God's Pee*'Allelujah! Don't Bend Ascend

Label:Constellation – CST081-2
CD, Album
Style:Post Rock, Drone


2Their Helicopters' Sing6:30
3We Drift Like Worried Fire20:07
4Strung Like Lights At Thee Printemps Erable6:31

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Sides A1 and A2 [tracks 1 and 3] were recorded at thee mighty Hotel2Tango.
Sides B1 and B2 [tracks 2 and 4] recorded in concrete jamspace and mixed at The Pines.
All of it mastered at Greymarket.

CD comes in a custom gatefold jacket printed on 100% recycled paperboard in 4-colour process plus spot metallic ink and spot matte varnish. CD dust sleeve is also 4-colour print.

Made in Canada

The sticker on the front has the artist name as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, but on the spine and insert it has God's Pee.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (String (Sticker)): 666561008123
  • Barcode (Text (Sticker)): 6 66561 00812 3
  • Matrix / Runout: WWW.DUPLICATION.CA 357672 MADE IN CANADA AMT44660R 278-C2-8741-31561A
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI ZP03
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI ZP07
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): WWW.DUPLICATION.CA 357672**CST081 MADE IN CANADA AMT66061R 278-C2-26565-76552A

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
'Allelujah! Don't Bend Ascend (LP, 7", 45 RPM, All Media, Album)ConstellationCST081-1USA & Canada2012
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'Allelujah! Don't Bend Ascend (4×File, MP3, Album, 256 kbps)ConstellationCST0812012
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'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! (4×File, MP3, Album, VBR)ConstellationnoneGermany2012
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'Allelujah! Don't Bend Ascend (CD, Album)P-Vine Records, ConstellationPCD-17587, CST081-2Japan2012
Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! (4×File, AAC, Album)Constellationnone2012


  • RevengeOfPluto's avatar
    While not the strongest release from the group, what can you expect? This is a comeback record after a ten year hiatus. It's full of fun little drone bits and well placed samples, along with some interesting to hear instrumentals.
    • anduine's avatar
      Definitely a drone-oriented piece, but wonderful subtleties the more you listen. My vinyl copy sounds gorgeous, sorry to hear some have noisy copies. I found the vinyl production to be stellar. I bought several of their records at once direct from constellation and they slipped a nice handwritten note thanking me for their support :)
      • blewbird33's avatar
        I compared 'Allelujah!' to Yanqui U.X.O. and found the latter far more subtle and exciting. What happened between 2002 and 2012, it makes you wonder.
        • iAMesper's avatar
          great band but calling themselves "god's pee" on this version is pretty retarded no offense.
          • Babkock's avatar
            Ah ha. The much-coveted, very rare misprint. The result of a prank by a record executive. Authored to "God's Pee", this CD is a gem for fans and collectors alike.
            • Headphone_Commute's avatar
              The storm is coming. It’s Monday, October 29th, and hurricane Sandy is scheduled to land on the shores of New York City in just a couple of hours. The governor has declared a state of emergency. The stock market has shut down. Even the presidential election has been put on hold. There’s something inevitable about Sandy’s approach. There’s nowhere to run. There’s not much to do. We just have to wait it out. It’s ten o’clock in the morning, but the sky is dark as night. I shut off the lights and roll up the window blinds. I open the windows, and let the wind do its dance through my home. I can smell the electricity in every tiny particle that enters my room. And all I need now is some music.

              There’s nothing more apocalyptic than the sound of Godspeed. The Montreal based band has been credited with influencing the so-called post-rock music genre since their debut, titled F♯ A♯ ∞ (1997). Named after a documentary on Japanese biker gang, The Black Emperors (1976), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (which is commonly abbreviated as GY!BE) has put out numerous records on the Canadian Constellation imprint, home to many shoegaze, instrumental rock, and post-rock bands such as Esmerine, Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Lullabye Arkestra and Do Make Say Think. The albums have also been reprinted by the Chicago based Kranky label, which exposed the band to a larger audience and gained them somewhat of a cult following among the experimental, ambient, and indie scenes.

              It’s hard to describe the sound of Godspeed. Like an unstoppable moving storm, ready to consume and destroy everything in its path, the music of Godspeed is all about the dynamics. These build ups, inevitable from the very first note, first lurk behind the curtains and then explode onto the stage. This final appearance is raw, heavy, and mighty. The cinematic progression behind each track can take up to twenty minutes to unfold. And in those twenty minutes your mind may wonder and drift with the wailing melody until its jarred back into the presence with a volatile and unstable weather. No need to turn up the volume – the crescendos will come. No need to board up your windows – the glass still will shatter. But with destruction comes hope, credence and peace. No wonder the album is titled, ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

              our cities’ grace and pain
              a stinkin’ wind – a plague of policemen
              and our dreams, alit, sinking in the harbour
              thee onlookers stare.
              ‘allelujah! don’t bend! ascend!

              After a ten year hiatus, it’s great to see Godspeed return. The band still maintains its dark humor (the spine of the record is credited to “God’s Pee”) and political message (the focus is now war criminals and Quebec student protests). This long awaited comeback may signify a point of reflection on the evolution of social landscape and independent music culture. “Godspeed’s music will do that to you. It is music that bears witness to, channels and transforms this predominantly terrible, infuriating, venal and nihilistically sad story we’re all living, sharing, resisting, protesting, deconstructing and trying to change for the better.” And since it’s really hard to describe the sound of Godspeed, I only wish to share one final phrase: Godspeed’s music makes you feel! And that’s a transmission of message through sound.
              • edostefano's avatar
                Recorded from late 2011 through about May 2012...
                • eduard_tetzlaff's avatar
                  great record but in every tune "more of the same" - not to blame the band, they created a genre but I'm not that enthusiastic...


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