Godspeed You Black Emperor! - Classic or Dud?

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I have never met anyone that dislikes GYBE! Either they love them or they havn't heard of them. Am I the only one that doesn't like them?

John Smith, Sunday, 11 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

it's really to early to say, isn't it? I would say "neither". I can't see them doing much beyond what they do now.

brent d., Monday, 12 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

mr. dicrescenzo, you also spend most of your time writing hyperbolic reviews touting records either horribly overrated or hyped to death. your opinion should mean little or nothing.

still though...they seem to be coming out with better music when not doing things that are gybe specific (i.e. do make say think, a silver mt. zion)...the new album is kinda blah..but whatever.

mac., Monday, 12 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Hey, lay off Brent. I think that his flair for controversy makes a fine addition to stew of voices here on I Love Music. Anyway, he's right. Neither so original enough as to lay claim to any formative influence on post-rock, similar enough to other independantly evolved bands that they can't claim a new sub-genre as their own, and without the style-hopping restlessness of genius minds too hyperactive to explore any area deeply. On the other hand, they found one thing to do, and do it consistantly well. Will be nomore than a footnote to musical history, and not tragically so.

Sterling Clover, Monday, 12 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I've been trying to think of anyone I know (offline or chat to regularly online) who *loves* GYBE, and I can't think of anyone. Josh maybe. This whole love-them-or-hate-them thing which people like to believe of their favourite bands is mostly nonsense, a point I think I made once about this very band. Most people who are into music, faced with GYBE, would do what most people do actually do, i.e. shrug and either sit it out or turn it off. It doesn't seize your attention enough to be loved and it's not extreme enough to be hated.

So, classic or dud? Uh. Mind you I did like the one piece of e-mail I got after the review I did, a GYBE fan (mark that) writing in to say "you take yourself too seriously".

Tom, Monday, 12 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I've said for a long while now that they are the post-rock Ramones. They have a sound and they do it -- good for what it is, not to be celebrated as anything more. What I've heard of the new album had such innovations as major keys, so I'm glad of that, but otherwise loved far too dearly by people who have never heard Swans' _Soundtracks for the Blind_, say. I still think the show I saw them do was one of the most tedious things around because *EVERYTHING FUCKING SOUNDED EXACTLY THE SAME*. Had they just done one long ninety-minute build-up fuck-off track, I would have been terribly impressed, but no...

Ned Raggett, Monday, 12 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I think that I would be impressed to see any live band do just one long ninety-minute build-up fuck-off track.

Sterling Clover, Monday, 12 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Have they finished tuning up yet? Hehehe

DG, Monday, 12 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

"Slow Riot..." was quite possibly the best EP of the '90s. Well, if you like 3 min pop songs you'll never make through it but still, it's excellent. Their last album is ways to pretentious and besides they've lost the "magic". Their first record was still immature, much like a scrapbook with a few doodles which were to become their trademark sound... All in all, they only made one excellent EP and a couple of good albums but I don't think this is enough to make a classic of them.

Simone, Monday, 12 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

you and i, tom, clearly move in different circles.

sundar subramanian, Monday, 12 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...
Wow, I guess I joined up after this one, I've seen a whole bar either mesmorized by them or driven out by them. Im sure I mentioned somewhere on this bitch my story of 'their trying to hit me in the ass witha metal pole' story so I wont get into it again. Very classic more for their circle they've built up around them then for their albums. F# A# being on par with Endtroducing or (shudder) Nevermind for giving a voice to something that was happening. Im biased as I view this album as a wakeup call to the Canadian music industry that was breaking up (Eric's Trip and more), or selling out fast (Treble Charger, Hayden).

Mr Noodles, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Not dud, but Not classic either. There's a couple of lovely moments but I could never stand to sit down and listen to them.

electric sound of jim, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

F# A# = Endtroducing -- Funny, I've always thought that, too. People call DJ Shadow a goth, but I've always heard him more as a post- rocker. Even before UNKLE.

Mark, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

And most postrockers weren't goth? Shadowy mood music with the lights down low, hmm...

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

God, you're right. What was I thinking?

Mark, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

they are FOCUS in crusty combats with cello bits so you will fall asleep if you miss your exit to the bar

bob snoom, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Nah, too boring to be goth. More like wannabe jazz junkies.

Dare, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

typical Pitchfork answer.

