these silent little moments before the storm.
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tristancloy
Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.
Henry Miller

Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood.
Henry Miller

Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
Henry Miller
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simply gorgeous vibes
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Part of the song East Hastings was on the movie 28 days later and it was absolutly amazing. Besides that I love GYBE.
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danhollis695
Everyone should check out Silver Mt. Zion(except The BRainS I guess?) they are continuing this sound with tastful vocals and wonderful guitar riffs.. there are so many off shoots to this band, and they are all as GREAT as GYBE!!! Word P.S. I'm pretty sure the whole band is against the internet you should be too! Read a BOOK!!!
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As a long time fan and listener I'm wondering where you're getting this information.
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crazyclownn
they broke up because of the war in iraq
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