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Montreal, Canada (1994 – 2003, 2010 – present)

Godspeed You! Black Emperor (formerly punctuated Godspeed You Black Emperor! and abbreviated to GY!BE, GYBE or Godspeed) is a Canadian band based in Montreal, Quebec.

Formed in 1994 in Montreal, Canada, the band has been highly influential within the genre. Working with orchestrated arrangements, the nine-piece group created tracks with wide dynamic ranges, a highly evocative use of instrumentation and sounds and uncompromising long form compositions. Their engrossing use of art and visuals in both album packaging and live performances creates an enigmatic aura.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor took their name from a little known 1976 Japanese black-and-white documentary by director Mitsuo Yanagimachi, which follows the exploits of a Japanese biker gang, the Black Emperors.

They are most commonly classified as post-rock, but are just as well recognized outside any established scene and take influences from a range of styles including , , music, composition and the . Each release usually consists of an entire piece divided into movements, mostly between 15 and 25 minutes, sometimes eponymously specified in the liner notes.

GY!BE, although formed around 1994 with three members, had as many as fifteen members but tended to have a core group of nine. Their instrumentation varied with the lineup but the music is mostly based around electric and bass guitars, as well as a string and a percussion section.


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  • bulletaurbulle


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  • Ende-Neu

    .. oh just let enlightenment reach the people..

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  • gruzzly

    i'm pretty sure the guy who said swans ripped off gy!be was trolling lmao

    Yesterday 12:28am Reply
  • Antonia-GIAA

    .. They don't sleep anymore on the beach.. <3

    Yesterday 9:49pm Reply
  • Anamnesis-

    I am Brazilian and i accept any friend request. I'm open to new artists and of various rhythms from all corners of the world. I always want to know more. Anyone with information is only pass that I accept and hear, and if you want, I also have a lot of good Brazilian music to display. Let's listen to music!

    26 Sep 1:23pm Reply
  • WaitingForMetal

    24 Sep 11:38pm Reply
  • Ende-Neu

    .. be [4].

    24 Sep 6:29pm Reply
  • paradoxo_

    I remember when Explosions in the Sky was the main "similar artist". So inaccurate.

    24 Sep 2:27pm Reply
  • Taki90

    lol at calling swans a gybe ripoffs,i like both bands but if it wasn't for "soundtracks for the blind" gybe would be a different band to say the least !

    24 Sep 12:29am Reply
  • Chestar

    be silly [3]

    23 Sep 5:57pm Reply
  • BetoMMacedo


    21 Sep 5:23pm Reply
  • Ende-Neu

    .. "Don't be silly" [2].

    21 Sep 12:35pm Reply
  • lebital

    Don't be silly @bulletaurbulle. Swans started their career on 1982, which actually means that they started 12 years earlier than GY!BE. I love both bands, but if there's one band who deserves lots of credits for their legacy, is Swans.

    21 Sep 1:42am Reply
  • bulletaurbulle

    Swans on similar artists is a proof that they are a rip-off of gy!be

    20 Sep 7:52pm Reply
  • Ende-Neu

    .. "No, Thanks. " [~3 000 000]

    20 Sep 12:02pm Reply
  • dmandino

    For those who want to hear something different in the post-rock genre:

    19 Sep 10:21pm Reply
  • taylorbroad

    If you like Godspeed You, you might like ambient lo-fi folk act The Noises We Make When No One Is Around. The debut ep is available on Bandcamp on September 29th but until then, you can listen via Soundcloud; Enjoy!

    15 Sep 2:36pm Reply
  • Ende-Neu

    - oh, heya!

    14 Sep 12:35am Reply
  • CamusGod

    Hey guys

    13 Sep 5:36pm Reply
  • AndruwaVanguard

    недавно открыла для сибя гад из эн астронаут... послушала... понравилось... асобинна песня форевер лост... потом один мой знакомый кинул мне на стену какой-та гадспидюблэкэмперор, наварит "базарю крутой пост-рок всего 10 минут песня послущай ещё захочешь". Кароче, послушала и мне не понравилось... да это вообще не пост-рок, скрипочки какие-то, меня чуть не стошнило))))))

    13 Sep 2:01pm Reply
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