Mr Noodles, Tuesday, 15 January 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
So much has changed about my tastes in the past couple years. There was a time when I had no time for electric Miles or Boards of Canada, both of which I dearly love now. On the premise that Josh might be right about other things, and encouraged by hearing not-terrible things by Mogwai and Sigur Ros, I started thinking about maybe dipping a toe into the post-rock waters again. Since they seem so widely loved, and since I never heard anything that disgusted me as much as Tortoise or Rachel's had at other points (not having heard much at all), I gave F#A#oo a shot. My impressions after one listen a couple days ago:

- First of all, nothing repulses me. Nothing is unpleasant.
- The whole thing feels very much like it was structured as a film score of some sort. (So much post-rock always felt like it was trying to be a score for some public TV family drama! This kind of does too.) It makes sense that they apparently play with films.
- It's cool that they're trying to incorporate a wider range of instruments, including some more traditional folky kinds of sounds
- The moments that are more dense and textural without a beat are nice. However, they tend not to last for very long.
- Much of the rest of the album seems to consist of very slow simple melodic passages, some of it a long guitar solo, some of it a more folky thing with other instruments. These passages are sometimes pleasant but do feel extremely simplistic and perhaps limited in terms of both melody and rhythm, more so than almost any mainstream rock or pop music. The drummer maintains a totally even totally straight slow 4/4 'beat' throughout these passages. When there are tempo changes, they are performed at a totally even rate as to be completely predictable. The guitarist seems to tend to almost always play right on the beat, which is bizarre. This seems to contradict such a basic musical principle that it must be a conscious aesthetic choice but I don't understand what it is. This might possibly makes me similar to people who don't get why Indian music has no chord changes. Why a pulse is even introduced here with hardly any rhythmic tension is what I wonder. It is possible that it might make more sense with further listening but it just seems to make things almost totally predictable now. Like I said, not overtly offensive or even not-pleasant or anything, but it also fails to achieve much more than this. It seems like it has potential that it doesn't realize.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Monday, 6 October 2003 00:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

GYBE are a marvel. I have "Slow Riot...", "F#A#8" (cant do a damn infinity symbol) and just got "Yanqui UXO" last week, which is a little more meandering and doesn't-go-anywhere than the other two but still great.

It is a certain kind of music, and I find it interesting that some people say "I couldn't sit and listen to it". I guess that depends on what one looks for when putting on music to listen to. For me, GYBE is faboulous music to write, draw and even program to (well so my partner tells me). It is about immersing oneself in another place. The music moves through moods, peaks and troughs, shadows and light. It has some mindblowingly moving bursts of wall-of-noise guitar, and some beautifully melancholy quiet moments (fave quote from "Dead Flag Blues" - we're trapped in the belly of this horrible machine... and the machine is bleeding to death)

Uhh... yeah. I love them.

Trayce (trayce), Monday, 6 October 2003 01:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

DUD YOPU NBIOTCHBES!!!

POCXY FULE SEZ HEDHEGOF

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Monday, 6 October 2003 02:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The first GYBE album you hear is Classic. The third one you hear, and every one after that, is Dud.

Nick Mirov (nick), Monday, 6 October 2003 03:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(Perhaps unsurprisingly, this also holds true for every other post-rock one-trick pony.)

Nick Mirov (nick), Monday, 6 October 2003 03:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

have to be seen live to be really understood (blah blah blah....it's true though)

Elliot (Elliot), Monday, 6 October 2003 04:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This is true...as you'll note my saying above.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 6 October 2003 04:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The first GYBE album you hear is Classic. The third one you hear, and every one after that, is Dud.

Nick OTM

Search: First one (where is the hash key on a Mac?), Slow Riot For Zero Kanada

Destrrrrrrrroy: Levez..., Yanqui UXO

Ben Dot (1977), Monday, 6 October 2003 23:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Slow Riot is their best release; the first one lost my attention at various intervals (the carny-sounding parts). Saw them live once but the dirty three either outclassed them or were privy to more of my attention span.

sterling clover wrote:
I think that I would be impressed to see any live band do just one long ninety-minute build-up fuck-off track.

search: Physics -- a veritable who's who of san diego indie rock circa 1992 did this live several times, attempts at minimalism ("in E") and post-branca-isms.

