Godspeed You Black Emperor!

Godspeed You Black Emperor!

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Formed : 1994 // Montreal, QC, Canada
Godspeed You! Black Emperor is an experimental nine-piece from Montreal, Canada that specializes in instrumental music of haunting beauty. They've released six discs of music, with a grand total of fifteen pieces of music, so you know they can write some extended ideas. Formed in 1994, GYBE! consists of Roger Tellier-Craig (guitar), Norsola Johnson (cello), Efrim Menuck (guitar), Mauro Pezzente (bass), David Bryant (guitar), Thierry Amar (bass), Sophie Trudeau (violin), Aidan Girt (percussion), and Bruce Cawdron (percussion). GYBE!'s music could probably be described as long, dark and moody. Their sound was once compared to Tangerine Dream, except that GYBE! uses no keyboards. They paint a similar sonic texture to Tangerine Dream, but they do it using cello, violin, upright bass, and three guitars, rather than synths. In fact, GYBE! is very organic, often bringing in spoken word samples, as well as glockenspiel.
NB: 'Godspeed You Black Emperor!' was the band's name until the release of 'Yanqui U.X.O.', when they moved the exclamation mark to give 'Godspeed You! Black Emperor', a more correct translation of the Japanese biker documentary they got it from.

Godspeed You Black Emperor! Discography


none God Speed You Black Emperor!* All Lights Fucked On The Hairy Amp Drooling(Cass, Ltd) Not On Label (Godspeed You Black Emperor! Self-released) none Canada 1994 Sell This Version
CST 003 Godspeed You Black Emperor! F♯ A♯ ∞ (Album) Constellation CST 003 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
PCD-5608/9 Godspeed You Black Emperor! Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven (Album) Constellation PCD-5608/9 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
cst 024, CST024-1 Godspeed You! Black Emperor* Yanqui U.X.O. (Album) Constellation, Constellation cst 024, CST024-1 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
CST081-1 Godspeed You! Black Emperor* 'Allelujah! Don't Bend Ascend (Album) Constellation CST081-1 Canada 2012 Sell This Version
CST111 Godspeed You! Black Emperor* Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress (Album) Constellation CST111 Canada 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Maze001 Godspeed You Black Emperor! / Fly Pan Am Godspeed You Black Emperor! / Fly Pan Am - Sunshine + Gasoline / L'espace Au Sol Est Redessiné Par D'immenses Panneaux Bleus aMAZEzine! Maze001 Canada 1998 Sell This Version
cst006 Godspeed You Black Emperor! Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada E.P. (EP) Constellation cst006 Canada 1999 Sell This Version
JNR172 Godspeed You! Black Emperor* We Drift Like Worried Fire (Excerpt)(Lathe, 7", Shape, S/Sided, Ltd, Num, Cle) Joyful Noise Recordings JNR172 US 2015 Sell This Version

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May 8, 2015
I always thought it was "Godspeed You! Black Emperor" in lieu of "Godspeed You Black Emperor!". Anyone care to clarify this?


November 1, 2013
So supreme to make me truly feel hopeful about our humanity.


December 4, 2012
They make worlds arise and burn them down on one side of a vinyl. Simply one of the best bands in the last 30 years......


June 22, 2012
Godspeed is my favorite band, I know all their songs by heart lol


December 15, 2011


October 30, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
This is music of unrivalled depth for me.Exploring themes which are becoming ever more relevant in these troubled times,Godspeed manage to harness despair,frustration and sadness but also reflect hope and inner strength at the same time.It's music which takes the listener beyond that which he or she is hearing.The music itself is generally laced with spoken word / interview samples,which inspite of not being a new idea,brings a great deal to the atmosphere created and leads the listener in different directions throughout.This is not to say that these samples pre-determine the listeners journey in a negative way,but rather keeps them tuned in to the message and thoughts trying to be conveyed by the band - those of change,decay,injustice and so on.Whether we choose to derive positive feelings from the music is more a product of our (the listeners) disposition.
Either way,this music will move you.

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