Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Godspeed You! Black Emperor performing live in Roadburn festival in 2018
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
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Years active
  • 1994–2003
  • 2010–present

Godspeed You! Black Emperor (sometimes called GY!BE or Godspeed)[2] is a Canadian post-rock band. They formed in Montreal, Canada in 1994. After making their first album in 1997, the group played at concerts from 1998 to 2003. In 2000, they released Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven. It was called one of the best albums of the 2000s.[3] In 2003, the band took a break so that the members could play other kinds of music. They came back together in 2010, and released four more albums. Their newest album is G_d's Pee at State's End!. It was released in 2021.

The band is known for being very important in post-rock music.[4][5] Their music is usually instrumental, and is about ideas such as war and anarchism. The band often puts monologues into their songs. In 2013, the album 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! won the Polaris Music Prize.

Studio albums[change | change source]

  • F♯ A♯ ∞ (1997)
  • Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven (2000)
  • Yanqui U.X.O. (2002)
  • 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! (2012)
  • Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress (2015)
  • Luciferian Towers (2017)
  • G_d's Pee at State's End! (2021)

References[change | change source]

  1. Godspeed You! Black Emperor at AllMusic
  2. "Noted and Notable: New GY!BE and More, PopMatters". PopMatters. 2012-10-11. Retrieved 2022-11-04.
  3. "Sputnikmusic - Top 100 Albums of the Decade (10-1) « Staff Blog". Retrieved 2022-11-04.
  4. Paine, Andre (2013-11-22). "Godspeed You! Black Emperor, O2 Academy Brixton - music review". Evening Standard. Retrieved 2022-11-04.
  5. "Review: Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! [Album] - #AltSounds". web.archive.org. 2013-03-18. Archived from the original on 2013-03-18. Retrieved 2022-11-04.