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 6 October 2003 23:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I never really cared for them..a little too mid to late eighties pink floyd for me.

camazotz, Monday, 6 October 2003 23:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

search : the fuzzy sound collage bits, like that one with the glockenspiels with the french schoolchildren.
destroy : all those meandering ride-go-postrock guitarathons.

joni, Monday, 6 October 2003 23:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Once I heard their name I assumed they were a gabba satancore death metal act from Norway and was, needless to say, extremely disappointed when I finally heard their music. That name deserves a better fate.

colin s barrow (colin s barrow), Tuesday, 7 October 2003 02:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Saw them live once but the dirty three either outclassed them or were privy to more of my attention span.

I saw Dirty 3 live once and hated them. Droning, boring, dreadful wank. And I love GBYE and Mogwai so go figure.

Trayce (trayce), Tuesday, 7 October 2003 23:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

have to be seen live to be really understood (blah blah blah....it's true though)

One of the few regrets I do have, as their music deserves to be experienced live (preferably in a small- to medium- sized joint).

Nichole Graham (Nichole Graham), Tuesday, 7 October 2003 23:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

every time I've seen them live (quite a few) I've fallen asleep! this is either a good thing or a bad thing!

s1utsky (slutsky), Wednesday, 8 October 2003 01:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Henry Cow of the Noughties

Dadaismus (Dada), Wednesday, 8 October 2003 10:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I couldn't handle the extreme wank of it all.

Search: Tortoise, Disco Inferno, Trans Am, Mogwai
Destory: Godspeed You! Black Emperor (as I believe they call themselves, the fucking wankers), Sigur Ros

Sasha (sgh), Wednesday, 8 October 2003 11:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I couldn't handle the extreme wank of it all.

Search: Tortoise, Disco Inferno, Trans Am, Mogwai, Bark Psychosis
Destory: Godspeed You! Black Emperor (as I believe they call themselves, the fucking wankers), Sigur Ros

Sasha (sgh), Wednesday, 8 October 2003 11:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

there was another Godspeed thread where I said there wasn't really enough dynamics in the band to keep me interested though slightly better than Mogwai. I think its those tapes of mad ppl ranting that give them the edge.

Henry Cow are more interesting to me but both of 'em have this dry sound.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 8 October 2003 11:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

... I meant more in the sense of trying affect a worldwide proletarian revolution thru the medium of dusty-dry cerebral art rock

Dadaismus (Dada), Wednesday, 8 October 2003 11:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

... with no words

Dadaismus (Dada), Wednesday, 8 October 2003 11:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

OK, I listened twice more since I was last on the board. I like it a little better. I take back some of my previous comments. In fact, the rhythmic processes going on during the more normal parts are actually pretty similar to those of regular rock music, just done a lot slower. Some of the guitar solo bits actually remind me a little of Wish You Were Here-era Pink Floyd, and not in a bad way really. They do kind of have a simple sparse elegance in their way. (I might still agree with Colin that the sound collage parts are the best parts. I like the part at around 11:30 in track 3 with the treated voices. BTW did Radiohead sample or reference the start of that track for "Motion Picture Soundtrack"?) I like the way the guitar and violin are moving away from each other around 9:30 of track 3. The first 8 min or so of the album are classic. The 'hidden track' is cool with its drum blasts and that guitar tone. Some of the album actually feels like a really slow epic doom metal record, sort of like Neurosis doing a CBC period drama soundtrack, which isn't a bad thing necessarily. I think the only things that make it less accessible/interesting right away than a regular hard rock album are the lower energy level and the absence of a charismatic voice, which are easy to get past once you recognize them. (Maybe this is an obvious comment.) I wonder if the reason IDM and trip-hop have appealed more to me than post-rock is because I had less of an attachment to 'normal' dance or hip-hop conventions and processes to begin with. (Maybe same with modern classical.) I don't know if I'll end up rating this as high as Endtroducing but it is nice in its way.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Wednesday, 8 October 2003 14:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i used to really like,back when i had a more limited taste in music...
then i kind of wandered off and started listening to other stuff,and forgot about them...
i saw them live about a year ago,and really enjoyed it though...
i've just put on the slow riot ep,first time i've listened to them in ages,so i'll report back when i've listened to it...

robin (robin), Wednesday, 8 October 2003 15:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
I just listened to all of Lift Yr Skinny Fists . . .. I actually think it's genius, at least a hundred gazillion times better than F#A#oo (which I deleted from my hard drive pretty quickly). There's much more depth in terms of texture, harmony, and rhythm and the structures and changes are less predictable. They actually get some nice grooves going in the second disc. Parts remind me of Glenn Branca and Fred Frith. The noise is handled really well. I got right into it right from the glorious opening with the horns.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Sunday, 15 February 2004 20:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

GYBE! fans are a bunch of indie pussies who hated BLACK DICE opening for them.

Jon Williams (ex machina), Sunday, 15 February 2004 20:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

who could blame them?

Pablo Cruise (chaki), Sunday, 15 February 2004 22:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah black dice totally sucked when I saw them play last year.

Elliot (Elliot), Sunday, 15 February 2004 22:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

HAHA, INDIE FAGS.

Jon Williams (ex machina), Sunday, 15 February 2004 22:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Black Dice rocked my world when they opened for Godspeed. I think I was the only one in Toronto who liked them, though.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Sunday, 15 February 2004 23:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Hey, Barry! Do you know when the rochester to toronto ferry starts?

Jon Williams (ex machina), Sunday, 15 February 2004 23:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

There's really gonna be a Rochester-Toronto ferry?
I guess this will make it easier for Godspeed to play Rochester on their next tour? :)

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Sunday, 15 February 2004 23:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

HAHAHAHA FUNNY

Jon Williams (ex machina), Sunday, 15 February 2004 23:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

yah welcome to ilx

my mansplain songz (some dude), Sunday, 21 October 2012 01:58 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

setlist tonight in bmore-

Hope Drone
Mladic
Monheim
Behemoth ?
New Song ?
One of the segue songs ?
The Sad Mafioso

― spazzmatazz, Thursday, 4 October 2012 05:20 Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

A couple of gigs I've downloaded from either side of that have the setlist as

1. Hope Drone 2. Mladic 3. Monheim 4. Behemoth 5. The Sad Mafioso

with Behemoth as a new 45 minute long, um, behemoth.

Title probably inspired by LJ's post in 2010:

As I've often said here, GY!BE peaked with their final album - IMO it's several notches ahead of the others, and works that dynamic like a behemoth

― forgive me fada (acoleuthic), Saturday, 10 April 2010 00:11 Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

onimo, Monday, 5 November 2012 10:56 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I know Constellation doesn't have the luxury to decide who they'll sell wholesale to, but this is still hilarious: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=26873497&parentid=APARTMENT_MUSIC

This Is Not An ILX Username (LaMonte), Thursday, 13 December 2012 00:45 (five years ago) Permalink

ha ray i just saw your message, from my birthday no less! only got turned onto ilx like four months ago

you are my capitalism (spazzmatazz), Thursday, 13 December 2012 02:56 (five years ago) Permalink

* The 1st new recordings by Godspeed You! Black Emperor in a decade
* Clear proof of the band's powerful return to form
* Includes new versions of the tracks previously known "Albanian" & "Gamelan"
* As honest & heavy as the rest of their discography
* 180-gram LP pressing in tipped-on gatefold jacket
* Includes 7" vinyl & a 12 x 48" poster, plus a digital download code
* Constellation, 2012

you are my capitalism (spazzmatazz), Thursday, 13 December 2012 02:58 (five years ago) Permalink

I love the second one. "No, no, seriously - they've returned to form, powerfully!" "Oh yeah? PROVE IT."

Walter Galt, Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:05 (five years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

The second half of "We Drift Like Worried Fire" is pretty awesome

Man this song came up on shuffle just now and kinda broke my brain again.

i kant believe it's not buffon (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 3 June 2013 22:47 (four years ago) Permalink

Vinyl of 'Allelujah! Don't Bend Ascend from Urban Outfitters: $32.98
Vinyl of 'Allelujah! Don't Bend Ascend from Constellation: $18.00

Position Position, Monday, 3 June 2013 23:47 (four years ago) Permalink

Dud.

chromecassettes, Tuesday, 4 June 2013 02:51 (four years ago) Permalink

Playing the Barclays Center in October!

http://pitchfork.com/news/51053-nine-inch-nails-announce-massive-tour-with-godspeed-you-black-emperor/

Position Position, Thursday, 6 June 2013 12:57 (four years ago) Permalink

watching them play to an uninterested NIN crowd as it slowly fills up the arena seating sounds horrible tbh.

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 6 June 2013 13:08 (four years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

We're already making mincemeat out of them for that over on the Polaris thread.
Polaris Music Prize Shortlist - 2013

everything, Tuesday, 24 September 2013 19:39 (four years ago) Permalink

Oh. Been pretty inactive on this site of late, so I totally missed it.

c21m50nh3x460n, Tuesday, 24 September 2013 19:42 (four years ago) Permalink

lol @ these redditors "pleeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaasse upload that tape you have no idea how much their music means to me" -- get a life losers

marcos, Tuesday, 24 September 2013 20:21 (four years ago) Permalink

godspeed is great but i'm perfectly content knowing i'm never going to hear that tape.

marcos, Tuesday, 24 September 2013 20:22 (four years ago) Permalink

Was listening to the stream, got to the singing part...

Perhaps this is better left unreleased and buried away.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 24 September 2013 20:53 (four years ago) Permalink

Is the singing kind of uncomfortable to hear in the silver mt. zion way?

Z S, Tuesday, 24 September 2013 20:55 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

new album coming soon, excerpt of a track herein:

http://rock-a-rolla.com/main/?p=6212

alpine static, Tuesday, 24 February 2015 18:06 (three years ago) Permalink

There's a version of this track that's been floating around for a few years called Behemoth that's about four times as long.

That said, I really like this. GYBE! are pretty much the only post-rock band (in the circa 2000 crescendo-core sense) that I listen to any more.

ultros ultros-ghali, Tuesday, 24 February 2015 20:07 (three years ago) Permalink

According to the release, the album basically IS "Behemoth."

Simon H., Tuesday, 24 February 2015 20:41 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm excited

Dinsdale, Tuesday, 24 February 2015 21:10 (three years ago) Permalink

That excerpt is nice.

jmm, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:42 (three years ago) Permalink

Swans have kinda taken over the GYBE token schmindie longform art-rock slot ime. but the last album was nice, if not ~mindblowing~

Rae Yellamo -- Throw Summ0))) (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:52 (three years ago) Permalink

I guess there's a lot more vocals in Swans than GYBE so that's kind of a weird comparison to make... just saying I wish they had the same freeform/colalge aesthetic they used to rock so successfully in the 'good old days' instead of just riding these long waves of spooky intensity

Rae Yellamo -- Throw Summ0))) (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:55 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

really nice

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Thursday, 26 March 2015 00:22 (three years ago) Permalink

I have never met anyone that dislikes GYBE! Either they love them or they havn't heard of them. Am I the only one that doesn't like them?
― John Smith, Sunday, February 11, 2001 1:00 AM (14 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

"14 years ago" I met a girl who expressed disbelief when I told her I had heard of GYBE, but was not a fan
(I have subsequently been converted. & eagerly await the new album)

bernard snowy, Thursday, 26 March 2015 04:32 (three years ago) Permalink

man you sure blew it with her

j., Thursday, 26 March 2015 04:38 (three years ago) Permalink

New album's not the best thing they've done, but it's the heaviest certainly. I like it quite a lot, though.

If anyone's interested there are a couple of new tracks played live here:

https://archive.org/details/gybe2015-04-07.aud.flac24

They first new track's *kinda* derivative of Asunder etc but the second one sounds pretty awesome to me, getting more of a Yanqui feel from it.

ultros ultros-ghali, Wednesday, 8 April 2015 20:28 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm warming up to Asunder... was initially put off because, in contrast to the 4 distinct 'pieces' on Allelujah!, none of the 4 tracks here is satisfying taken on its own, & the album as a whole seems kinda monochrome & short on ideas compared to any of their previous releases. still, I'll be damned if it doesn't suck me in and hold my attention for 45 minutes, drone interludes and all.

agree with Ultros on the heaviness too -- "Piss Crowns" sits pretty comfortably alongside the fuzzed-out Sabbath-worship of Boris's Feedbacker (another record I'm playing a lot these days)

bernard snowy, Friday, 17 April 2015 15:27 (three years ago) Permalink

this album i do not like at all

i don't even want to listen to it again, but i'll force myself to and see if that changes anything

F♯ A♯ (∞), Friday, 17 April 2015 18:15 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

https://www.normanrecords.com/images/godspeed-luciferian-towers/0001.jpg

Luciferian Towers is a heavyweight 180gram audiophile pressing from Optimal (Germany) and comes in a gatefold jacket printed on uncoated paperboard with a printed inner dust sleeve and a 24"x24" pull-out poster that re-caps all four of the artwork panels created by Godspeed You! Black Emperor for the gatefold jacket. Also includes a DL card for 320kbps MP3 album.

This, this long-playing record, a thing we made in the midst of communal mess, raising dogs and children. eyes up and filled with dreadful joy - we aimed for wrong notes that explode, a quiet muttering amplified heavenward. we recorded it all in a burning motorboat.

1. UNDOING A LUCIFERIAN TOWERS - look at that fucking skyline! big lazy money writ in dull marble obelisks! imagine all those buildings much later on, hollowed out and stripped bare of wires and glass, listen- the wind is whistling through all 3,000 of its burning window-holes!

2. BOSSES HANG - labor, alienated from the wealth it creates, so that holy cow, most of us live precariously! kicking at it, but barely hanging on! also - the proud illuminations of our shortened lives! also - more of us than them! also - what we need now is shovels, wells, and barricades!

3. FAM / FAMINE - how they kill us = absentee landlord, burning high-rise. the loud panics of child-policemen and their exploding trigger-hands. with the dull edge of an arbitrary meritocracy. neglect, cancer maps, drone strike, famine. the forest is burning and soon they'll hunt us like wolves.

4. ANTHEM FOR NO STATE - kanada, emptied of its minerals and dirty oil. emptied of its trees and water. a crippled thing, drowning in a puddle, covered in ants. the ocean doesn't give a shit because it knows it's dying too.

Finally and in conclusion; The "luciferian towers" L.P. was informed by the following grand demands:
+ an end to foreign invasions
+ an end to borders
+ the total dismantling of the prison-industrial complex
+ healthcare, housing, food and water acknowledged as an inalienable human right
+ the expert fuckers who broke this world never get to speak again

much love to all the other lost and wondering ones,
xoxoxox god's pee / montréal / 4 juillet, 2017

Tracklisting:

1 Undoing A Luciferian Towera
2 Bosses Hang
3 Fam/Famine
4 Anthem For No State

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 14:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

Release date: 22 September 2017

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 14:43 (nine months ago) Permalink

If the music is anywhere near as good as the press release this will be an absolute stormer. Prime god's pee'd antics there, I love it!

brain (krakow), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 19:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

I've enjoyed their more modest post-reunion albums so far

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 3 August 2017 03:09 (nine months ago) Permalink

I was thinking of bringing this up but didn't reckon anyone else gave a shit! This is probably going to be as good as their other recent stuff, not matching up to their heyday but more godspeed is always welcome imo

ultros ultros-ghali, Thursday, 3 August 2017 09:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

New album streaming at NPR

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 14 September 2017 20:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

Sounding enjoyable

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Saturday, 16 September 2017 03:01 (eight months ago) Permalink

New album came today and I'm really enjoying it.

starving street dogs of punk rock (Odysseus), Friday, 22 September 2017 20:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

"undoing a luceferian towers" is immense

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 22 September 2017 21:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

It is, but I liked the last track the best.

starving street dogs of punk rock (Odysseus), Friday, 22 September 2017 21:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

Very much business as usual, but they're a band I don't mind essentially doing the same thing over and over again. Yeah, it's good.

ultros ultros-ghali, Saturday, 23 September 2017 10:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Efrim released a solo album last week:
https://efrimmanuelmenuck.bandcamp.com/album/pissing-stars

ArchCarrier, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 10:09 (three months ago) Permalink

hate the industry.
hate all industries.
no more beers.
co-owner of thee mighty "hotel2tango" recording studio.
recorded good and bad bands there.
a loudmouth sometimes.
and can be a moody motherfucker
and a total drag.

stubborn.
worried.
out of step.
ezra's father.

infinity (∞), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 16:31 (three months ago) Permalink

Don't enjoy his Silver Mt Zion stuff at all, but really liking this

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:48 (three months ago) Permalink

This is an audiophile 180gram pressing in midnight ultra-black vinyl

lmao

flappy bird, Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:51 (three months ago) Permalink

Good to see efrim still has a sense of humour

infinity (∞), Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:52 (three months ago) Permalink

Wow this is gorgeous
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKnFtgaMfmk

willem, Thursday, 8 February 2018 08:21 (three months ago) Permalink


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